Participation in major European and international research programmes is an important aspect of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle’s scientific partnership.
The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle was largely in line with the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (PCRDT), during the 2007-2013 period.
The Muséum’s researchers and research teams were involved in over thirty European projects falling within the PCRDT by participating in or leading collaborative projects, Marie Curie grants and ERC projects, and involving all the establishment’s scientific disciplines (Environment, Health, Biotechnology, Engineering Science and Human and Social Sciences).
The Muséum continues to be involved in the European Commission’s new multi-annual programme for the 2014-2020 period - "Horizon 2020".
Furthermore, the establishment participates in European and international initiatives, including the CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities), also hosts the GBIF French central hub, and coordinates the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, which is dependent upon on the European Environment Agency.
Besides its field missions which take place in practically every continent, the Muséum is a major contributor to the global scientific community either on a bilateral basis or by participating in global programmes in its fields of competence.
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The Muséum has signed almost a hundred collaboration agreements with other Muséums worldwide as well as with scientific institutions and universities. They generally have a broad reach, but consist of cooperation programmes on topics as diverse as taxidermy, inventories, the functioning of ecosystems, natural substances, prehistory, geology and mineralogy, palaeontology, anthropology and ethnology, museology, etc.
The collections assist a large number of foreign institutions with their research.
In the field, most research is conducted in cooperation with local scientific institutions.
Finally, the Muséum makes its laboratory facilities available to over a hundred foreign researchers and many researchers spend time working in foreign research teams.
The Muséum contributes to major international projects, some of which it coordinates itself.
Thus, the Muséum is home to the GBIF France, the aim of which is to gather together all the data on biodiversity hosted in France, whether it is for biodiversity in French territory or in the rest of the world. It is a key player in the Sud Expert Plantes project launced by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help developing countries in West and Central Africa, the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia in their efforts to preserve their plants and related genetic resources and use them in a sustainable way.
It has signed an agreement with the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation to contribute to the World Flora Online Project for all known plant species.
The Muséum publishes global reviews: Adansonia, Geodiversitas and Zoosystema, as well as monographs about biodiversity in other countries, for example Madagascan wildlife
The Muséum also maintains databases of global importance for research, those connected with its collections obviously, but also to information networks such as Fischbase for fish.
Research, conservation and development
Apart from actual research, the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle develops certain activities such as nature conservation and development.
In this way, through its research activities in a region, the Muséum handles or contributes to the setting up of safeguarding and sustainable development programmes for species and ecosystems, and programmes for the establishment and management of protected areas.
More recently, it has been involved in two projects where research has been closely linked to ecotourism programmes (lemurs in Madagascar and the Great Apes in Uganda).