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BIG4 - Biosystematics, Informatics and Genetics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642241

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 874 278,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 874 278,60

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

Objective

BIG4 is a global network to amalgamate the cutting edge methods of genomics, phylogenetics, informatics, taxonomy, semantic biodiversity publishing and citizen science, into highly competitive cross-disciplinary training programme for 15 ESRs with a stronghold in biosystematics. These 15 future leaders will extend the exploration of the four biggest groups of living organisms in a more forward looking way than has been attempted before. The urgent focus on the “big four” insect groups, i.e. Coleoptera (beetles), Hymenoptera (wasps, ants and bees), Diptera (flies and mosquitoes), and Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) is justified by the super abundance of this form of Life, and by the growing need by science and society to make better use of the enormous potential hidden in their biological diversity. BIG4 aims [1] to gain a robust systematic knowledge that explains the evolutionary origin, diversification, past and present distributions of living organisms, [2] to model their future dispersal and [3] to predict the traits of species that are yet unknown. Additionally, BIG4 strives for [4] implementing organismal features into engineering, medicine, agricultural or environmental solutions, the insect flight mechanics and more effective pollination to mention just a few. Such knowledge is in a particularly high demand in respect of the four biggest insects groups comprising the most important model organisms, the most dangerous pests or disease vectors, the most abundant invasive species and the most fragile entire species communities undergoing extinction due to habitat destruction. By integrating academia with the business and public sectors, BIG4 will greatly increase services and beneficial products provided by the biosystematics as a science. BIG4 will place insect mega-diversity as a powerful service for economic and societal needs such as environmental monitoring, biological control, biomedicine, or ecological farming.

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 870 245,64

Participants (11)

TURUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

ZOOLOGISCHES FORSCHUNGSMUSEUM ALEXANDER KOENIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

PENSOFT PUBLISHERS

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 218 651,40

Era7 Information Technologies SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 464 844,96

NATURHISTORISKA RIKSMUSEET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 527 318,64

DECURIA AB

Sweden

SAVANTIC AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 527 318,64

Partners (11)

NARODNI MUZEUM-NATIONAL MUSEUM NM

Czechia

MUSEE ROYAL DE L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE

Belgium

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA

Japan

UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Australia

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Australia

LANDCARE RESEARCH NEW ZEALAND LTD

New Zealand

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS CENTER FOR RESEARCH, INC

United States

PLAZI GMBH

Switzerland

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642241

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 874 278,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 874 278,60

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

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