New Co-Opted Board Member

The Board of ICOM NATHIST is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Shih-yu Hung as a co-opted Board member. Shih-yu Hung is the Director of the National Taiwan Museum, Republic of China. He replaces Mr. Chi-ming (Jimmy) Chen and will remain until the elections at the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Shih-yu…

Consolidating Websites

After seven and three years, respectively, ICOM NATHIST will retire the websites of the Ethics Working Group and the Wildlife Trafficking Working Group. We will continue to provide news and information on natural history museum ethics and wildlife trafficking via this, our main site, and you will be able to see prior information provided through…

ICOM NATHIST Archives Project, Phase 2

Earlier this year, ICOM NATHIST completed phase one of its archives project, to upload onto our site all the past newsletters since the first issue, in 1978. Special thanks to past President, Dr. Gerhard Winter, for driving this project through to completion. These can be downloaded from our Archive page. Due to a number of…

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….

ICOM NATHIST releases white paper on natural history museums and wildlife trafficking

  Recognizing the grave need to curb trafficking of wildlife globally, and natural history museums’ largely untapped ability to contribute to this issue, ICOM NATHIST has collaborated with like-minded institutions to create a framework to facilitate involvement by workers in the field. Launched on October 6, 2016 by the ICOM NATHIST Wildlife Trafficking Working Group,…

2016 Annual Conference

The 2016 annual conference of ICOM NATHIST was held in Milan, Italy, as part of the ICOM triennial General Assembly. The Board of ICOM NATHIST would like to thank our conference and venue hosts, as well as the members for making this a memorable meeting. The theme for the conference was Natural History Museums in…

ICOM NATHIST 2017 program for 8 July

The program has been set for ICOM NATHIST for the 8th of July. It promises to be a very interesting trip in a beautiful part of the country. 8.00  departure from Milan – (location to be confirmed) and travel by long distance bus 11.00 arrival to Trento –  visit MUSE & bag lunch (please bring…

UMAC/NATHIST Symposium on Human Remains 7 July in Turin

ICOM NATHIST will join forces with ICOM’s International Committee for University and Museum Collections (UMAC) on a symposium on human remains. As you have probably already seen in the program, UMAC will have its off-site day in Turin. The program includes a special session on human remains in university collections and visits to the local university…

ICOM NATHIST and SPNHC Formalize Collaborations

The International Council of Museums Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the aims of both organizations. Among the initiatives covered in the MOU are: Mutual ex officio representation on the respective Boards…

Dr. Ian Miller: Keynote Speaker 2016

The ICOM NATHIST Conference Organizing Committee is delighted to announce Dr. Ian Miller as the keynote speaker for the 2016 annual meeting. Ian is Curator of Paleobotany and Director of Earth & Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in the USA. In addition to running the Earth and Space Sciences Departments,…

2016 Student Bursary Winner Announced

The Board of ICOM NATHIST are delighted to announce that Anneke Groen a Master’s student from Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has won the 2016 Student Bursary to attend the General Assembly in Milan. Anneke was chosen from a field of very strong candidates and were gratified to the enthusiasm for the field and…