Supported access to Copenhagen Biosystematics Centre

Nikolaj Scharff nscharff at ZMUC.KU.DK
Mon Feb 28 09:24:16 CST 2000


Through the European Commission's programme for Improving the Human
Research Potential and Socio-Economic Knowledge Base, funds have been made
available to provide transnational access to researchers from member and
associated states of the European Community to utilize the collections and
other facilities of the Major Research Infrastructure (COBICE).

Access to COBICE will be provided free of charge for visits of up to three
months. Travel and living costs for visiting researchers under the
programme will be covered.

Applications for support for a visit to COBICE are herewith invited. Please
obtain the application form and other documents from COBICE's website at or request the material from

Zoologisk Museum
Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Copenhagen
phone:   +45 35 32 10 36 (H. Enghoff)
fax:     +45 35 32 10 10
email: henghoff at

COBICE's contract with the European Commission runs for 3 years. During
this period, six calls for application will be made. The first deadline is
15 April 2000 for applications for visits scheduled to take place during
the second half of 2000 and the first half of 2001. The second deadline (to
be determined) will be for visits scheduled to take place during all of

Please notice that this offer only applies to researchers from member and
associated states of the European Community (see also


The Copenhagen Biosystematics Centre (COBICE) is a powerful centre of
biosystematic research at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.
COBICE comprises the Zoological Museum (ZM) the Geological Museum (GM), the
Botanical Museum (BM), the Botanical Laboratory of Molecular Systematics
(BLMS), the Department of Evolutionary Biology (DEB), and the Department of
Zoomorphology (DZ).

The scientific collections at COBICE range among Europe's large and most
well-organised. They comprise a total of about 20 million specimens,
including among many others about 75,000 type specimens and particularly
important collections of Arctic, especially Greenlandic, and Danish
animals, deep-sea animals, whales, South American Quaternary mammal
fossils, the World’s largest databases on African terrestrial vertebrates,
tissue collections for DNA analysis, esp. the World’s largest collection of
birds (15,000 samples representing 3,000 species), and 8,000 African mammal
samples, fossils from Greenland, mo-clay Tertiary fossils, plants from
Greenland and Denmark, flowering plants from Thailand and NE Africa, and
seeds of Triticeae (wild relatives of wheat, rye and barley, more than
10,000 samples).

Equipment available at COBICE includes light, fluorescence, transmission
electron and scanning electron microscopes, DNA sequencing facilities, X-
ray apparatus, and image analysis system.

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