The SYNTHESYS Network Activities are an integrated package that support and develop the natural history infrastructure in Europe. The Network Activities aim to raise scientists' awareness of best practice in handling and sampling collections by offering improved training and workshop opportunities, and guidelines for the care, storage and conservation of collections. It will create an integrated European resource; bringing together the biological and geological collections held by major natural history museums and other institutions. SYNTHESYS, through its Network Activities will ensure usability of collections is enhanced by increased adoption of common standards and protocols. In addition, the Network Activities will make collections information available electronically to Users by addressing a number of bottle necks to populating the electronic infrastructure.