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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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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September 13th, 2023

Defense day: Dewi Pramanik

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., Dewi Pramanik defended her thesis titled ' Evolution and development of flowers, fruits and inflorescences of Phalaenopsis and other orchid species ' in the Academy Building in Leiden. For her PhD research at Naturalis…
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September 6th, 2023

Making sense of animal sounds: "Bioacoustic AI"

Machine learning, often called "AI", makes it possible to uncover the mysterious world of animal communication, analyzing their sounds that convey so much information. A new project called Bioacoustic AI is going to make this happen, and will use that…
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