SYNTHESYS Advanced Training in Collections Management

Thank you for your interest in the SYNTHESYS Advanced Training in Collections Management. For more information about the training modules, please click on the links below.

Module 1: Effective collections emergency planning and salvage

Module NA3: Information Networks (digitization, IT and related activities for database and collections management)

Module 2: Access to collections

Module 3: Molecular collections

Module 4: Basic collections techniques

Module 5: Ethnobiology

(Photos by Caroline Van Poucke and Patricia Mergen, copyright RMCA)


To register, please fill in the application form. There are only a limited number of places available and only 1 or 2 participants per country will be accepted. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively involved in collection management/care at their institute.

SYNTHESYS will provide 2 lunches for participants in lunch-to-lunch meetings. Travel, accommodation and other costs must be covered by the participants (or their institute).

If you have any questions, please contact: kim.jacobsen(at)

! ! ! ! ! The Synthesys Advanced Training in Collections Management is now finished ! ! ! ! !
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Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative

Belgium hosts important natural history collections, libraries, well-equipped research facilities and well-trained scientific and curatorial staff.

To ensure that this rich taxonomic patrimony can also serve taxonomists from the developing world, the Belgian GTI NFP annually issues two types of grants.

Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2014

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:00 - Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:00
Event Description and Information: 

News from IFS (International Foundation for Sciences)

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT of Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2014

 Call will open:           December 1, 2013

Call will close:           January 31, 2014


Anticipated announcement of results:  July 31, 2014.


Full details and instructions on the submission procedure will be made available here when the call opens.

The following information is also available now:

»  Eligibility criteria (including eligible countries)

»  Application Forms  (for both 1st and renewal Grants)

»  Guidelines in English

»  Directives en franҫais (Guidelines in French)

»  IFS Individual Research Approach

»  Research Areas funded by IFS

Invitation_Symposium "Nature and Governance" & EU BON KickOff in Berlin (11-15 Feb 2013)

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 09:00 - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 18:00
Event Description and Information: 

The EU BON project which is coordinated by the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin (Germany) has started on 1st December and will continue for 4.5 years. We are very happy to have you on board!

The EU BON KickOff meeting will be held in Berlin from 13-15 February 2013. The KickOff will be preceded by a Symposium "Nature and governance: biodiversity data, science and policy interface” from 11-12 February in Berlin with high-ranking speakers.

Main topics will be:

- What (data) policy needs?

- The future of biodiversity information: new ways for generating, managing, and integrating biodiversity data.

- How new approaches / models can link scales and disciplines.

- Broadening the base and opening up: new ways to engage the public and stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and assessments.

Herewith you are invited to share with us this outstanding Symposium and the EU BON KickOff meeting.

Please register for the Symposium and the EU BON KickOff on this website:

The booking form for the Seminaris Hotel is available on this website too.

For our planning it would be helpful if you would do your registration and your hotel booking soon.

The participation in both the Symposium and the Kickoff Meeting are free of charge. Accommodation and travel costs have to be covered by the partners themselves. It is advisable to have at least two colleagues from your institution/per partner attending.

Legal aspects of shipping preserved animals and tissues

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:00 - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:00

Muséum des Sciences Naturelles, rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels (Belgium)

Event Description and Information: 

Day 1: Legal requirements for shipping specimens, Access Benefit Sharing, CITES & animal protection legislation, Veterinary legislation

Day 2: Customs law, IATA regulations & IATA training A180 module, Packing & shipping: marking & documentation requirements


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:00 - 17:00

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin (Germany)

Event Description and Information: 


CETAF-Workshop "Legal aspects of shipping preserved animals and tissues"

in Cooperation with Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin and Zoologischen Staatssammlung München.

more info

Module 4: Basic collections techniques

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:00 - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 13:00

Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin, Germany

Event Description and Information: 

The training "basic collections techniques" is an introductory module on care and management of zoological collections aimed at persons that have limited experience with collection work or those who wish to update their knowledge in this field. This three part training will consist of a course on conservation procedures (half day), on basic techniques in collection care (including aspects of dry and wet collections with their specific requirements, full day) and a course on data documentation and labeling (half day). This training will provide a brief insight into the most essential topics of basic collection care and management, including aspects of preservation and preventive conservation.

Topics covered:

Day one (Conservation procedures): basic issues in preventive conservation, climate control, integrated pest management, materials, testing, ageing, risk management and other aspects of standard conservation procedures.

Day two (Basic techniques in collection care): A. Dry collections: care of entomological collections, care of skins and bones, conservation issues in dry collections B. wet collections, properties of ethanol, denaturing agents, jars, lids, issue of ph in wet collections.

Day three (Data documentation and labelling): handling of field data, registration, data cleaning, database, labels in wet collections, labels in dry collections.

More info

Registration is open (deadline 31/10/2012). To register, please fill in the application form.

Molecular Collections

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 13:00 - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 13:00

CSIC, Madrid (Spain)

Event Description and Information: 

Full Title: Molecular collections management and linkage between biological specimen repositories and molecular sequence databases

The correct preservation of material derived from biological specimens and their associated data are essential to ensure compatibility, reproducibility, and knowledge extension in all areas of biological research. This way, molecular collections can provide long-term storage and access of well documented DNA samples and voucher specimens. They also link DNA samples to their vouchers (specimen and information) and to inferred molecular data stored in public sequence databases facilitating taxonomic verification of molecular analysed organisms. This training course is aimed at any person who wants to begin organizing a collection of tissues and DNA to curate the products of molecular research preserved at national history institutions, as well as for persons who already have began a collection but would like to obtain additional information on management standards and protocols.

Access to collections

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:00 - Friday, April 27, 2012 - 12:45

Natural History Museum, Budapest (Hungary)

Event Description and Information: 

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a framework of the different aspects of access to collections, a toolkit for further development of internal policies and guidelines regarding access to collections at each home museum, contacts with colleagues at other European museums, a mutual exchange of experiences.

Train-the-trainer: Methods in collections management training

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:00 - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 14:00
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