Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid

Botanical Garden

Original name(s)

  • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (es - Spanish; Castilian)
Institution Address

Plaza de Murillo, 2
28014  Madrid
ES - Spain

Type of organisation

Institution Address

Plaza de Murillo, 2
28014 Madrid
ES - Spain

Botanical Garden (Public; Private)

Director Representative

Esteban Manrique Reol


Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

We are one of the 130 institutes integrating the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The governing scheme of the CSIC is integrated by the President of the CSIC, three vicepresidents (Science; Organization and institutional affairs; Knowledge transfer and internationalization), and a general Manager. There is also a Council (Consejo Rector), composed partially by external members (administrations, and advisors from the universities) who approve the internal governing norms.

Staff fields

scientific staff collections permanent: 2.0.scientific staff non permanent: 3.0.scientific staff permanent: 18.0.staff administrative permanent: 11.0.staff collection managers technicians non permanent: 3.0.staff collection managers technicians permanent: 23.0.staff exhibitions permanent: 2.0

Membership fields

Full member

General Description

The main overall goal of the RJB's research is to understand the diversity of plants and fungi that exists, how this diversity has come about, and how it can be conserved. The approaches taken to achieving this goal are very diverse, however. They range from studies aimed at finding out what species live in a particular territory (flora) or make up a particular group of organisms (systematics), to attempting to reconstruct the evolutionary history of groups of plants and fungi with a view to: (1) proposing a more natural classification based on this history; (2) contributing to reconstructing the tree of life; (3) determining how particular species have been distributed in space and time since their formation; and (4) providing a framework within which to infer what evolutionary changes have taken place within lineages, the mechanisms which have generated or modulated these changes, and their genetic basis. The RJB's researchers also study biodiversity at the ecosystem level, particularly in the case of aquatic ecosystems in the Mediterranean region and the tropics. We use a wide range of tools, methods and sources of information. The latter range from the most basic –based on a comparative study of the observable characteristics of specimens in the herbarium– through to the least accessible and closest to the genotype, such as molecular markers. Link: Research page Vascular Plant Systematics: floras and monographs Plant Evolutionary Biology: patterns, processes and mechanisms Fungi and Bryophytes: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Ecology, Conservation of aquatic macrophytes and Global Change

Research Fields

  • Angiosperms in general, mainly from the Western Mediterranean
  • Angiosperm families such as Geraniaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Malvaceae
  • Fungi: Aphyllophorales, Boletales
  • Myxomycetes and Oomycetes (Saprolegniales),

Research Initiative

On-line outreach activitie : : [['No']]
other outreach activitie : : [['We have a school programme which includes plant-based workshops and guided visits. We organize as well holiday activities for children and a weekend programme for general public and families. Besides, we deliver courses for adults.']]
Non academic trainings : : ['We have been working in an European project (INQUIRE) for the last three years delivering courses to different groups of teachers about inquire-based science education. 17 institutions from 11 European countries have been collaborating in the project. There were two Spanish partners: Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC and Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I, UAH']
Academic trainings : : ['We have agreements with some universities in order to offer internships for students.']
General description : : [['We organize an international master on Biodiversity in Tropical Areas:']]


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