Science Poliy and Internationalisation

Head of Department: Dr. Amber Hartman Scholz

Translating DSMZ science for policymakers

As a large biological resource center, the DSMZ receives deposits into the collection from dozens of countries and sends biological material out to nearly a hundred countries. In addition, many of our on-going research projects involve international collaborations. As a result, over the last ten or more years, we have worked hard to ensure compliance with international legal frameworks that govern use and transfer of biological material (genetic resources), in particular, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and, more recently, the Nagoya Protocol. In particular, we were the first registered collection in the EU under EU-implementing legislation, Regulation (EU) No 511/2014.

Building on these early efforts, the DSMZ now has a dedicated science policy team that, through various extramurally-funded projects, continues to translate our particular expertise into guidance, analysis and scholarship that can inform national and international policymaking in the context of the CBD and other socially-relevant international fora.

Selected references

  1. Rohden, F., & Scholz, A. (2022). The international political process around Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2018–2020 intersessional period. Plants, People, Planet, 4(1), 51–60.
  2. Sett, S., dos Santos Ribeiro C., Prat C., Haringhuizen G., European Virus Archiveprincipal investigators, Scholz A. (2021). Access and benefit-sharing by the European Virus Archive in response to COVID-19. The Lancet Microbe, 3(4), e316–e323.
  3. Karger, EJ, Hartman Scholz A. (2020) DSI, the Nagoya Protocol, and Stakeholders’ Concerns. Trends Biotechnol. 2020 Oct 19; S0167-7799(20)30245-6,
  4. Verkley G, Perrone G, Piña M, Hartman Scholz A, Overmann J, Zuzuarregui A, Perugini I, Turchetti B, Hendrickx M, Stacey G, Law S, Russell J, Smith D, Lima N. (2020) New ECCO model documents for Material Deposit and Transfer Agreements in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 367 (5),
  5. Yurkov, A., Püschner, HM, Scholz, AH. Sept. 2019. DSMZ: the European Union’s first Registered Collection under the Nagoya Protocol. Microbiology Australia 40(3) 108-113,