SPNHC2014 Abstract Call: Integration of scientific collections into environmental change research
Scientific Collections International (SciColl) and The Natural History Museum London (NHM) will host a breakout session at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) 2014 Annual Meeting, held during the afternoon sessions on 25 June 2014. The main theme is the integration of scientific collections into environmental change research. Natural history and other scientific collections, such as core, soil and genetic libraries, offer relatively under-utilized or under-integrated sources of critical evidence about the past, and hold the potential for refining our understanding of how natural systems respond to environmental change.
We would like to hear your experiences and have your input regarding the use of collections in environmental and climate change research, especially cases where research and collections have bridged multiple disciplines, including connections to anthropology and archaeology.
We ask that those interested in presenting either as a full speaker (15 minutes w/ questions) or lighting talk and panel member (5 minute lighting round) submit abstracts following the SPNHC 2014 system Additionally, please add "SciColl/NHM" in the subject line of your submission email. Submissions are due by 5 May 2014.
Not interested in presenting, but still have something to share about collections, environmental change, and interdisciplinary work? Join us for our panel and open discussions. We want to hear from you, the collections professionals, about how you think your collections could be better utilized and how communication and access across collections can be improved.
Additional Event: Save the Date!
We will also be hosting a 2-day conference at NHM London, 15-16 September 2014. If you can’t make it to SPNHC, please consider joining us at this event which will focus on the integration of interdisciplinary collections and environmental change research. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
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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.