New Co-opted Board Member

Dr. Emlyn Koster of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Natural Sciences has been unanimously co-opted to the Board of ICOM NATHIST for the partial term to the the Annual General Meeting in 2019 (Kyoto). With a BSc from the University of Sheffield in England and a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Canada,…

2017 Call for Papers Extended

Want to present a paper at ICOM NATHIST 2017, but haven’t submitted an abstract? You’re in luck – the deadline to submit an abstract as been extended to May 31, 2017. Join museum professionals to explore manifestations of the Anthropocene in nature, art, and the humanities through keynote presentations, concurrent breakouts, and workshop sessions at…

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ICOM NATHIST published three websites: Its main one (this one); its Ethics Working Group site and that of its Wildlife Trafficking Working Group. We publish news from the society and the industry at large. Roughly once a month, we release out highlights of all three sites to about a thousand subscribers through an e-News and…

Update on the Japan Earthquake

Many across the museum sector are concerned about the welfare of Japanese heritage after the recent sever earthquakes. We have received the following update: The JCSM (Japan Council of Science Museums) Secretariat checked, at least two nature science museums had serious damage. In the Kumamoto prefecture, there are 4 member museums. The other member museums…

Earthquake in Kumamoto

The recent 7.3 Kumamoto earthquake and many associated aftershocks have been continuing even after more than two weeks. Our colleagues from ICOM Japan report that at the moment, many nationally designated cultural properties have been effected, including 42 Important Cultural Properties(38 buildings, 4 arts and crafts), 1 Special Historic Sites (Kumamoto Castle), 29 Historic Sites,…

Fire Destroys New Delhi Natural History Museum

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those effected by the tragic fire that destroyed the Natural History Museum in New Delhi last week, in which the entire collection has been lost. We are grateful that staff remained safe. Although firefighters were able to bring the flames under control before it reached the museum…

Registration and Abstract deadline extended

The deadline for submitting a conference abstract has been been extended. The new deadline is now the same as the deadline for conference registration: August 14th. Please visit the conference web page for updated information and to download the registration form. As always, please contact us if you have questions.

Dr. Eric Dorfman named Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh – USA. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh today announced that ICOM NATHIST President Dr. Eric Dorfman has been named Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an…

News – Scientific Illiteracy in Spain

SPAIN – According to the Survey of Social Perception of Science developed by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT), lack of Spanish on basic scientific issues is still very high, so that one could speak of there is still a high degree scientific illiteracy. They draw attention to the following: 46% do not…

ICOM NATHIST signs MOU with WAZA

February 2015, ICOM NATHIST signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, to undertake joint activities of mutual benefit for conservation of natural heritage. The crux of the MOU rests with two paragraphs that outline what we will do: A – Common areas for joint activities, relate clearly to the…

ICOM NATHIST says goodbye to Luisa Rocha and welcomes Lynda Knowles

The Board of ICOM NATHIST expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr Luisa Maria Rocha, who steps down from the position of Secretary of ICOM NATHIST, which she has held since 2013. Luisa is Museologist at Environmental Museum Research Institute of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, which aims to facilitate dialogue with society about the…

New website ICOM NATHIST Wildlife Trafficking Working Group

In recognition of the impact of the wildlife trade on species conservation and museum security, ICOM NATHIST has formed the Wildlife Trafficking Working Group. Much like the Ethics Working Group, we will bring together partners, stakeholders and information, hold occasional meetings, undertake initiatives and post digests in our regular e-News bulletin. The website is now live and can…