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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Richa Kusuma Wati during her research
March 25th, 2021

The day of the PhD defence: Richa Kusuma Wati

In November 2015, Richa Kusuma Wati started her PhD research on wild orchids at Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, in collaboration with the Hortus Botanicus Leiden and Bogor Botanic Gardens.Today at a quarter past eleven she will defend…
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Marine biologist Jan Macher
March 10th, 2021

Research grant for Jan Macher

Naturalis marine biologist Jan Macher has recently earned a BEN research grant worth € 100,000.-. He will be using it to study very small organisms that live in sandy beaches. The Biodiversity-Ecology-Nature grants are awarded by the German Bauer-Hollmann…
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