Monday, 30 April, 2018


On 25-26 April 2018, CETAF held its 43rd binannual General Meeting at the Natural History Museum in London. Welcoming statements were held by Ian Owens, the museum's Director of Science, along with Michelle Price, who chaired the two-day meeting. Prior to the actual meeting, participants were given a tour of the scientific facilities of the museum, with a special attention to the imaging facilities, research labs and archival resources.  

The meeting was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), represented by Constance Rinaldo. The memorandum envisions a closer collaboration between BHL and CETAF with the aim of better supporting the scientific community.

Another highlight of the meeting came with the latest addition of a new institutional member to the CETAF family. As the second member from Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, National Natural History Collections was introduced to the meeting participants by Director Gila Kahila Bar-Gal. Acting as a major representative for natural science collections in the Levant, the National Natural History Collections can draw on its regional expertise in the biodiversity of the area.

Further decisions and outcomes can be found in this summary report.

The meeting was subsequently followed by a Workshop on Access and Benefit-Sharing on April 27th, led by Chris Lyal of NHM London, to provide the participants a better understanding of how the CETAF Code of Conduct can be implemented at the level of their home institutions.    


CETAF Chair, Michelle Price, opening CETAF43. 


Ian Owens, NHM London Director of Science, providing a welcoming statement to the participants of CETAF43.


Leif Schulman (Finnish Natural History Museum) presenting ICEDIG as project coordinator.


CETAF Chair Michelle Price and Constance Rinaldo (BHL) during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. 


Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Director of National Natural History Collections at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presenting her home institution. 



 CETAF Workshop on a common research agenda