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Fotos: HwaJa Götz, Carola Radke/ MfN

Synthesis of Systematic Resources

SYNTHESYS+ is a DiSSCo project and funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme). It creates an integrated European infrastructure for natural history collections and provides the base for DiSSCo. The Natural History Museum London (NHM) is project coordinator. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) is one of several partner institutions.

SYNTHESYS+ builds upon SYNTHESYS 1-3 and is the fourth and final iteration running from 02/2019 until 01/2023. The former three iterations ran from 02/2004 until 07/2009, 09/2009 until 08/2013, and from 09/2013 until 08/2017.

The cooperating international partners implement several tasks, which constitute four core strands.

Core strands


Network Activities (NA) – Network activities will support and develop the infrastructure of natural history collections across Europe. These activities will provide foundations for DiSSCo by improving quality and quantity of online collection information for virtual usage and by determining best practice benchmarks for the collection management, standard increase and facilitation of access for all local users.


Joint Research Activity (JRA) – SYNTHESYS+ will develop new collections services and technologies for researchers around the world. Projects include the development of digital collections infrastructure, and applying artificial intelligence to speed up processes that make collections digitally available.


Transnational Access (TA) – Supports scientific transfer by funding short visits to easily utilize collections, staff expertise, and analytical facilities at one of the 21 partner institutions (TAF members) for the purposes of the users‘ research.

In Germany, there are five TAF-Members = DE-TAF ("Taxonomic Access Facilities Germany"):

  • Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin (BGBM)
  • Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)
  • Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (SMNS)
  • Zoologisches Museum Alexander König Bonn (ZFMK)
  • Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN)

The MfN is the coordinator of DE-TAF.

The next EU-wide call for applications for short research visits (TA Call 4) will launch 19th April 2022. Further information


Virtual Access (VA) – Users request virtual access to collections. Successful applications will lead to a funding for digitising collections according to community demand and data will be made openly available.

Further information