Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections, 1 - 2 June 2017

Dear WABA Members,

 Natural history collections can be shy beasts – tucked away in drawers and cabinets. We want to get them out and about to inspire more people to love them, use them and support them!

 To do this we are holding a two-day symposium called “Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections” to bring together scientists, museum people, artists, citizen scientists and others who share an interest in promoting natural history collections to wider audiences. We are inviting you to come and share your ideas with us.

 Jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and CSIRO the symposium will take place at the University’s Ann Harding Conference Centre on 1-2 June 2017. Invited speakers will discuss art and natural history, citizen science, conservation of historic specimens and digital collection discovery, and our keynote speaker Deirdre Coleman of the University of Melbourne will delve into the complexities of historical taxonomy and connections between politics, personalities and natural history collections from the past.

 We will take these ideas forward into discussion sessions aimed at developing new, cross-disciplinary networks and relationships to get natural history collections Out of the Box. We will also have workshops on practical techniques for using and caring for natural history collections. We are looking for your ideas and contributions to help us imagine new futures for natural history collections.

When : 1-2 June, 2017

Where: Jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and CSIROAnn Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra.

See flier here for event flier

 Registration will be $160, with $80 for concession card holders, plus a symposium dinner on the evening of June 1 (cost TBA). For more information contact Alison Wain at Alison.wain@canberra.edu.au or see the symposium

website at http://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/cccr/events/outofthebox/