MUSE - Science Museum



MUSE building Credit: MUSE
MUSE, Trento, Italy
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Trento Science Museum is a natural history museum based in NE Italy in the Italian Alps, whose mission is to illustrate the alpine environment with the tools of science and scientific inquiry, engaging the public on issues of innovation and sustainability. In 2013 the museum moved into a new purpose-built site designed by world-class architect Renzo Piano, with 13,000 square meters of exhibition areas and science labs that were designed to implement top quality visitor interpretation.

The museum research units cover all fields of natural sciences, include approx. 40 full time members of staff; and in the last 5 years they were able to raise more than 3million euros in European funding. The museum research staff have produced 446 publications and jointly with universities have awarded 11PhDs, 36MScs and 22BScs in various fields of natural sciences. The botany department manages two satellite gardens - one in the Alps and the other in Lake Garda; it also has a tropical Eastern Afromontane greenhouse in the main building and, as of 2015, vegetable gardens around the museum. The botany department also maintains a historical herbarium and an active seedbank for rare and threatened species. The head of the botany department represents Italy in the European Consortium of Botanic Gardens on behalf of the national network of Italian Botanic Gardens.



Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh



Palmhouse Edinburgh, Credit: RBGE
Palmhouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a diverse organisation and is made up of four sites - Edinburgh, Benmore Botanic Garden, Dawyck Botanic Garden and Logan Botanic Garden. We are first and foremost a scientific institution dedicated to plant research and conservation, which is underpinned by our internationally-important collections of living and preserved plants in our Herbarium, a large specialist library and modern laboratories. Our Gardens are also a major visitor attraction in Scotland, providing relaxing surroundings and activities for people to participate in including exhibitions, performances and community garden events. In addition, we run one of the largest programmes of horticultural education of any botanic garden.

RBGE is a world-renowned botanic garden with the mission of exploring, explaining and conserving plants for a better future. Throughout its 346 years’ history, learning has been central to the organisation’s mandate. RBGE is seen as a leader in the field of botanic garden education, particularly in its scope and depth of audiences and programmes offered and in its in-house online learning platform, PropaGate Learning. Programmes range from Teddy Bear’s Picnics to PhDs, and everything in between.



National Museum of Natural History and Science – University of Lisbon



Lisbon Botanic Garden Credit: MUHNAC
Lisbon Botanic Garden
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The National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC) of the University of Lisbon is an open door to the natural world. It is a space of memory, culture and knowledge located in the heart of Lisbon (Príncipe Real). MUHNAC includes spaces filled with science and history, like the Main Building, the Chemical Laboratory, the Lisbon Botanic Garden and the Astronomical Observatory. In addition to this monumental building, the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon located at Tapada da Ajuda and the Tropical Botanical Garden in Belém are also a part of Lisbon scientific heritage. Visitors can find over 5,000m2 of exhibitions in all areas related to Nature and Science: From the Natural Sciences and the History of Science to many other fields of academic knowledge, including the exact or the tropical sciences, the medicine or the humanities, the arts and architecture. The Museum and the Botanic Garden include texts, images and objects of important scientific collections, properly preserved to serve the research on contemporary issues and the dissemination of scientific culture. The Museum serves as an intervention tool and a gateway, opening the University of Lisbon to society. Through its exhibits and all its scientific, cultural and educational activities, the Museum provokes the public understanding on Nature and Science. The whole Universe in the City!



Nottingham Trent University



Newton Building Credit: NTU
Nottingham Trent University
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The School of Education provides a strong portfolio of teacher training programmes and a wide range of courses for students who want to study Education in its widest context. NTU has around 1,500 students enrolled on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses (which are all inspected regularly) and 60 academic staff. We are very proud of the wide range of learning opportunities we offer within Education; whether you are interested in undergraduate courses with an education focus, teacher training in primary, secondary or FE or CPD for professionals in education. Student satisfaction on the National Survey Student Satisfaction is above the national average with many courses recording 100% satisfaction. Within the School we engage with a wide range of research communities in education and children's services to ensure that all our staff have relevant expertise and that our teaching is informed by research.



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Botanic Gardens Conservation International



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Staff at BGCI
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BGCI is a membership organisation, linking botanic gardens around the world in a shared commitment to save threatened plant species and raise awareness about the importance of plants. With approximately 500 member organizations, BGCI is the world’s largest plant conservation network. BGCI was established in 1987, its head offices are located at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as having offices in China and the USA.

BCGI's highly regarded education programme has been running for over 20 years. Its activities focus on information sharing, knowledge transfer and capacity building for plant conservation and sustainability, working closely with research organisations to improve leaning and knowledge management.