29 May 2019

Director of CIIMAR on the scientific board of the National Museum of Natural History of France

Vitor Vasconcelos, director of CIIMAR is, since May 2019, a member of the scientific board of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in France.


The MNHN comprises a set of 13 infrastructures distributed throughout Paris and elsewhere in France, including the Jardin des Plantes with its flagship Grand Gallery of Evolution and its monumental greenhouses, or the Musée de l'Homme, dedicated to the human sciences, both in Paris. Also part of the MNHN structures, there are some facilities dedicated to the sea: the marine station of Concarneau established in 1859, is the oldest marine station in the world still active and is dedicated to research in enzymes and hormones in marine organisms; and the Center for Research and Education in Coastal Systems (CRESCO) in Dinard specialized in observation, dissemination and literacy of science in biodiversity and sustainable development of coastal areas.


After joint appointment of the ministers of higher education, environment and research, Vitor Vasconcelos, now includes the panel members of the scientific board of the MNHN France. The board aims to pronounce on all the scientific questions related to the mission of MNHN including the fundamental and applied research, knowledge, valorization, conservation and access to the collections and data of the MNHN. It also has an important contribution to the guidance of the educational role of the MNHN and the dissemination of science for all the publics.


The National Museum of Natural History of France has almost 400 years of history and works on the frontiers of the Earth, Life and Human Sciences working daily in the relationship of Man with nature.