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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researchers at work

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

About us

in biodiversity

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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Dr. Arjen Speksnijder will still work togheter with his Naturalis colleagues in his new function
November 2nd, 2020

New Leiden Lectorate

The University of Applied Sciences Leiden and Naturalis are working together on a new lectorate in Metagenomics, in order to research the relationship between biodiversity and the health of humans, plants and ecosystems. The new lector is Arjen Speksnijder…
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October 19th, 2020

TDWG 2020 annual conference

TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards) 2020 annual conference this week (19-23 oct)! Standards that describe and support the exchange of biodiversity information are critical to extending the usability of data across taxa, scientific disciplines, and…
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