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…

ICOM Round Table Discussion: Environmental Issues: Every Museum’s Responsibility

Last May 7, Dr. Eric Dorfman, Chair of NATHIST and Board Member of ICOM US, co-presented a round-table discussion (called “Hot Topics”), with Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as part of the International Council of Museum’s contribution to the American Alliance of Museums’ 2018 conference. See a report and…

Museum Luncheon with Tribal Delegation before ICOM 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Founders Room, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Kwel Hoy’: We Draw the Line is a cross-country tour, museum exhibition and series of public programs uplifting Indigenous leadership in efforts to protect water, land, and our collective future, developed by members of the Lummi Nation and The…

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,…