at Naturalis

At Naturalis, marvel is the starting point of learning. Together we discover the richness of nature. There is always more to be enthusiastic about, more to learn and more to explore.


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Biodiversity Center

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With a unique combination of knowledge, talents and skills, we operate as a national museum, academic research institute and heritage institution.

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National research institute

Naturalis employs 120 scientists in seven different research groups. We are happy to offer young scientific talent the opportunity to further develop ideas in a stimulating, open environment. With 80 PhDs and postdocs, Naturalis contributes to innovating Dutch research at the highest level in the green life sciences.

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Follow our social media for all the latest news about the museum and our researchers' day-to-day work and new discoveries.

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April 9th, 2024

Naturalis Will leave X

Naturalis Biodiversity Center will leave X - the platform formerly known as Twitter - at the end of this week. The ongoing and uncontrolled rise of hate speech and disinformation on the platform makes this sadly necessary. We will continue our mission to…
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Werner de Gier
March 18th, 2024

Day of the PhD defense Werner de Gier

On Tuesday The 19th of March half past two Werner de Gier defended his PhD thesis titled: 'Ecomorphological aspects in the evolution of endosymbiotic crustaceans’, in the academy building in Groningen. For his PhD research at Naturalis and the university…
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February 6th, 2024

Why the long face?

Researchers from - among others - Zürich University and Naturalis helped describe a remarkable fossil fish from 365 million years ago.
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