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The Rise of Systematic Biology

The Rise of Systematic Biology is part of the Tentative list of Sweden in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Kyle Magnuson Los Angeles, California - United States of America 07.07.17

The Rise of Systematic Biology (T) by Kyle Magnuson

Reports seem to point to a 2020 nomination from Sweden (likely premature). Perhaps, but this nomination will have to overcome some major challenges to be inscribed. Number one is OUV, and I could not shake the feeling that this serial nomination is of regional importance. While I only visited the most accessible site in Uppsala, other components did little to affirm this nomination can get a positive recommendation from ICOMOS. During my research of all serial components, none stood out as exceptional or significantly more representative of Systematic Biology. Often association with the scientist was on display rather then authentic cultural landscapes that related to scientific innovation.

There is an indication that Sweden wishes this nominations to be transnational. The USA, England, Netherlands, and France are mentioned. Yet, for these state parties to become involved, it will almost certainly be much later than 2019 before a dossier is ready. No other state party has made a tentative site addition relating to Systematic Biology.

About the site site itself, I can say its an easy train ride from Stockholm, and a 15 minute walk from the station. Summer weather and blooming flowers made it a pleasant visit. The home (museum) is not particularly noteworthy, but for its association with a prominent scientist. Uppsala is worth visiting, and I would recommend visiting the garden and other sites in this nomination (time permitting).

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