Natural History Museum, University of Florence

Consortium name  
Italian Consortium: Consortium of Italian Museums of Natural History
Institution (Original name) 
Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università degli Studi di Firenze
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Via La Pira 4
Postal code 
50121
City 
Florence
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Italy
Phone 

(+39) 55 2755116

(+39) 552757572

Fax 
+39 055 2755101
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
Botanical Garden
University
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
part of the University of Florence
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Dr. Luca Bartolozzi – Head of Zoology dept. – Entomologist – phone (+39)0552755116 – fax (+39)055205325 – email: luca.bartolozzi@unifi.it

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

Chiara Nepi - Head of the Botany Dept. – Botanist – phone: ++39 055 2757460/62 fax ++39 055 2757458 chiara.nepi@unifi.it CPB (Collection Policy Board)

Stefano Dominici – Curator of the Palaeontology Section – Palaeontologist phone. +39-055-2757626 stefano.dominici@unifi.it CPB (Collection Policy Board)

Fausto Barbagli - Curator of the Zoological Section (Ornithology) phone: +39 055 2755110 fausto.barbagli@unifi.it

Gianna Innocenti - Curator of the Zoological Section (Crustacea, Echinodermata) phone: +39 055 2755119 gianna.innocenti@unifi.it

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

President: Prof. Guido Chelazzi – guido.chelazzi@unifi.it - animal ecology

Organigram figure 
Governing and executive bodies 

President Director (more administrative tasks) Scientific Council (CS) Technical Council (CTC)

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections18
c) Post-docs / PhD students
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)18
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions4
f) Collection managers / technicians25
g) Others 5
TOTAL (e+f+g)34
Total permanent staff 
55
Total non-permanent staff 
0
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
55
Male (%) 
55
Female (%) 
45
Externalized services, permanent positions 
54
Externalized services, non-permanent positions 
46
Any other information concerning the staff 

All Italians

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
0
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

SEM at the Department of Earth Sciences

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
7
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Zoology
Name 
Mineralogy
Name 
Botany
Name 
Palaeontology
Name 
Botanical garden
Name 
Anthropology & Ethnology
Name 
Biomedical
Number of recent exhibitions 
1
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Crystals
Number of current exhibitions 
1
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
Crystals
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
History of naturalistic collections (Mineralogy, Zoology, Botany, Anthropology, Ethnology, Palaeontology, Anatomical waxes)
Research Field 
Systematics and taxonomy of several zoological groups
Research Field 
Plant taxonomy and nomenclature
Research Field 
Museology (i. e. history of collections, etc.)
Research Field 
Identification of plants in art
Research Field 
New tools for environmental education
Summary of your Research programme 

New tools for environmental education is a partnership between three European Botanical Gardens, Florence, Madrid and Meise (Brussels). To identify new tools for environmental education to be proposed to teachers, botanical gardens, passionates, associations.

It is created a web site http://www2.msn.unifi.it/upload/sub/pdf/Grundtvic_botanic.pdf   where it is possible to find all the information about the project and to the voice "Guides corner" the guides of the three Botanical Gardens shared their experiences and best practices which can be used by the guides of others Botanical Gardens. In the web site it is also possible to find a handbook with many workshops, suggestions about environmental education. On the web site EST is possible to find the results of the project. http://www.europeansharedtreasure.eu/detail.php?id_project_base=2011-1-I...

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
10
Other publications 

Monographs on the Museum collections, see link: http://www.fupress.com/collane/cataloghi-e-collezioni/4

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology5002500007520
1.2Mineralogy45500009090
1.3Anthropology060000100100
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany15000500000090Depending on collection
2.2Zoology 250030000008080
Total specimens (all collections) 
8,360,000
Outstanding collection features 

The Museum of Natural History hosts a conspicuous collection of objects and specimens from East Africa (especially Somalia), there is the historical and scientific collection of anatomical waxes, prepared in the late XIX century. Many specimens date back to the Medici collections of naturalistic objects.

Size and importance of living collections 

The Botanical Garden has 4733 individual specimens, 100 % of which are both recorded cards in the database and registered cards (TBC). 

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
ca. 100, about 5,000 specimens
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
10000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
50
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Botany: Poaceae, Boraginaceae
Entomology: some beetle families (Lucanidae, Brentidae, Dytiscidae, Heteroceridae, Elmidae, Dryopidae, Staphylinidae Xantholinini)
Diptera Phoridae
water bugs (Hemiptera Gerromorpha, Nepomorpha, Leptopodomorpha)
Hymenoptera Tiphiidae
Odonata
Scorpiones
Crustacea Decapoda Brachyura and Crustacea Cirripedia
Mollusca Pulmonata, Prosobranchia and Bivalvia (Paleartic)
Mammalia:Chiroptera
Botanical Garden: Rosaceae, old varieties
Palaeontology: Fossil carnivores, Fossil Mollusca Bivalvia and Gasteropoda (Eocene and Pliocene)
Anthropology: Ethnography
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, youtube, flickr) Workshops Conferences

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
Visitors
Last year:  
140 000
Trends (past and future) 

Past 20,000 Future 200,000

Website visitors
Last year  
1 400 000
Institution news
Training
Research updates
Workshops / Events
Online media galleries
If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 
Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Servizi Didattico-Divulgativi +39 055 2756444; edumsn@unifi.it

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

systematic research

taxonomy

Last update 
09.20.17