As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a time to think about the many achievements and contributions made by our board, our members and the sector as a whole. Perhaps the most far reaching are the actions we made in response to the fire that devastated Rio’s national museum. Aside from direct comments acknowledging that important collections still remain in the collection, we issued the “Ramat Gan Statement,” encouraging proper protection for the world’s tangible natural heritage so that it lasts in perpetuity.
Of course, important as these activities were, the best loved of our yearly calendar is our annual conference, and this year was no exception. Those of us who attended the conference hosted in Israel (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with an excursion to the Dead Sea) will remember the stimulating talks, beautiful scenery and outstanding hospitality for a very long time.
What makes NATHIST so special is the combination of the scholarly activities, work on advocacy and the exchange of ideas, mixed with the fun of long-term friendships. Our work is recognized because it is important and timely. NATHIST itself is recognized because of its many members, for whom natural history and its persistence is a high propriety.
In the next year, we intend to continue our trajectory leading the sector in best practice around sustainability. Keep in touch with us to find out more as the next months unfold. Until then, warmest wishes for a healthy and enjoyable holiday season.
Eric Dorfman, PhD, Chair ICOM NATHIST