Natural History Museum - University of Oslo

Institution (Original name) 
Naturhistorisk Museum - Universiteetet I Oslo
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Sars’ gate 1
Postal code 
0562
City 
Oslo
POSTAL ADDRESS
Postal address 
P.O. BOX 1172 Blindern
Postal code 
0318
City 
Oslo
Country 
Norway
Phone 

(+47) 228 55050

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  
University of Oslo
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Director of Museum, Dr Fridtjof MEHLUM, (+47) 228 51 723, fmehlum@nhm.uio.no, Zoology / Ornithology / Ecology / Climate

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

Director of Museum, Dr Fridtjof MEHLUM, (+47) 228 51 723, fmehlum@nhm.uio.no, Zoology / Ornithology / Ecology / Climate

Organigram 

Organization and staff

  • The Museum Board
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Department of Research and Collections
  • Botanical Garden
  • Department of Exhibitions and Public Services
  • Department of Technical and Scientific Conservation

http://www.nhm.uio.no/english/about/organization/

Governing and executive bodies 

NHM is a part of University of Oslo, which is governed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. NHM is governed by the NHM Board. The Board is comprised of both external and internal members.

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff3726
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections336
c) Post-docs / PhD students20
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)3726
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions88
f) Collection managers / technicians3632
g) Others (ADM & MANAGEMENT)152
TOTAL (e+f+g)5842
Total permanent staff 
95
Total non-permanent staff 
68
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
163
Male (%) 
57
Female (%) 
43
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
3
List of laboratories 

1. DNA laboratories 2. Scanning Electron Microscope lab 3. CT-scanning lab. Facility

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 
  1. 1. DNA-sequencer, PCR and Cloning facilities
  2. SEM, EDS KRD
  3. Micro CT-scanner
Other scientific / R&D facilities 
  • Macro paleontology prep. lab.
  • Taxidermy and general labs for collection purposes
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
26
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Ida – The Oldest Complete Primate Skeleton In The World
Name 
Geological museum’s collections
Name 
The Zoological exhibitions - The Norwegian hall
Name 
The Viking Garden
Name 
Willow sculptures
Name 
The Greenhouses
Name 
The Systematic Garden
Name 
Great-granny's Garden
Name 
The Rock Garden
Name 
The Herb Garden
Name 
The Scented Garden
Name 
Biodiversity
Name 
The Arboretum
Number of recent exhibitions 
8
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Stein og bein
Name 
Fiber, fiber, fiber
Name 
Hodejeger
Name 
Some like it hot
Number of future exhibitions 
4
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Biosystematics and taxonomy
Research Field 
Systematic mineralogy
Research Field 
Ecological prediction modelling
Research Field 
Freshwater ecology
Research Field 
Invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology
Research Field 
Speciation and evolution
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
130
Other publications 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology490061500025
1.2Mineralogy408000095
1.3Geology16000011
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany2629167300055
2.2Mycology72030000066
2.3Zoology2466302500015
Total specimens (all collections) 
5,853,000
Outstanding collection features 
Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Counting thousands numbers. Not organized

Size and importance of living collections 

Number of current accessions: 9.310 Number of taxa related to current accessions: 5.694 Number of items related to current accessions: 11.324 Number of accessions related to ex situ conservation: 1.019

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
220 000
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
Number of seed samples 
511
DNA or seed sample exchange 

DNA specimens are exchanged world wide – in 2013 we have lend to:

  • Université Paris-Sud (plants)
  • Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRA Versailles (plants)
  • Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle Paris (birds)
  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (birds)

Security copies of ex situ conservation seed samples will from 2014 be deposited at Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst, UK. Our Botanical Garden participates in the international seed exchange programme for botanical gardens. By receiving seeds, the gardens commit themselves to use the material for research, educational purposes and public outreach only. Our Index Seminum contains seed sampled collected in natural habitats in Norway. Redlisted materials are not included in the list.

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
20,000 objects
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
20,000 - 50,000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
30
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Vascular plants
Fungi
Lichens
Birds
Mammals
Insects (Coleoptera, Lepidoptera,Hymenoptera, Diptera)
Helminths
Minerals
Vertebrate paleontology
Invertebrate paleontology
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

Two museums, one botanical garden, school service, extensive presence in media, own production of popular science articles http://www.nhm.uio.no/om/aktuelle-saker/, http://forskning.no/ (contributor)

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

Torstein Helleve, +47-22851646, torstein.helleve@nhm.uio.no

Visitors
Last year:  
663 000
Website visitors
Last year  
266 179
Institution news
Career opportunities
Workshops / Events
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Yes, the INQUIRE project: INQUIRE is helping to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education throughout Europe. Run by botanic gardens in 11 countries, INQUIRE teacher training courses are demonstrating how IBSE can inspire students in science and help address biodiversity and climate change. The INQUIRE project ended in November 2013. http://www.inquirebotany.org/en/

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

Yes, within the relevant programmes of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: http://www.mn.uio.no/ibv/english/ and http://www.mn.uio.no/geo/english/

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

No

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

School programmes (in Norwegian) for all levels in botany, zoology and geology. Number of persons that participated in guided tours Botanical Garden approx. 3 400 Number of school children that participated in school programme: approx. 7 500 Number of school children that visited with their own teacher: approx. 35 512 http://www.nhm.uio.no/skoletilbud/

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

Cecilie E. Webb – c.e.webb@nhm.uio.no, + 47 22851650

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Systematic research

DNA-barcoding

Digitization and databasing of Collections

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

1. Systematic research

2. DNA Barcoding

3. Access and benefit sharing

4. Best practice routines for collection work

Last update 
11.24.16