Finnish Museum of Natural History

SYNTHESYS funding available to visit LUOMUS collections

Pasi Sihvonen

LUOMUS collections include over 13 million specimens. Research is carried out in four units: Botany, Zoology, Natural Sciences, and Biodiversity Informatics. Photo shows dung beetles from Madagascar.

Europe's leading natural history museums and biodiversity centres provide transnational access to their collections under European Commission funded SYNTHESYS+ project (2019–2023). Funding is available to provide scientists based in European Member and Associated States to undertake short visits to utilize the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities at one of the 21 partner institutions for the purposes of their research.

LUOMUS is one of the SYNTHESYS+ organisations and we invite scientists not based in Finland to visit our collections. Our collections include 13.3 million specimens and 110 000 type specimens, and coverage of Northern and Eastern Eurasian areas is particularly good. Parts of lichenized fungi, bryophyte and insect collections are among the most important in the world.

We offer to our transnational visitors full access to the collections, supervised access to equipment, and dedicated support to make visits as efficient as possible.

Next call for applications for Transnational Access is open between 1 February - 12 April 2019. Apply for Access. Three more calls will open annually between 2020-2022.

Note that only 20% of SYNTHESYS+ total access funding can be granted to researchers not working in an EU or associated country. See a list of H2020 EU and associated countries and SYNTHESYS+ FAQ pages for details on eligibility.

Contact in Finnish Museum of Natural History, phone +358 50 4150236 (general guidance, zoology, natural sciences)
SYNTHESYS+ project manager, FI-TAF leader, phone +358 50 4160388 (botany)
FI-TAF deputy leader

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 823827 (H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020/H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1).