Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Activities & Events

White Paper: Envisioning a Natural History Collections Action Center

In 2020, an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released its report, Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century. Recommendation 8-1 of the report called for the establishment of a national Action Center for Biological Collections, which was codified into law by the U.S. Congress […]

Six Emerging and Early Career Professionals Selected to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) has identified six emerging and early career professionals who will join the steering committee of the National Science Foundation-funded project, “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.” The BIOFAIR Data Network project, led by BCoN and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) in partnership […]

BCoN Seeks Emerging and Early Career Professionals to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and with support from the National Science Foundation (Award No. 2303588), is organizing a community discussion series, entitled “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.”   NSC Alliance is a partner in this project.  Critical to this […]

2023 SPNHC Natural History Education DemoCamp

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Education Sessional Committee is hosting a virtual Natural History Education (NHE) DemoCamp. The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history. NSC Alliance is a partner in the event. The NHE DemoCamp is designed to provide materials and […]

Showcase the Value of Collections: Enter the 13th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest

Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for a chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers. Once again, this year’s competition is sponsored by the Society for […]

Kick-off Webinar & Discussion on the Need for a Specimen Management Plan Requirement

Please join representatives from the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) and the U.S. Culture Collection Network (USCCN) for a joint webinar discussion on the need for a Specimen Management Plan requirement in research proposals that generate living or preserved specimens. Recommended by the National Academies report on biological collections in 2020, this requirement is now supported […]

U.S. Government Initiative to Help Support Ukrainian Collections

The U.S. Department of State, the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) are working together to help identify, and where possible assist with efforts to save and protect priceless Ukrainian archival, cultural, and scientific collections under threat.  They are requesting help […]

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