Finnish Museum of Natural History

SYNTHESYS funding available to visit LUOMUS collections

Pasi Sihvonen

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.

In 2020, there will be two types of Access: Trasnational Access (TA) and Virtual Access (VA).

Call 2 of SYNTHESYS+ Transnational Access is open 13 January 2020 - 26 March 2020 (17:00 UK time).

The Transnational Access programme offers researchers

  • Funds to support a researcher's travel, accommodation, & subsistence, whilst they complete a short research visit at any one of our TA participating organisations.
  • Access to collection(s), equipment and other research infrastructure(s) named in their proposal.

Call 1 of Virtual Access will open for Proposals on 20 February 2020. Proposers must contact relevant VA Coordinator(s) by 2 April 2020. The Call closes 30 April 2020 (17.00 UK time).

19 SYNTHESYS+ partners are preparing to offer Virtual Access (VA) to their collections. Researching a collection often requires being physically present in the collection itself. Virtual Access aims to remove the reliance on physical access and trial an industry-first 'Digitisation on Demand' (DoD) model.

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
FI-TAF Virtual Access coordinator

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).