Museum of Natural History of the City of Geneva

Consortium name  
Swiss / Geneva Consortium
Institution (Original name) 
Museum d´histoire naturelle de la ville de Genève
MAIN ADDRESS
Postal code 
1208
City 
Geneva
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Switzerland
Phone 

(+41) 22 418 63 00

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
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 

Dr Michelle Price (Geneva Botanical Garden), Curator, +41 (0)22 41 5148, michelle.price@ville-ge.ch

Member of the Executive Committee? 
Yes
Executive Committee position 
Chair of the Executive Committee
CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Dr Jean Mariaux, Curator of the Department of Invertebrates, Parasitology systematics +41 (0)22 418 6343, jean.mariaux@ville-ge.ch

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Dr Alice Cibois, Ornithologist, Departement of Mammology and Ornithology, +41 (0)22 418 6302

Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Jacques Ayer, +41 (0)22 418 6321, jacques.ayer@ville-ge.ch, palaeontology, dinosaurs, palaeoenvironments, museology

Governing and executive bodies 

City of Geneva --> Culture and Sport Department --> Direction of Geneva Natural History Museum Direction board: Jacques Ayer (Dir. gen), Pierre-Henri Heizmann (administrator), Hervé Groscarret (Head of the Public and Exhibitions Unit), Head of Research and Collections Unit (position currently open)

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff365
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections36
c) Post-docs / PhD students2
d) Others (Associates, etc.)13
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)3620
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL other staff
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections
c) Post-docs / PhD students
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
Total permanent staff 
104
Total non-permanent staff 
25
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
129
Male (%) 
65
Female (%) 
35
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
2
List of laboratories 
  1. Molecular genetics laboratory (DNA extraction - PCR-Sequences
  2. Microscopy laboratory (electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy and cathodoluminescence microscope)
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
5
Number of recent exhibitions 
2
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
KK-Zoo
Name 
Oiseaux
Number of current exhibitions 
1
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
Exoplanets
Number of future exhibitions 
1
Future exhibitions  
Name 
Dinosaurs!
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Systematique zoology, palaeontology and mineralogy
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
100
Biannual journals/series 

Revue Suisse de Zoologie (two issues per year) Revue de Paléobiologie (two issues per year)

EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology10000200000
1.2Mineralogy1900150001400013000
1.3Geology5000
1.4Meteorites2000
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Zoology50000150000001500000003000000 (depends on the kind of speciemens (10-20% invertebrates, 100% vertebrates)
Total specimens (all collections) 
15,222,000
Outstanding collection features 

The Geneva Natural History Museum manages qn important collection of history of science (instruments)

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Monographs (50,000), Scientific Periodics (2,000), Scientific Publications (200,000), Maps (4,000)

Other information regarding heritage collections 

The Geneva Natural History Museum manages one of the largest library in the world in Chiropterology

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of organisms / species 
20 000
DNA or seed sample exchange 

Occasionally with other Museums or Universities around the world. We have the project to build in our Museum the national DNA Bank of all species (animals) living in Switzerland (SwissBol: www.swissbol.ch)

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
qsfd
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Invertebrates
Vertebrates
Palaeontology and mineralogy
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Logo 
Own editions 

We published this year an important report about our Museum strategy called "Museum Geneve 2020" https://www.ville-ge.ch/mhng/pdf/psc_museum_geneve_2020.pdf

Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Pascal Moeschler, +41 (0)22 418 6347, pascal.moeschler@ville-ge.ch

Visitors
Last year:  
240 000
Trends (past and future) 

250000-300000

If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

We work closely with the Department of Education of Geneva

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

Many of our curators are also teaching at Geneva University and/or supervise Bachelor, Master or PhD students

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

- Objectif Sciences International, http://www.objectif-sciences-international.org - Collaborations in science education projects, specially in the field

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

- Guided tours on demand - school activities (about 20,000 people/year) - Faites comme chez nous: a special exhibition to learn the job of our scientists

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Laurent Vallotton, +41 (0)22 418 6337, laurent.vallotton@ville-ge.ch

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

1. Research on Systematic Zoology and taxonomy 2. DNA Barcoding 3. Collection Management

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Research on Systematic Zoology and Conservation

DNA Barcoding

Collection management and biodiversity data information facilities

Lobbying and fundraising

WHICH NETWORKS OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD CETAF BE A MEMBER OF? 
Last update 
11.24.16