New Anthropocene Working Group Proposed

At the 2017 conference, we will advance the idea of setting up an Anthropocene Working Group within ICOM NATHIST. The proposed group will be chaired by Dr. Emlyn Koster, Director of the North Caroline Museum of Natural Sciences (USA). Prospective members include Dr. Osamu Kamei (Japan) and Dr. Nicolas Kramar (Switzerland).   All conference-goers are…

Season’s Greetings

As another year draws to a close, it’s typical for us to reflect on where we’ve come and were we’re going. What we can predict for 2017, perhaps more than many past years, is relatively uncertain. Even a few highlights from a list of current environmental issues is enough to give most of us pause….

Professor Wen-Hao Chou, 2015 Keynote Speaker

ICOM NATHIST warmly welcomes Professor Wen-Hao Chou, Academic Deputy Director of the National Museum of Natural Science as a keynote speaker at the 2015 International Conference. Before joining the Collection and Research Scheme, Professor Chou was an exhibit coordinator largely involved in the museum’s planning and development work in 1981 – 1986. Upon the completion…

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…

Funding opportunity to support female museum researchers

A new source of research funding is available to female researchers in the natural sciences. Introducing Instrumentl. It combines crowdfunding with a comprehensive (and growing!) grant board to fund projects led by female researchers. The mission of the Instrumentl community is to “invest in female researchers solving the world’s greatest challenges”. Much similar to Kickstarter, our…

ICOM NATHIST signs up to the Bouchout Declaration

ICOM NATHIST is delighted to announced that it has signed up to the Bouchout Declaration supporting freedom of data for the biological sciences. This is an important initiative and aligns well with ICOM’s Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums. Their background to the Declaration (excerpted): Biology must manage and take advantage of the rapid…

Conference: Science Advice to Governments

On August 28-29 2014, Auckland New Zealand will welcome the world’s eminent Science Advisors, and others who have expertise in the field for a frank and fruitful discussion of the current and future state of the practice. On behalf of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime…