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Season’s Greetings from NATHIST

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 …

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New Social Media Channels for NATHIST

Thanks to our hard-working board member, Christel Schollaardt, we have new social media channels for NATHIST. Here, you will find real-time information about NATHIST, as well as news about our global network. Facebook: ICOMNathist (please stay tuned for the link) Twitter: @ICOMNathist https://twitter.com/IcomNathist Instagram: ICOMNathist https://www.instagram.com/icomnathist/?hl=en Please note that the new Facebook channel has NO SPACE in it. The old …

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Survey: Natural History Museums

The Manchester Museum is running a project, funded by the British Ecological Society, that aims to help strengthen and develop UK natural sciences collections as a research-useful infrastructure. This would support nature conservation, environmental and ecological research, related policy and site/species/habitat management. It would also help inform museum sector policy and funding (e.g. preliminary results will contribute towards the UK …

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ICOM Round Table Discussion: Environmental Issues: Every Museum’s Responsibility

Last May 7, Dr. Eric Dorfman, Chair of NATHIST and Board Member of ICOM US, co-presented a round-table discussion (called “Hot Topics”), with Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as part of the International Council of Museum’s contribution to the American Alliance of Museums’ 2018 conference. See a report and notes from this workshop at …

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Conference Guide updated

After a few iterations, we’ve created a new conference guide for 2018. We’ve changed the name from a “manual” to “guide” to reflect  a more helpful format and and content focused on support and best practice. You can find the updated manual at this link https://icomnathist.com/icom-nathist-conference-guide/ It will be useful in you are planning a NATHIST conference, or you are …

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Museum Luncheon with Tribal Delegation before ICOM 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Founders Room, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Kwel Hoy’: We Draw the Line is a cross-country tour, museum exhibition and series of public programs uplifting Indigenous leadership in efforts to protect water, land, and our collective future, developed by members of the Lummi Nation and The Natural History Museum, a pop-up …

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New Co-Opted Board Member

The Board of ICOM NATHIST is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Shih-yu Hung as a co-opted Board member. Shih-yu Hung is the Director of the National Taiwan Museum, Republic of China. He replaces Mr. Chi-ming (Jimmy) Chen and will remain until the elections at the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Shih-yu Hung has been devoted his …

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Consolidating Websites

After seven and three years, respectively, ICOM NATHIST will retire the websites of the Ethics Working Group and the Wildlife Trafficking Working Group. We will continue to provide news and information on natural history museum ethics and wildlife trafficking via this, our main site, and you will be able to see prior information provided through our Archive Pages.  Documents are …

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ICOM NATHIST Archives Project, Phase 2

Earlier this year, ICOM NATHIST completed phase one of its archives project, to upload onto our site all the past newsletters since the first issue, in 1978. Special thanks to past President, Dr. Gerhard Winter, for driving this project through to completion. These can be downloaded from our Archive page. Due to a number of requests, we are reinstating occasional …

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Season’s Greetings

As another year draws to a close, it’s typical for us to reflect on where we’ve come and were we’re going. What we can predict for 2017, perhaps more than many past years, is relatively uncertain. Even a few highlights from a list of current environmental issues is enough to give most of us pause. The Arctic was 36° warmer …