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The Austrian Taxonomic Access Facility (AT-TAF) is represented by the Natural History Museum Vienna (NHMW).

It is among the largest of its kind and one of the most important museums in Europe. The field of research covers a wide range of topics from the origins of our solar system and the evolution of animals and plants to human evolution, as well as prehistoric traditions and customs.

Part of the research staff are also lecturers at the University of Vienna. This stimulates research collaborations that SYNTHESYS Users can benefit from.


AT-TAF research highlights

The research community at AT-TAF is highly productive. Over 100 peer-reviewed papers were generated in 2011/2012. AT-TAF research highlights include:

  • Project Stone 5 and 6 (minerals on satellites, investigated as artificial meteorites after landing)
  • Research in caves leading to environmental protection and high quality access for tourist industry developments (Alistrati / Greece and Al Hoota / Oman)
  • Investigation of the early humans of Lautsch (31.000 years old)
  • Changes and trends of climate in the last 40 millions of years
  • Hybridisation and species diversity of falcons
  • Water beetles as indicators for quality of rivers – China Water Beetles project