The Nature Research Centre (Gamtos tyrimu centras)
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.