Call for support letter

Agnès DETTAI adettai at MNHN.FR
Mon Feb 24 10:59:39 CST 2003

*** ONLY FOR EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES (incl. Newly Associated States, eastern 
Europe, Israel and Turkey). ***

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you, as a previous user of at least one of the 
currently approved Major Research Infrastructures (MRIs[1]), of the 
following program changes:

Under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission 
(2002-2006), a proposal is in preparation to the Specific Programme on 
Structuring the European Research Area. The purpose of the proposal is to 
create a network of institutions that will include the current MRIs plus 
other institutions (yet to be decided) holding important biological 
research collections throughout Europe. The proposal, which is being 
prepared in the framework of the Consortium of European Taxonomic 
Facilities (CETAF), will include a program for providing access to the 
participating infrastructures and if successful, will replace the current 
MRI programs.

The proposal to the Specific Programme on Structuring the European Research 
Area of the FP6 requests a European Research Institutionstatus . To obtain 
this status the consortium needs to demonstrate (through letters of 
support) that there is a high degree of scientific and/or social interest 
in having access to the facilities provided by one or more of its member 

If for any future work, you or a colleague should need access to one or 
more of the MRIs or institutions which are expected to become members of 
the network (see attached list), we kindly request that you send a letter 
of support. The letter should specify which institutions you wish to have 
access to and why and, eventually, whether you need training 
(techniques/taxonomic/other skills).

Enclosed is an example of a support letter which you can use as a guide, if 
you find it suitable for your needs. We also ask that you spread this 
information to your colleagues.

Letters of support should be sent by email, fax or 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

with copy to the responsible in the concerned institution detailed below.

Thanking you in advance for your interest.
On behalf of CETAF, Sincerely
Henrik Enghoff, chair

[1] ABC (Brussels), BIODIBERIA (Madrid), COBICE (Copenhagen), COLPARSYST 
(Paris), HIGH LAT (Stockholm), SYS-RESOURCE (London)

Support Letter (for Taxonomists)

Dear Dr. Enghoff,

For my research on ORDER/FAMILY/TRIBE/GROUP/GENUS X, I need access to 
specimens from the REGION held in the collections of MUSEUM/HERBARIUM 
<Please enter one or more relevant museums/herbaria>

These collections are especially important because REASON (well 
curated/unique/diverse/type/collector etc) and because the 
WORLD/EUROPEAN/COUNTRY expert(s) are working on them at this/these 

Training on TOPIC/TECHNIQUES/OTHERSwill also be important to improve my 
skills for my future research/work.

Curation of this material is particularly difficult and the 
MUSEUM/HERBARIUM has curators who have expertise in LONG TERM STORAGE/PEST 

Support Letter (for other researchers/stakeholders)

Dear Dr. Enghoff,

For my work on TOPIC, I need to have access to MUSEUM/HERBARIUM <Please 
enter one or more relevant museums/herbaria>, as the WORLD/EUROPEAN/COUNTRY 
expert(s) are working at this/these institute(s).

A COLLABORATION/TRAINING with these experts is specially important for my 
future work because REASON.

Please send a copy to the concerned responsible of the concerned institution.

1. Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna Ernst Vitek : ernst.vitek at
1. Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles, Brussels ABC
2. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren
3. National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise Olivier Retout: 
olivier.retout at
1. Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
2. Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin Walter Lack : h.w.lack at
1. University of Copenhagen, COBICE Henrik Enghoff : henghoff at
1. Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, Madrid BIODIBERIA
2. Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid Marian Ramos : m.ramos at
1. Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris COLPARSYST Daniel Goujet : 
goujet at
1. Hungarian Museum of Natural History, Budapest Laszlo Peregovits: 
perego at
1. Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam
2. National Herbarium Netherlands, Leiden
3. Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht Annelies Pierrot : 
pierrot at
1. Museum and Institute of Zooology, PAS, Warsaw Wieslaw Bogdanovich: 
wieslawb at
1. Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm HI-LAT Stefan Claesson : 
stefan.claesson at
1. The Natural History Museum, London BioResource
2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
3. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Vanessa Pike : vanp at

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