Paleonet: Synthesys: Visit the Swedish Museum of Natural History

Stefan Bengtson stefan.bengtson at
Tue Aug 21 08:12:24 GMT 2007

Dear Paleonetters,

Now is another chance to travel to Stockholm under the Synthesys 
programme. The programme offers opportunity for paleontologists (and 
other scientists) in the EU and associated countries to make shorter 
(up to three months) visits to a major European natural history 
institution, such as the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The 
application deadline is September 28th, and you must first contact 
the host institution to agree on the details. You will find all the 
necessary information at and through links 
from that page.

Welcome to Stockholm!



Research funding opportunity for European natural history scientists

Europe's foremost natural history institutions invite scientists 
based in European member, candidate, and associated states to visit 
and access their collections and analytical facilities.

Twenty institutions, including museums and botanical gardens, have 
joined together to form SYNTHESYS. The ambition is to create a single 
'virtual' museum service consisting of many physical collections and 
analytical facilities, together with integrated databases of 
information about those collections. Main beneficiaries are the 
European research communities in the biosciences and geosciences, and 
particularly those researchers with an interest in biodiversity.

The co-operating institutions are organized in 11 national Taxonomic 
Facilities (TAFs). As one important element, the project comprises a 
visiting researcher programme. It enables European scientists to 
access more than 337 million specimens housed in the partners' 
collections, state-of-the-art equipment, and internationally renowned 
expertise, and provides training and supervision in relevant fields. 
The institutions also collaborate in network activities aiming to 
improve the coordination, accessibility and high-standard 
preservation of natural history collections.

The SYNTHESYS visiting researcher programme covers costs for research 
and accommodation whilst based at the institution, plus international 
travel costs, and offers a per diem to contribute towards living 
costs during short visits (maximum of 60 working days) at one or more 

Please visit for full details on how to apply for 
funding including a list of all SYNTHESYS partners and their 
facilities, applicant eligibility criteria, and the application form 
(available 15 July). NEW: Researchers from Croatia, FYR Macedonia and 
the Republic of Serbia are now eligible for SYNTHESYS funding. The 
second last deadline will be Friday 28 September 2007, 17.00 GMT. A 
FINAL call will be arranged in approximately six months in spring 

NEW: Scientists from Croatia, FYR Macedonia and the Republic of 
Serbia are eligible for SYNTHESYS funding.

Stefan Bengtson
Professor, Head of Department
Department of Palaeozoology
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm

tel. +46-8 5195 4220
      +46-8 732 5218 (home)
fax  +46-8 5195 4184
e-mail stefan.bengtson at
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