Access to European Nat. Hist. Museums

Harry A. ten Hove hove at
Thu Jan 30 14:56:49 EST 2003

Dear colleagues,

A consortium of European Natural History Facilities (CETAF) has been 
encouraged to make a proposal under the 6th Framework program to create 
a network of institutions holding important biological research collections. 
The proposal is intended to provide access with financial support for visiting 
researchers from the European Union and associates to the collections of 
the participating organisations (see attached list). The proposal to the 
European Commission has to demonstrate 'European Research Institution' 
status of any museum, such as my own, the ZMA in Amsterdam. To obtain 
this status we have to show (through letters of support)  that there is a high 
degree of scientific interest in having access to our museum and to the other 
partners in the proposal. If for any future work you or a colleague should need 
access to our museum (may I remind you that a.o. we hold the Siboga 
collections), I kindly request that you send a letter of support (a template of 
which is here attached; apologies to those of you not interested in this) to the 
CETAF chair, Dr  Henrik Enghoff at the Copenhagen Museum (e-mail: 
henghoff at If the grant is realized, there is no guarantee that 
your future visit will be fully paid - this is subject to a prioritization process - 
but we will certainly notice the help you gave in securing the grant. My 
apologies if you already have received this from another source. Thanks in 

dr. Harry A. ten Hove
Zoological Museum,
University of Amsterdam
POB 94766, 1090 GT AMSTERDAM

TEL. 3120 5256906
FAX. 3120 5255402

ANNEX:  Example of  Support Letter 

To: 	Dr. Henrik Enghoff (Chair)
	Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)
	Zoologisk Museum
	Universitetsparken 15
	DK-2100 Copenhaguen OE

	Email: henghoff at
	Fax: + 45 35 32 10 10

Dear Dr. Enghoff, 

For my research on [subject / taxonomic group], I need access to 
specimens [from the region X] held in the collections of {Please enter the 
Zoological Museum Amsterdam and any other relevant museum from the 
attached list].  

Research visits are especially important as the [well 
curated/unique/diverse/type] collections and the experts at the institutes are 
crucial for the progress in my scientific work.  

Training on [topic/technique, others] will also be important to improve my 
future research/work.  

I am looking forward to establishing cooperationships with the mentioned 
institutes, and I support the initiative of your network to facilitate access to 
their collection facilities.  

Yours sincerely,

-	- - - -  

The infrastructures listed below are expected to be members of the 
network to which Access grants for visitors will be applied for.

Country	Infrastructures
Austria	Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna
Belgium	Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles, BrusselsRoyal 
Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren National Botanic Garden of 
Belgium, Meise
Germany	Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-
DahlemMuseum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Denmark	University of Copenhagen, COBICE
Spain	Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, Madrid Real 
Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid 
France	Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Hungary	Hungarian Museum of Natural History, Budapest
Netherlands	Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam 
&National Natural History Museum NaturalisNational Herbarium 
Netherlands, LeidenCentraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht
Poland	Museum and Institute of Zooology, PAS, Warsaw
Sweden	Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
United Kingdom	The Natural History Museum, LondonRoyal 
Botanic Gardens, KewRoyal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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