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University of Copenhagen: Natural History Museum of Denmark (UCPH)

 

 
 

WHO WE ARE

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD) is Denmark’s national museum for Natural History and at the same time a department of the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science. There is about 50 permanent scientific staff and a large number of students, postdocs and staff working on various projects. The collections amount to ca. 14 mio specimens plus the living collection in the Botanical Garden. The museum has three overarching research themes: Origin and evolution of Earth and the solar system – Origin, evolution and diversity of the living Nature – Interactions between Nature and Man. Facilities include SEM and state-of-the-art molecular labs. The public exhibitions are visited by ca. 100.000 persons per year, and the museum engages in many other forms of outreach to schools, high-schools and the general public. The international secretariat of GBIF is placed at the museum which is also co-hosting the Danish GBIF node, DanBIF.

WHAT OUR EXPERIENCE IS

In addition to research, collections, and outreach the museum is involved in several international/ European collaborative efforts, including CETAF, SYNTHESYS and OpenUp!

WHAT WE DO IN EU BON

  • Assessment and evaluation of biodiversity data sources
  • Harmonization of European taxonomic backbone and analysis of taxonomic coverage
  • Integration of taxonomic backbone data
  • Integrated approaches for focused biodiversity data mobilization
  • Exploring citizen science – based approaches for mobilizing and generating biodiversity data

IN EU BON WE MAINLY CONTRIBUTE TO

WP 1 Data sources: requirements, gap analysis and data mobilization
WP 3 Improving tools and methods for data analysis and interface
WP 6 Stakeholder engagement and science-policy dialogue

WE ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN

  • CETAF
  • OpenUp!
  • SYNTHESYS
  • GBIF

 

Prof. Henrik Enghoff 
  • Professor of zoological systematics and biogeography
  • Representing the museum in SYNTHESYS and OpenUp!
  • Research interests: taxonomy, especially of millipedes.
Dr. Isabel Calabuig 
  • Entomologist, node manager and data curator of DanBIF
  • Research interests: Biodiversity informatics, solitary bee diversity, population ecology, behaviour, and taxonomy
Lotte Endsleff 
  • Biologist, web editor and scientific communications officer at DanBIF
  • Web content and website management, science communication, social networking, conference organisation, biodiversity informatics
 
Martin Stein 
  • Collection coordinator
  • Data manager

 

 

 


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