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2020 Access dates announced

06 Jan 2020

The SYNTHESYS+ Management Team is pleased to announce the dates for the SYNTHESYS+ Access programme. For the first time ever, this year there will be two types of Access: Trasnational Access (TA) and Virtual Access (VA). Each Access format has different dates and offers different resources to researchers.


Virtual Access Ideas Call: Update

29 Nov 2019

Prior to our Virtual Access (VA) Call opening in 2020, an ‘Ideas Call’ ran between October – November 2019, offering potential proposers the chance to outline their ideas for collections digitisation across the S...


Virtual Access 'Ideas Call' now live

10 Oct 2019

For the first time, SYNTHESYS will be offering virtual access to collections through digitisation. The Virtual Access (VA) programme is not a direct digital parallel of Transnational (physical) Access (TA) - proposals for digitisation will be prioritised and carried out based on community demand, and data must be made openly available. A key feature of Virtual Access is that, unlike TA, it does...


Access Call 1 - now closed

01 Feb 2019

Update: Call 1 of Transnational Access is now closed. Call 2 will go live in January 2020. 


1 February sees the first Access call of SYNTHESYS+ go live. Submissions will be open until 12 April 2019, 17.00 UK time. 

SYNTHESYS+ project funding enables scientists (Users) based in European Member and Associated...


Next Call for Access - 1 Feb 2019

17 Dec 2018

The SYNTHESYS+ consortium will accept applications for Access between 1 February - 12 April, 17.00 UK time. 

The Access stream of the project facilitates and allocates funds for visits to collections and research infrastructures (including lab facilities) in a country where the user does not work. Funds allow external scientists to be hosted for a short time at consortium institutio...


EU Referendum: Statement from Natural History Museum, London

24 Jun 2016

Following the UK referendum vote on membership of the European Union, the Natural History Museum reaffirms its commitment to continue to work in European and global partnerships.

The implications of the result of the referendum are not yet clear and UK government decisions on exit from the EU have yet to be made. Indications are that the process of exit will not be initiated until Octobe...



17 Jun 2016

In just 3 days the 31st annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections will begin in Berlin. The conference will feature the following symposia organised by SYNTHESYS3: Enabling Infrastructure:  Future Collections, Data & Informatics Key Topics: Data mobilisation – infrastructures aiding the digitisation of collections at scale Data aggregators &<...


Optima 2016

17 Jun 2016

OPTIMA – the Organisation for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area – held their triennial general meeting in Montpelier, France from the 6th to the 11th June 2016.

This was attended by Ernst Vitek of NHMW who gave a presentation relating to the upcoming SYNTHESYS Access call.

For information about the meeting see 


Meeting: JRA / NA2 3D Imaging Handbook

18 May 2016

A meeting will be held in Crete on the 25th May to discuss the creation of a handbook of best practice and standards for 3D imaging of Natural History specimens (NA2 Task 1.2; JRA Task 2.1).  JRA Task 2.2 – the development of protocols and workflows for the rapid digitisation of collections through Micro-CT – 


ECSA 2016

18 May 2016

The first European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) conference will be taking place from the 19th – 21st May in Berlin. The event will involve three days of talks, interactive sessions and panels to discuss and network with Citizen Science enthusiasts, practitioners, academic researchers, policy makers, science funders, non-governmental organisations, interested citizens and other stakeholder...