Nature Research Centre

Akademijos Str. 2, LT-08412 Vilnius

The State Scientific Research Institute Nature Research Centre (NRC) was established on 31 December 2009 under the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Official Gazette, No. 158-7186, 2009) by merging the Institute of Botany, the Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University and the Institute of Geology and Geography. The research potential and the experimental basis of the three institutes were integrated to create an up-to-date scientific research infrastructure for investigations into present-day and past ecosystems, as well as studies and development of environmental protection technologies. Upholding 70-year-old traditions and experience, the newly established NRC not only pursues and co-ordinates long-term scientific research in various fields of biotic and abiotic nature and ensures the competence of Lithuania on the international stage, but also takes an active role in the development and implementation of a conceptual framework for the protection of the living environment and its sustainable development, as well as disseminating scientific knowledge of biotic and abiotic environment, thus contributing to the development of the knowledge economy and education of society. In co-operation with representatives of business, government and society, the Nature Research Centre conducts contracted scientific research and experimental development work, rendering recommendations concerning research methodology, etc.

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The Nature Research Centre is a state scientific research institute. The Centre is a public legal entity operating as a state budget institution and performing long-term research and experimental (social and cultural) development activities according to research trends established in the Articles of Association of the Centre and significant for the state, society, international communications and business.

The founder of the Centre is the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

Purposes of the centre:

  • to carry out long-term research and experimental (social and cultural) development activities in ecology, botany, mycology, microbiology, virology, zoology, parasitology and geosciences relevant for sustainability and the development of the economy, culture, health care and society;
  • to cooperate with business, government and public representatives, to carry out contracted research and experimental development work (social and cultural) and to render methodological support (both in relation to the creation of methods and in use of methods);
  • to raise public awareness of scientific knowledge, to use it in culture, education, health care, social and economic activity, and to contribute to the creation of an economy based on innovation and knowledge and education of open knowledge society.
Laboratory of economic botany



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The INCREDIBLE project aims to show how Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) can play an important role in supporting sustainable forest management and rural development, by creating networks to share and exchange knowledge and expertise. ‘Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) promotes cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation to highlight the value and potential of NWFPs in the region.


Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement Nº 774632