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

Nominate Experts to the NAGPRA Review Committee

The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) Review Committee.  The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members from nominations submitted by Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, or traditional Native American religious leaders and national museum organizations or national scientific organizations.  Nominations must be received by June […]

SPNHC Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp

The NSC Alliance is partnering with the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in hosting a virtual Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp over Zoom on June 22-23, 2022.  The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history.  This is building upon our previous iterations of […]

NSC Alliance Members Invited to Participate in AIBS Virtual Advocacy Event

Members of NSC Alliance are invited to participate in the 2022 Virtual Advocacy Event organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences on April 25-29, 2022.   Meet with your members of Congress virtually to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences.  Advocate for federal investments in […]

Register Now: Sixth Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

The Field Museum in collaboration with iDigBio and NSC Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, Enhancing & advancing the quality of digitized data, on May 23-25, 2022.  This year’s event with be a virtual meeting.  The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, […]

Student Opportunity: TORCH 2022 Summer Internship

The National Science Foundation-supported Texas and Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH) makes the information contained in natural history collections readily available to researchers, educators, land managers, and the general public. The TORCH project is digitizing and serving online the data from ca. 2 million herbarium specimens from the South-Central United States, unlocking the information […]

Upcoming NAGPRA Review Committee Meetings

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee is scheduled to hold six virtual public meetings on January 31, 2022; February 14, 2022; February 28, 2022; March 10, 2022; March 15, 2022; and March 21, 2022. All meetings will be held from 3:00 PM until approximately 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The agenda […]

International Workshop Series on Digital Sequence Information: Recordings Now Available

With support from the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the USA Nagoya Protocol Action Group are organizing an online workshop series to explore how the international scientific community can study biodiversity in the changing landscape of international policy.  Recordings from the first five sessions in this series are now available […]

NSF-Funded Workshop to Evaluate the Need and Scope of an Antarctic Biorepository

An upcoming NSF-funded workshop will assess the current state of biological collections from Antarctica held in the USA, and identifying the value of and need for a repository for Antarctic organisms.  In addition, workshop participants will explore potential benefits and challenges of such a biological repository, including discussions related to collection organization, accessibility, infrastructure, and […]

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