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 TA 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 that our collections and knowledge are shared and used to the maximum benefit of all; it will allow the partnership institutions to set the highest possible standards in collection care and take on the responsibility for ensuring their long-term availability.

The NAs will broaden and deepen the relationship between all natural history facilities in Europe. Directors of all CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities) facilities will be encouraged to use the knowledge, best practice and standards created in these NAs. Co-operation from natural history institutions in states outside the members of the Union will be sought, to ensure that best practise and standards for collection management and access are developed on a global basis.

Under the last SYNTHESYS contract (FP6) there were five technical NAs and one management NA, led by the Natural History Museum, London. Under the current contract (under FP7) two of the technical NAs will continue, along with the management NA.

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


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