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.

NSC Alliance Announces 2012 Accomplishments

In 2012, the NSC Alliance engaged in a number of notable activities to raise the profile of natural history collections with policymakers, researchers, and the general public.  A few highlights are presented below:

  • Conducted a Congressional briefing on digitization of natural science collections. The event was well attended by policymakers from Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Coordinated a joint society letter to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to express concerns with a proposal to alter the Collections in Support of Biological Research program.
  • Provided testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of increased funding for the NSF and the Department of the Interior.
  • Developed two issue briefs that help to articulate the importance of scientific collections, which are available at
  • Initiated planning with iDigBio and AIBS for a jointly sponsored workshop to be held at the 2013 Society for Preservation of Natural History Collections annual meeting.

Read all of NSC Alliance’s accomplishments from 2012 at

NSC Alliance Announces 2012 Accomplishments
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