Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of the City of Geneva

Museum; Botanical Garden

Original name(s)

  • Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (fr - French)
Institution Address

Chemin de l’Impératrice 1
1292  Chambésy-Geneva
CH - Switzerland

Type of organisation

Institution Address

Chemin de l’Impératrice 1
1292 Chambésy-Geneva
CH - Switzerland

Museum; Botanical Garden (City; Public)

Director Representative

Dr.Pierre-André Loizeau


+41 22 418 5100

Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

The CJB is governed via/within the administrative system of the City of Geneva under the Department of Culture and Sport. The institution itself is overseen and run by the Direction team constituting the Director, the Head of Administration and the Head of Science , the Direction team is advised by the Council of the Direction that is composed of the heads of each of the sectors of the Garden (see diagram above). The scientific activities of the CJB are overseen by the Scientific Council that is composed of the Head of Science and five elected members of the scientific staff.

Staff fields

scientific staff collections non permanent: 16.0.scientific staff collections permanent: 14.0.scientific staff non permanent: 1.0.scientific staff permanent: 26.0.staff administrative permanent: 64.0.staff collection managers technicians non permanent: 2.0.staff collection managers technicians permanent: 12.0.staff exhibitions non permanent: 2.0.staff exhibitions permanent: 5.0;staff total: 132.0

Membership fields

Full member

General Description

The research programme of the CJB, focused on the main missions of exploration, conservation, research, transmission and protection, covers five main themes (Systematics and Evolution, Floras and Inventories, Ecology and Vegetation, Ethnobotany and the History of the Sciences). The scientists at the CJB conduct a wide range of research projects on plants and fungi, with the aims of: providing fundamental taxonomic and botanical data, understanding evolutionary patterns and processes, and conserving biodiversity. Our research activities integrate our herbarium and library collections, our living collections, fieldwork activities, our laboratories and our various informatics resources and databases (Herbarium Catalogue, Geneva Botanical Information System, African Plant Names Database (, Index Hepaticarum ( We have specialists working on the Aquifoliaceae, Arecaceae, Caryophyllaceae (Silene), Gesneriaceae, Sapotaceae, lichens (Usnea) and Swiss lichens ( and mosses (Dicranaceae and Neotropical species). We are actively working on the flora of the Alps, the flora of Switzerland (including the development of a Digital Flora of Switzerland: Web-Flora for the Lichens of Switzerland), the Flora del Paraguay ( and the Flora of Corsica ( Particular areas of focus are on the floras and vegetation of South America (specifically Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela), Africa (specifically Madagascar, Ivory Coast) and of Switzerland. There is an active research and conservation programme involved with the flora and vegetation of the Canton of Geneva (, especially focussing on the spatial analysis of habitats using GIS techniques. Our research forms part of the Laboratory of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, which is one of eight laboratories of the Department of Plant Biology of the University of Geneva. Results of our scientific activities are diffused via our scientific publications as well as through our on-line databases or project websites and popularised scientific articles. Link to Research page Link to: Annual Reports Research Fields: Floras and Inventories Ecology and Vegetation Ethnobotany History of the Sciences

Research Fields

  • Vascular plants: Aquifoliaceae, Arecaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Gesneriaceae, Sapotaceae, Panandaceae
  • Cryptogams: lichens (Usnea, Lichen Flora of Switzerland) and bryophytes (Dicranaceae, Neotropical mosses)
  • Specific floristic regions: Paraguay, Corsica, Madagascar, Switzerland, Brazil, Neotropics

Research Initiative

On-line outreach activitie : : []
other outreach activitie : : ['The CJB has an active programme of cooperation with tropical countries where it plays a key role in in situ environmental education and training, including the setting up of Ethno-botanical gardens and Environmental Education Centres.']
Non academic trainings : : ['The CJB, via its Environmental Education and Communication sector, offers a wide range of training activities, education activities and visits for local school children in close cooperation with the Geneva Schools Department.']
Academic trainings : : [['The CJB, via its Plant Systematics and Biodiversity Laboratory (, forms part of the Department of Botany and Plant Biology of the University of Geneva. A number of the CJB scientific staff give courses at the University of Geneva and participate in the Masters Programme in Biology, option Biodiversity and Systematics.']]
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