SciColl’s Official Launch Ceremony held 16 April 2013 in Paris
Scientific Collections International held its official launch ceremony in conjunction with the 28th meeting of the Global Science Forum, 16 April 2013, at OECD headquarters in Paris. (see Interim Executive Board meeting and launch ceremony report)
This full day session included a half-day symposium of contributed presentations on DNA barcoding and a half-day instructional workshop on biodiversity informatics. The DNA barcoding symposium contributed toward development of a regional strategy for Oceania for construction and use of standardized barcode libraries. This session explored applications and network tools appropriate for the small and scattered countries and territories of Oceania. Participants learned the latest approaches to the digitization of natural history collections and explored how these could be applied to their collections. The session concluded with a round-table discussion on strategic development of, and support for, biodiversity informatics in the Oceania region.
(see Suva 2013 Meeting Report)
More than 40 participants from 16 countries attended the Second International SciColl Conference at the Melbourne Museum in February 2011. The conference explored four interdisciplinary challenges that could benefit from greater use of scientific collections:
SciColl’s Interim Executive Board met right after the Conference to finalize the Terms of Reference and the program of work for SciColl’s first three years of operation (see Report of Melbourne Conference)
OECD’s Global Science Forum has received Letters of Intent from the following countries and institutions that expect to join SciColl when it becomes a formal organization. Representatives of these countries and institutions are now members of SciColl’s Interim Executive Board.
Applications to host SciColl’s Secretariat Office were submitted to the Global Science Forum by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. GSF reviewed the applications and submitted its evaluation to SciColl’s Interim Executive Board for a final decision.