On 20 May 2015 the annual meeting of the Society for Preservation of Natural History Collections kicked off in Gainesville, Florida with a Plenary Session planned by the NSC Alliance, iDigBio, and the NIBA Research Coordination Network.

The Plenary, “Collections for the 21st Century,” featured:

- Larry M. Page, Director, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
In Defense of Specimen Collecting, Natural History Collections, and Bioethics

- Susan Middleton, independent artist, photographer, author and educator, and Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
Evidence of Evolution: Darwin’s Cabinet of Curiosities

- Erin Tripp, Curator of Botany, Museum of Natural History, and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Endless Forms, Most Useful

- Austin Mast, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
WeDigBio—Public Participation in Digitization of Natural History Collections Hits its Stride

- Quentin Wheeler, President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York
Time to Grow a Pair: Institutional Leadership, Taxonomy and Natural History

- Robert Gropp, Director, Public Policy Office, AIBS and NSC Alliance, Washington, DC
Building a Networked National Community for Collections

The program, which was broadcast live by iDigBio will also be archived and made available in the coming weeks.