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The centre is a collaboration between the following functions at the University of Gothenburg: Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Marine Sciences, Herbarium GB, Centre for Sea and Society and the Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology.

It also includes the following organizations: Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Gothenburg Maritime Museum Aquarium, Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, Chalmers Universiy of Technology, Havets Hus and Universeum.  

Centre for Sea and Society

university of GothenburgThe Centre for Sea and Society was inaugurated 1st of July 2015 and will become the new entry point to all marine and maritime activities within the University of Gothenburg. Lena Gipperth, Professor of Environmental Law at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, is director of the new centre supported by a steering committee with representatives from all faculties. The mission of the Centre for Sea and Society is to among other things to initiate, stimulate and develop transdiciplinary research and education within the marine/maritime field and also to become the entry point to all marine and maritime activities and increase visibility. Read more at the website


Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of technologyThe division of Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers conducts research to find more sustainable technology solutions and to find ways to transform technology systems to better meet the environmental and resource constraints we face. Our work requires cross-disciplinary efforts, and our areas of expertise are unified through a common systems-based approach. We also offer courses in areas closely related to our research. Read more at the website


Gothenburg Botanical Garden

Gothenburg Botanical GardenGothenburg Botanical Garden, with its 16,000 different plant species on 40 hectares, is one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe. Its botanical efforts centre around knowledge of the plants. Since its inception, education and scientific research have been the fundamental mission of the garden, but horticulture and recreation also have been important components. Gothenburg Botanical Garden actively collaborates with the University of Gothenburg and serves as an excursion and research garden. Extensive educational activities also are carried out here, with biodiversity as a focal point. Green Rehab is the garden’s programme for people suffering from mental illness. During the year, visitors can take advantage of programme activities and exhibitions. Read more at the website.


Gothenburg Maritime Museum Aquarium

Gothenburg Maritime Museum AquariumGothenburg Maritime Museum Aquarium showcases life under and above the surface of the sea. Our exhibitions, programmes and school activities are exciting combinations of cultural history and the natural sciences. In the aquarium, we focus on the marine environment and marine biological diversity. We want to involve and educate our visitors so that they want to help preserve ocean ecosystems for future generations. Read more at the website.

Gothenburg Museum of Natural History

Gothenburg Museum of Natural HistoryGothenburg Museum of Natural History is the house of zoological biodiversity, and its permanent exhibition displays a wide range of Earth’s fauna – from the single-celled amoeba to the African elephant and the world’s only stuffed blue whale.The museum’s scientific collection includes about 10 million animals from all over the world, but with an emphasis on the region and the North Sea. The museum has extensive educational activities, with up to 1,000 school class visits per year. Read more at the website.


Havets Hus

Havets Hus is a public marine aquarium focusing on the North Sea. Our mission is to teach and spark interest among current and future generations about life in the sea and its meaning by taking advantage of the knowledge of earlier generations and building on science and innovations.We are one of the few aquariums in the world that breeds and releases sharks. Read more at the website.


Herbarium GB

University of GothenburgHerbarium GB is an infrastructure for biodiversity research at the University of Gothenburg. Today it holds more that one million specimens. The collections reflect the research activity that has been undertaken within plant and fungal systematics at the Department of biological and environmental sciences during the years. The collection also includes a smaller part of algae. In addition, Herbarium GB harbours collections of plant, mosses, fungi and lichens from inventories undertaken by the County administrations, mainly from the western parts of Sweden, but also from skilled amateur biologists.

Herbarium GB is connected to a world network of more than 3000 herbaria (Index Herbariorum), through which researchers can receive loans from other parts of the world. each year we obtain and send a great number of such loans to other herbaria within the network.

Herbarium GB continuously works with digitalizing the collections to make the information about species, their ecology and distribution available to a broader audience. Information on specimens and species can be found in the database of Sweden´s Virtual Herbarium as well as in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GBIF.  Information and scans of type specimens are available at JSTOR, Global Plants.

Herbarium GB offers support for students and researchers that come to study the collections at the herbarium or by the administration of loans through the network.


Nordens Ark

Nordens arkNordens Ark is a private non-profit foundation that works to ensure endangered animals have a future. We are engaged in conservation, rearing, research and training, as well as doing what we can to increase public awareness of biological diversity. Much of our work is done in the field, both in Sweden and overseas. Read more at the website.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

University of GothenburgOur teaching and research activities stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment. Read more at the website

The Department of Earth Sciences

University of GothenburgAt the Department of Earth Sciences we conduct research and education on how biological diversity interacts with the biogeochemical cycles in different ecosystems and biomes worldwide.

We study how biodiversity is affected by ongoing climate change and the feedbacks to the atmospheric greenhouse gas balance. An important part is to link the empirical studies to the development of models on both ecosystems and on a global scale. Read more at the website

Department of Marine Sciences

University of GothenburgThe Department of Marine Sciences is Sweden’s most complete environment for marine research and marine education, and is one of only a few such organisations in Europe. With broad and cutting-edge expertise and access to unique marine infrastructure such as research vessels and field stations, the department enjoys excellent conditions for addressing the challenges of the future within marine research and education. Read more at the website

The Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology, CeMEB

University of GothenburgThe Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology, CeMEB, brings together a broad expertise from different disciplines. We focus on evolutionary processes and mechanisms in marine species and populations. A main goal is to increase our understanding of how marine organisms adapt to new environmental conditions, for example changing sea water pH, temperature and salinity. CeMEB explores the evolutionary mechanisms behind organisms’ adaptations under changing environmental conditions. Empirical observations are combined with theoretical models and hypothesis testing. The results provide a basis for a more informed management of marine resources, and potential input in biotechnology and medical research.
Read more at the website.


About Universeum

Right in the heart of Gothenburg is Universeum, Scandinavia’s most visited science centre with over half a million visitors annually. There is plenty to do here – among other things you can explore the Swedish wilderness, go on a rainforest safari, challenge your body and mind, watch when the sharks are fed, build with fun technology and travel into space. Universeum inspires and stimulates the interest for science and technology in all visitors – students and teachers, children and parents, young and old.

Amazonia in the heart of Gothenburg

Universeum’s rainforest was built to engage people in preserving biological diversity. We believe that you have to experience nature up close in order to really understand how exciting and important it is. We also want to show that an education in science and technology enables you to work with preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity.

This exhibition also aims to spread knowledge about, and interest for, Swedish forests and animals. Our own part of nature also needs our care. Read more at the website.



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