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Within the GGBC there are many ongoing projects led by our members. The GGBC does not have projects on its own but by acting as a platform for our members to collaborate on the GGBC facilitates these endeavours. Ranging from BSc degree projects to large collaborative efforts between organisations these projects, local and global, all focus on understanding and enhancing biodiversity.


The research at the GGBC spans from the smallest of organisms like slimemolds to the largest terrestrial animal on earth, the elephant. The research focuses on everything from systemic, biogeography, evolution, genomics, conservation and much more.

Student Projects

With many GGBC members working on various research and conservation projects there are many opportunities to do your degree project with us at the GGBC. Contact for a full, updated list of available student projects.

Though PhD projects are affiliated to the GGBC, the GGBC does not provide PhD projects. Instead, please have a look at the University of Gothenburg employment page for advertisements.

Communication and outreach

The many educators within the GGBC sometimes combine forces with scientists and other experts within certain fields to provide high quality information to the public. Below are some examples of communication projects focused on schoolchildren.

SamBio: Samverkan för Biologisk mångfald (Collaboration for Biodiversity)

The loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest threats to our future. Even in Sweden, there is a depletion of biodiversity. The SamBio project aims to build and disseminate knowledge about why biodiversity is important and to generate commitment to biodiversity in Västra Götaland. The project is directed partly towards children and youth (schools and teachers) but also towards the business sector. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Gothenburg and a number of public actors in the region (museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, science centers).

TETTRIs - Transforming European Taxonomy through Training, Research and Innovations

TETTRIs aims to bring about transformative changes in the role of taxonomy in addressing biodiversity challenges by enhancing taxonomic capacity and transferring crucial scientific knowledge to societal actors. In the TETTRIs project, the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (GGBC) will contribute to the Blueprint for Taxonomic Capacity (WP7). Additionally, our partner organization, the Gothenburg Natural History Museum, will contribute to the taxonomic e-services and resources marketplace (WP3), while the Gothenburg Botanical Garden will add value to the integration of taxonomy into university curricula (WP5).

Så Vilda

Så Vilda is a collaborative effort led by the Gothenburg Botanical Garden which was funded by Formas between 2019-2020 and has now been incorporated into the garden's educational program. The project aims to increase school children's knowledge of native Swedish flora. Since the project began in 2020, more than 10,000 school children have received seeds for native plant species sent to them around western Sweden, which they and teachers have sown and learnt about. With the help of video material and visits by the project educators, children and teachers have gained more knowledge about the plants, pollinators and biodiversity.

Ocean Blues

Ocean Blues is led by members at the Centre for Sea and Society in collaboration with the GGBC, FRAM, CeCAR, Havsmiljöinstitutet and HDK-Valand. This project focuses on helping young adults to turn climate anxiety in to action. Through a series of workshops teenagers are taught about the pending threats against biodiversity and how they can be proactive in mitigating the problem. The project is funded by FORMAS for the period 2020-2022.