The mission of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands (NHN) is "to generate, to make accessible, and to transfer knowledge on the nature, evolution and origin of botanical diversity." The research on the extensive herbarium collections of the NHN provides a plant systematic basis for all botanical sciences and contributes to the conservation and sustainable use of the Earth s natural resources.
The NHN mission is further defined in seven core tasks: To perform, coordinate and promote plant systematics research. To teach systematic botany at undergraduate and graduate level. To effectively curate and further develop its herbarium collections. To stimulate the transfer of botanical knowledge to society in general, and to relevant national and international organizations in particular. To attract national and international researchers at the PhD, postdoctoral and tenure track level to carry out high quality research at the NHN. To organise courses, seminars, conferences, publications, guest lectures etc. for the scientific community, general public and specific target groups. To strengthen the national and international position of plant systematics research and teaching.
(Other departments may refer to researchers and projects as well.)