Survey on partnerships between zoos and museums

ICOM NATHIST has joined with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to explore ways that the two sectors can work more closely to conserve global natural heritage, advance research and more effectively engage our joint public. We want to hear from you! Please take five minutes to fill out the survey at this…

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…

2016 ICOM NATHIST Board Nominations

At our 2016 Annual General Meeting, we will vote in the members of the Board of ICOM NATHIST. All position are up for re-election, and all current members are standing for another 3-year term. Any ICOM NATHIST member in good standing may run for any position. There are also additional “Member at Large” positions that…

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…

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…

Global Thunderclap for International Day for Biological Diversity

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is organizing a worldwide “Thunderclap” to support the International Day for Biological Diversity on the theme “The Pyramid of Life” The Biodiversity is Us project wants to make as much noise as possible this year to raise awareness on biodiversity loss. What makes this year so special? WAZA…

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…

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,…

New ICOM NATHIST Treasurer, Jesse Rodriguez

The Board of ICOM NATHIST warmly welcomes Jesse Rodriguez as its new Treasurer, effective March 2016. He replaces Marcia Lourenço from the Museum of Zoology, University of São Paulo, in Brazil, who served in the role since October 2013. Jesse is an accountant and has served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the…