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Co-operation Projects

The following projects, presented in alphabetical order, sort under the Research Division Directorate.


Daubenton is a mobility scheme for personnel working with natural history collections. Employees at the museum working with collection management and care are hosted for short training visits by one of nine partner institutions. The museum on the other hand receives collection staff from five of the partners which have corresponding programmes in their countries.

The project is supported by the European Commission's "Lifelong Learning", Leonardo da Vinci, and administrated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).external link


or the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, is an international organisation that provides free and universal access to data on the world's biodiversity. The Swedish Museum of Natural History is the Swedish GBIF node.

GBIF-Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Other international biodiversity projects that the Swedish Museum of Natural History participates in are:

LIFE WATCHexternal link, opens in new window E-science and technology infrastructure for biodiversity data and observatories

PESI,external link, opens in new window A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure

BioFresh,external link, opens in new window Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems

GPI and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) is an international collaboration aiming to digitise and make available plant type specimens, together with other botanical resources, for scholarly purposes. The GPI network of content providers includes more than 231 partner herbaria representing over 66 countries. Since its inception in 2003, this global effort to digitise and provide access to plant types has been funded and spearheaded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundationexternal link, opens in new window.

The Swedish Museum of Natural History has been with the GPI project since the beginning and currently runs  two projects, watch a presentations of the projects.

The output of GPI is presented through JSTOR Plant Scienceexternal link, opens in new window.

Read more about the Global Plants initiativeexternal link, opens in new window


The Nordsim-laboratory is located in the Laboratory for Isotope Geology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. Nordsim is a Nordic facility, funded jointly by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. It is based around a Cameca 1280 ion microprobe, an advanced mass spectrometer which allows direct in situ measurement of isotopic and elemental composition in selected micrometer sized areas of a sample.

Read more about NORDSIM


Pest Research and Education – Museums Archives and Libraries, PRE-MAL, is a Swedish working group of experts on entomology, occupational medicin, and conservation of wood, textile, paper and natural history specimens. The group carries out research and informs about pest control in museums and other institutions with cultural and natural history collections. The PRE-MAL secretariat is at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Read more about PRE-MAL


In SYNTHESYS, 18 partner institutions from 12 European countries have joined to create an integrated European resource for researchers in the natural sciences in Europe and globally. The participating institutions, including the Swedish Museum of Natural History, host together more than half of the world’s natural history specimens. This unique collaboration will improve collections’ management in the long term and greatly enhance accessibility to the collections in a coordinated way.

Read more about SYNTHESYS


Euraxess - Researchers in Motion

The Euraxess portal features links to 200 service centers in 35 European countries. Here visiting scientists can find information about research opportunities and practicalities of living conditions in different countries.

EURAXESS Swedenexternal link

EURAXESS Europeexternal link

EURAXESS on Facebookexternal link

MetTrans - Metal Transport in the Environment

MetTrans is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network of academic and industrial partners with a focus on outstanding issues in the migration of metals in the environment. The Department of Geosciences (former Laboratory for Isotope Geology) at the museum takes part in the MetTrans project.

Read more about MetTrans

MetTrans international web pageexternal link, opens in new window