Patricia Mergen

Research scientist: Biodiversity Information, Project Management
Project Management Office (PMO)

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My main domain of expertise is fund raising and management of externally funded projects. I have also a long term experience in Biodiversity Information and especially in the domain of data standards and associated applications. Scientific expertise is in numerical ecology and statistical modelling and data analysis.


I hold a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of Namur in Belgium since 2002 with topic “Distribution of fish populations in Reservoir lakes”. In 1999 I received a Diploma of Specialisation (DEA) in Freshwater Ecology and have a License in Biological Sciences from the University of Namur in Paleo-ecology (Study of fossil coral reef in the stone quarry of Tailfer, Belgium).

Employment history

  • June 1996 – December 1997 
    Research scientist in convention with the Walloon Region: Study of the fish populations in the reservoir lakes, University of Namur, Rue de Bruxelles, 61, B-5000 Namur, Belgium 
  • June 2002 – January 2005
    Project Manager, Belgian Biodiversity Information Facility (BeBIF), Free University of, Brussels, Belgium Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
  • May 2005 -
    Liaison Officer, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Department of Zoology, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium
  • January 2016 -
    Liaison Officer, Meise Botanic Garden, Project Management Office, Nieuwelaan 36, 1860, Meise Belgium

Professional activities
Chair of the Fundraising and Partnerships Sub-Committee of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). 
Part of the TDWG Delegation at the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)
(Co) - Representative for Meise Botanic Garden in the : 
  • General Assembly of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)
  • General Assembly of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC-A)
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
  • Task Force Financial Sustainability of EOSC
  • Working Group FOSB Architecture

Expert in the Belgian CIS-Open Sciences Committee
Independent expert for the European Commission
Vice-chair of the Belgian Committee for the International Wata Associate (B-IWA)
Part of the executive committee of the Royal Belgian Zoology Society 

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