NATHIST Statement on Collections in Ramat Gan

On November 8, 2018, in Ramat Gan, Israel, the membership of ICOM NATHIST agreed to make a global, collective statement about the importance of proper stewardship of collections, and the provision of adequate resourcing those activities appropriately. The statement comes in the wake of the devastating fire in the Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum, that…

Season’s Greetings from NATHIST

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a time to think about the many achievements and contributions made by our board, our members and the sector as a whole. Perhaps the most far reaching are the actions we made in response to the fire that devastated Rio’s national museum. Aside from direct comments acknowledging that…

Call for Papers NATHIST 2019

Natural History Museums: A Nexus Between Nature and Culture We’re very much looking forward to the 2019 Triennial General Assembly in Kyoto. NATHIST talks will occur on 2, 3 and 4 September. Building on the theme of the Kyoto General Assembly, Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition, the theme for the NATHIST conference…

Conference Report NATHIST 2018

Natural History Museums in Time and Place Natural History Museums spearhead our understanding of the Universe. Times have changed. So too has our understanding of our place on Earth. In the conference it was time to address the present and examine our museums in time and place. For three days we gathered together to meet…

Opportunity – Research Engineer on ant ecology in France

A message from Franck Courchamp, University of Paris Sud: Dear colleagues, our group is recruiting a Research Engineer to work on invasive ants for the CNRS at the Ecology, Systematics & Evolution Research Unit, based at the University of Paris Sud, Orsay (near Paris, France). The full profile is attached here RecruitingAntResearchEngineer The position will…

Open Letter to the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

On September 2, a devastating fire ripped through of Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum. This is a tragic loss not only for Brazil but for the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Following is a letter sent from the Board of NATHIST, on behalf of the membership, to offer support and assistance, but also to recognize…

2018 Conference Abstract Deadline Extended

For those wanting to send in an abstract to the 2018 conference, and are afraid you’ve missed it, you’re in luck. The deadline for submission has been extended to August 15, 2018. The theme for the conference is “Natural History Museums in Time and Place,” which has already inspired the contributions of many different perspectives….

Are you a member of NATHIST?

If you’ve been enjoying reading about the international natural history museum field through our website and newsletters, or attending our conferences as a non-member, you’ll know the benefits of being part of the group. Tackling the big issues Over recent years, NATHIST has sponsored many initiatives that directly address major questions facing natural history museums,…

2018 Conference Website is up

ICOM Israel have launched the official website for the 2018 NATHIST conference, officially opening registration. It has information about the schedule, host venue, as well as accommodation and registration details. Click on the image or this link to find out more. For questions, please contact the conference organizer, Dorit Wolenitz at:   email: musdori@012.net.il Telephone…

Survey: Natural History Museums

The Manchester Museum is running a project, funded by the British Ecological Society, that aims to help strengthen and develop UK natural sciences collections as a research-useful infrastructure. This would support nature conservation, environmental and ecological research, related policy and site/species/habitat management. It would also help inform museum sector policy and funding (e.g. preliminary results…