National Centre for Biosystematics (NCB)
National Centre for Biosystematics (NCB) was established in 2002 to coordinate and strengthen basic research and research training in biological systematics at the Natural History Museum (NHM). The NCB was initiated as a five-year Strategic University Programme (SUP), financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Museum.
Currently the NCB continues to serve this function by providing a common platform for collaboration and exchange between the research groups at the NHM and between the NHM and other scientific institutions. The funding for current activities is based on funds from the Museum and partially on projects financed from various external sources.
50-60 people are active at the NCB each year: senior scientists, technicians, postdocs/researchers, guest researchers from several countries, PhD fellows, and Master students. Along with a monthly seminar, the NCB also organizes a yearly PhD and postdoc presentation day/s and an NHM scientific retreat.
To be a nationally leading and internationally influential platform for scientific collaboration and exchange across the fields of zoology, botany and mycology, as well as between field- and collection-based taxonomy, molecular systematics, evolutionary biology, and biogeography.
- To conduct research of high international quality and impact by addressing fundamental scientific questions
- To maintain and further develop internationally leading expertise on certain taxa and biotas
- To take a nationally leading role in research training in biosystematics, including chairing a Norwegian-Swedish Research School in Biosystematics
- To take a nationally leading role in the description and molecular characterization of Norwegian biodiversity
- To be nationally influential in the policy and management of biodiversity conservation