The Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG) has always been linked to the University through teaching and research activities. The Museum is the largest in Switzerland and host over 15 million specimens, including 200’000 vertebrates. Presently it is composed of 8 research departments, 5 of them being involved in the study of animal diversity and evolution. Two of them are focused on vertebrates studies, two on arthropods and the last one on the remaining invertebrate groups. An important component of its research is collection based.
The Museum scientists are actively involved in various programmes and are teaching at both the Bachelor and the Master level. They are particularly active in the Master Biodiversity and Systematics, and also follow PhD students.
Research at the Museum is very diverse but remains focused on the description of animal diversity and evolution. South East Asia primitive spiders, Swiss Coleoptera, African herpetofauna, passerines from Polynesia or North Atlantic Hydrozoa are just a small selection of the groups presently studied by the Museum scientists.