“We must support other museums. Because museums are, from a global perspective, threatened. They are under constant threat of financial problems”, says Benjamin Kear, researcher and curator at the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala, Sweden. “We are the bridge between academic research and the rest of the world”, he continues.
Kear is referring to the projects to support museums in the developing world, where Uppsala University is participating, also funded by the Swedish Research Council, and Matiariki Network of Universities. Currently projects are planned in countries such as Tunisia, Lebanon and East Timor.
The original article by Åsa Malmberg, motivates the importance of the collaboration by arguing that many fossils in developing countries are either never found, or ends up in private collections, rather than being part of a sustainable source of knowledge and financial income for local societies. The full article can be read here: https://www.uu.se/nyheter/artikel/?id=19548&typ=artikel&lang=sv (In Swedish only)