Naturalis Biodiversity Center

The research of Naturalis Biodiversity Center focuses on rapid and reliable species identifications in complex environments. Using their collections of over 40 Million specimens as a genetic reference library, researchers of Naturalis develop new techniques to detect indicator species, protected species or harmful species. Naturalis possesses high throughput DNA-labs and well-developed bioinformatic pipelines. Knowledge is used for scientific and societal purposes.


Institute of Environmental Sciences

The Institute of Environmental Sciences is an independent institute within Faculty of Science of the Leiden University. The institute aspires to be the center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use and governance of natural resources and biodiversity. The Conservation Biology department of the institute aims to increase the scientific understanding of how current and emerging anthropogenic threats affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Through this understanding they facilitate strategic management of natural resources by addressing urgent challenges in relation to involved mechanisms and their inter-linkages across scales.


KWR Watercycle Research Institute

‘Bridging science to practice’ is KWR’s motto. Their researchers work at the interface of science, business and society. Their strength lies in their translation of scientific knowledge into applicable, practical solutions for end-users in the Dutch and international water sector. They have built a solid reputation as top-level innovation accelerators and international network builders, and increasingly play a coordinating role in national and international collaborations.



BaseClear offers a complete range of genomic, metagenomic, transcriptomic and bioinformatic services for life scientists working in biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutes, as well as agro- and food industries. In addition they offer applied services in microbiology (e.g. bacterial and fungal identifications, microbial typing or microbial profiling) and in synthetic biology (e.g. making of DNA libraries, gene synthesis etc.).