SPNHC & ICOM NATHIST 2020 – postponed to 2022

June 7, 2020


RBGE and NMS are jointly hosting a conference from the 7th – 13th June 2020 of two major Natural History Collection organisations, SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST. Information relating to these organisations is provided below.
The conference will be held over several days and is expected to attract approximately 700 participants in total. The main venue will be the McEwan Hall in the centre of Edinburgh, with Evening events held within NMS and RBGE.
Conference planning committee:
    NMS: Sankurie Pye (Chair), Nick Fraser, Chanté St Clair Inglis
    RBGE: Suzanne Cubey, Elspeth Haston, Rob Cubey
The additional organising committees comprises members of staff, students an volunteers from both RBGE and NMS.

The legacy for RBGE and NMS following the conference would include:
  • Stronger collaboration between NMS and RBGE.
  • NMS/RBGE recognition as ‘Centres of Excellence’ for collections & research.
  • Academic publications (including a special edition of a journal).
  • Increased use of the collections (from an international perspective).
  • Keeping up with advances in best practice in natural science collections.
  • Information gathered on how to make processes relating to collections more environmentally sustainable.
  • Building relationships with key partners and sponsors.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

RBGE and NMS are currently members of SPNHC.

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society. These include not just specimens, but also supporting documentation, such as audio-visual materials, labels, library materials, field data and similar archives.

SPNHC was formed in 1985 and is recognized as a non-profit organization {501(c)(3)} in the United States. The Society’s objectives are:
  •  To provide and maintain an international association of persons who study and care for natural history collections
  •  To encourage research on the essential requirements for preserving, storing, studying and displaying natural history collections
  •  To publish a professional journal, Collection Forum, and encourage the dissemination of information about natural history collections
  •  To hold annual meetings and sponsor symposia and workshops to foster the exchange of ideas and information

The Society hosts annual meetings and maintains an active roster of publications, including Collection Forum, a journal that accepts submissions on all aspects of natural history collections management and conservation, a bi-annual Newsletter, and books that examine various aspects of natural history collections care, development and management. SPNHC is led by a talented group of individuals who are elected by the membership. Much of the work is accomplished through committees, which form the backbone of the Society.
There are currently over 600 members worldwide.

 International Council of Museums (ICOM)

 NMS is a member of ICOM.

 An organisation created in 1946 by and for museum professionals.
  • A unique network of more than 37,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community.
  • A diplomatic forum made up of experts from 141 countries and territories to respond to the challenges museums face worldwide.
  • A consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • 115 National Committees and 30 International Committees dedicated to various museum specialties.
  • A leading force in ethical matters.
  • One of the founding members of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS).
  • A Public Interest Organisation.
  • 3 official languages: English, French and Spanish.

International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (NATHIST)

NATHIST is concerned with the conservation of biological diversity in museums collections as well as in the natural environment, the scientific study of the world’s natural heritage and the education of the wider public through museum displays, conferences, field trips, etc. A newsletter ensures contacts between members of the committee which should be increasingly called upon considering the ever-increasing interest in nature and its protection
Registration for the event will open on 28 October 2019


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