Botanic Garden Meise

Institution (Original name) 
Jardin Botanique / Plantentuin Meise
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Nieuwelaan 38
Postal code 
1860
City 
Meise
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Belgium
Phone 

(+32) 2 260 09 70 (+32) 2 260 09 20

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Botanical Garden
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Steven Dessein, CEO, Botany, 0032 (0)2 2600926, 0032 (0)2 2600945, steven.dessein@plantentuinmeise.be

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Dr. Steven Dessein 0032 (0)2 2600926 steven.dessein@plantentuinmeise.be Research field: botany

Governing and executive bodies 

There are two legal bodies associated with the Botanic Garden Meise: a board of directors and a scientific committee. The composition is as follows:

Board of directors: Mark Andries (government delegate), Steven Dessein (secretariat), Veronique Halloin Chantal, Kaufmann, Jan Rammeloo (president), Jan Schaerlaekens, Raf Suys (government delegate), Ann Van Dievoet, Mieke Van Gramberen, Yorie Vastersavendts, Mieke Verbeken, Renate Wesselingh

Scientific committee: Geert Angenon, Elke Bellefroid, Petra De Block, Frederik De Laender, Jérôme Degreef, Régine Fabri, Olivier Honnay, Pete Lowry, Pierre Meerts, Ivan Nijs, Claire Périlleux, Erik Smets, Annemieke Verbeken, Renate Wesselingh

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff2013
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections53
c) Post-docs / PhD students01
d) Others (Associates, etc.)00
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)2517
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 41
f) Collection Managers / technicians5313
g) Others 3546
TOTAL (e+f+g) 9061
Total permanent staff 
112
Total non-permanent staff 
69
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
181
Male (%) 
42
Female (%) 
38
Any other information concerning the staff 

Restaurant is in concession. All other tasks (maintenance, cleaning, catering for personnel,… is carried out by personnel of the Garden). 30 persons paid by the French Community, rest paid by the Flemish Community.

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
3
List of laboratories 
  1. Morphological lab
  2. Molecular lab (pre PCR)
  3. Molecular lab (post PCR)
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 
  1. SEM
  2. three HERBSCANS
  3. four digitization units
  4. Special scanning room for scanning large objects
Other scientific / R&D facilities 

Seed bank

Herbarium higher plants

Herbarium mosses H

erbarium fungi and lichens

Collection diatom

Xylarium

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
2
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Plant Palace
Name 
Outdoor collections
Number of recent exhibitions 
7
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Colours and shapes
Name 
The Highgrove Florilegium
Name 
Paper art exhibition ‘La Musa’
Number of current exhibitions 
3
Number of future exhibitions 
1
Future exhibitions  
Name 
Champs libres
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Summary of your Research programme 

Mission statement: Building a sustainable future through discovery, research and conservation of plants

Activity programmes:

  1. Discovering and recording biodiversity
  2. Safeguarding life
  3. Understanding ecosystems
  4. (Re)connecting plants and people
  5. Inspiring and informing
  6. Bringing our heritage to life
Research Field 
Taxonomy: European flora, African flora, African fungi and lichens, diatoms
Research Field 
Plant conservation: wild relatives of beans, Belgian flora, flora of copper mines
Research Field 
Ecology: habitat restoration, monitoring water quality through diatom research
Research Field 
Ethnomycology: edible mushrooms in Africa
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
70
Quarterly journals/series 
Other publications 

Book series: Scripta Botanica Belgica; Opera Botanica Belgica

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany30000008010
2.2Mycology800000100100
Total specimens (all collections) 
3,800,000
Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Archives: 15000 pieces (letters, manuscripts,…)

Size and importance of living collections 
Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
Number of seed samples 
25 000
Number of organisms / species 
17 000
DNA or seed sample exchange 

Yes, seed samples upon request with all other botanical gardens within the IPEN network; DNA material exchange with trusted scientific institutes

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
2000-3000 specimens per year
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
1500-2200 accessions of living material per year
Number of scientific visitors per year 
100
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Belgian and European flora
African flowering plants and fungi
Diatoms of the world
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Website
  • Expositions (permanent en temporarily)
  • Electronic newsletter
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Chris Kosolosky - Chris.kosolosky@br.fgov.be

Visitors
Last year:  
131 995
Trends (past and future) 

Visitor numbers increased over the last 15 years from c. 60.000 in 2000 to 131.995 in 2016.

Website visitors
Last year  
800 000
Institution news
Training
Research updates
Workshops / Events
Online media galleries
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Not in a formal way.

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Yes, some of our scientists are guest professor at universities.

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 

No

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

We offer guided tours, adapted day visits for all school children, and special workshops that fit within the Belgian education program.

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Development of e-floras

Flora of the world

Systematic research in general

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Ex-situ and in-situ conservation programmes

Systematic research in general

Flora of the world

Last update 
04.26.17