Science Groups Write to Lawmakers about the Importance of Mobilizing Biodiversity Specimens, Data

On March 1, 2021, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) – the founding members of the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), wrote to the House Science Committee about the importance of mobilizing biodiversity specimens and data in spurring new […]

Global Consultation on Converging Digital and Extended Specimens

Over the past year there have been several exciting conversations about the possibilities of digital representations of the billions of specimens currently held in the world’s natural history collections. Two concepts—the Digital Specimen proposed by the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) in Europe and the Extended Specimen emerging from the Biological Collections Network (BCoN) in the United States—are now aligning towards a shared vision that […]

Webinar: Forward-Thinking Discussion on Biological Collections

Date: January 14, 2021 Location: Online via Zoom Watch a recording of this webinar. We invite the Biological Collections community at-large to join the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) for a joint discussion with the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) […]

2nd Natural History Collections and COVID-19 Survey: Operational Status, Economic Impacts and Plans for Reopening

In April, the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) conducted a survey of the natural history collections/museum community to understand how COVID-19 related economic disruptions are affecting the work of professionals associated with such collections. We shared the results with the scientific community, including federal program managers and policymakers, in May 2020. This second survey follows up […]

Natural History Collections and COVID-19: Operational Status, Economic Impacts, and Plans for Re-Opening

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) is working to help the scientific and natural history collections/museum community understand how COVID-19 related economic disruptions are affecting research, education, specimen and data management and care, institutional administration, and other factors. We recently shared the results of a community survey of collections professionals. We continue to track impacts to […]

COVID-19 Impacts on Biodiversity Science Collections

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) surveyed individuals affiliated with US biodiversity science collections to better understand the effects of COVID-19 related disruptions and closures on biodiversity research and education collections, and the people who use and care for these scientific resources. The survey was conducted in April 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Biodiversity Collections: April 2020 Questionnaire

Projections indicate that the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home orders will have a deep and lasting impact on many aspects of our lives and work.  In order to document the effect of the crisis on biodiversity collections and those who use and care for them, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), […]

Science Groups Request Support for Collections-enabled Research and Education to Tackle Current and Future Global Problems, Advance Science

On March 31, 2020, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) – the founding members of the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), wrote to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) […]

BCoN Early Career Travel Awards for Team and Interdisciplinary Science Training

In 2019, the Biodiversity Collections Network released a report, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz140).  This report offers an exciting vision for biodiversity-related research and education.  Achieving this vision will require a new level of collaboration from interdisciplinary teams BCoN wants to help prepare biodiversity-related scientists (broadly defined) to be successful […]

BCoN Announces Winners of Travel Awards for Communications Training

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) is pleased to announce the winners of travel awards to enable early career biodiversity scientists, collection managers, educators, and other biodiversity-collection professionals to participate in the AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists in Washington, DC this fall.  The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on professional development program. Ms. Sarah […]