Our Planet Reviewed - Expedition Papua New-guinea

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Scientific and institutional partners

The University of Papua New Guinea

Founded in 1965 and based in the capital Port Moresby, the University of Papua New Guinea trains annually 15,000 students on 18 campuses and research centres throughout the country. Its scope covers medicine and health sciences, physical and natural sciences, law, business, humanities and social science. The university prides itself on having produced the country’s elite, including several prime ministers, secretaries of state, high-level civil servants, magistrates and business leaders. The university is partner to the expedition through its School of Physical and Natural Sciences.


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The Binatang Research Center

Founded in 1997, the Binatang Research Center (BRC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to training Papua New Guineans as research technicians (parataxonomists and paraecologists) and doctoral students. The BRC’s primary focus is on environmental science and research in biology, more specifically on the ecology of plants and insects. It is one of the world’s top two establishments for paraecology training. In order to bring traditional nature-related skills to modern biology, the BRC endeavours to combine the creative potential and knowledge of the young people in training (often without formal education and coming from communities living in rural environments) with local and foreign students and researchers. Based in Madang, the BRC employs 18 paraecologists and 4 supporting staff, and welcomes 2 to 6 doctoral students yearly. It also receives foreign students and researchers.

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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has for mission natural science research, the provision of expertise for public authorities, the preservation and management of its collections, and public dissemination of knowledge. Its scope of research extends to: biodiversity; evolutionary mechanisms; terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems; the history of life, climate and human installations; Belgian geology and the modelling of the North Sea. Its collections boast 37 million specimens. The Museum offers 16,000 m2 of permanent galleries, temporary exhibition halls, and educational workshops, and welcomes 300,000 visitors yearly. Its dinosaur gallery, Europe’s largest, is world renowned.

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The Divine Word University of Madang

The Divine Word University (DWU) of Madang is a young university, founded in 1996. It trains students in 6 faculties on its Madang campus and throughout the country through its e-learning programmes. The heir to missionary know-how in matters of self reliance and community service, DWU has its own Internet hub, publishing house and an exceptional library including 42,000 titles as well as unequalled access to e-books, e-journals and on-line databases.