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We are currently developing four key areas of our research to meet the needs of our international partners - soil biodiversity, evolutionary and developmental genetics, UK biodiversity and biomedical sciences. Museum scientists are assessing bat populations in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in Belize. On a recent visit, Richard Harbord and photographer Frank Greenaway identified 26 species, several of which are under threat.

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2002/03 Highlights
The Darwin Centre
Our scientific research
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Sharing knowledge
Managing our assets
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2003 exhibitions and events
Financial review
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Our scientific research
Worldwide collaborationsSupporting biodiversity initiativesIn the field
Serving clients worldwideScience on our doorstep: The Wildlife Garden

Graph of science visitor daysThe importance of the Museum’s scientific work was recognized by the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology, which in 2002 published the results of its inquiry into the state of systematics – the science of naming, describing and classifying life on Earth.

The report argued for improved Government funding, in order to enhance the provision of scientific training and to facilitate better use of taxonomic resources. It showed that funding for UK systematics institutions has fallen since the last inquiry in 1992, in spite of the growing demand for systematists.

The Museum is doing much to address the issues raised in the report. We have expanded our training provision at postgraduate level, and we are developing teaching modules for undergraduate courses. We are committed to opening up our resources to wider access, for example through online collections databases. And we are constantly evolving our scientific priorities to meet public and government concerns.


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