Network Activities


The SYNTHESYS Network Activities (NAs) are an integrated package that support and develop the natural history infrastructure in Europe. The greater integration that will result from these activities will enhance the experience of Access users and other visitors.

The NAs aims to raise scientists' awareness of best practice in handling and sampling collections by offering improved training and workshop opportunities, and guidelines for the care, storage and conservation of collections. It will create an integrated European resource; bringing together the biological and geological collections held by major natural history museums and other institutions.

SYNTHESYS, through its NAs will ensure usability of collections is enhanced by increased adoption of common standards and protocols. In addition, the NAs will make collections information available electronically to Users by addressing a number of bottle necks to populating the electronic infrastructure.

The NAs will broaden and deepen the relationship between all natural history facilities in Europe by encouraging use the knowledge, best practice and standards created in these NAs. Co-operation from natural history institutions outside the EU will be sought, to ensure that best practise and standards for collection management and access are developed on a global basis.

Under the current SYNTHESYS contract (FP7) there are two technical NAs and one management NA, led by the Natural History Museum, London.

If you would like more information about the technical NAs, please click on the links below or email:

NA Description
NA 2 Collections Standards
NA 3 Consolidating the Information Network of European Natural History Collections

Under the previous SYNTHESYS contract (FP6) there were five technical NAs. If you would like more information on the outcomes of these please click here.

NA Description
NA B Complementarity
NA C Collections Standards
NA D Developing and maintaining databases
NA E Collections management for New Types of collections (i.e. Molecular)
NA F Implementation of Novel and Physical Analytical Methods in collections