In 2013, 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:
- Sponsored a symposium with iDigBio on digitization and dissemination of natural history data. The event was held at the 2013 Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) annual meeting.
- Joined with SPNHC and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) to submit a Research Coordination Network grant to the National Science Foundation. If funded, the grant would enable the three organizations to build a biocollections community that is able to fully implement and achieve the goals of the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance.
- Provided testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of increased funding for research, curation, and digitization of natural history collections from the National Science Foundation and the Department of the Interior.
- Sponsored the 5th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. Several NSC Alliance member organizations participated.