New Collections-Based Workshop and Faculty Mentoring Network for Undergraduate Biology Educators

Are you interested in incorporating more real data into your undergraduate courses? Natural history collections have been digitizing (the process of converting information into a digital format) their holdings and making them available online, creating a vast resource for biodiversity data that educators can access! Apply now to join the 2017 “Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate […]

Participate in WeDigBio This Week

The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event kicks off this week from 20-23 October. Citizen scientists are teaming up with researchers and other participants around the world to capture biodiversity specimen data—digitizing the information for scientific research, education, and policy. Participants can pick a project in which to participate online ( or find an […]

A Celebration of European Natural History Collections

The Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid will be hosting the 20th anniversary of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) on 20 October. The event will engage a diverse audience of researchers, science communicators, international policymakers and industry representatives about the importance of natural history collections in today’s global economy and the challenges of the […]

Communications Boot Camp for Scientists

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched a new professional development program designed to enhance the communication skills of scientists, particularly those interested in communicating with decision-makers and the news media. The program is an excellent way to develop new communication skills and identify effective methods for broadening the impact of research and […]

Share Your Collections Outreach Documents

The BCoN Collections Communications Working Group has identified a need to compile existing outreach documents that the biodiversity collections and science communities may use to educate decision-makers and the general public about the nature of biodiversity collections-based science, including the benefits derived from digitizing specimens and their associated data. If you or your organization would […]

Fellowship Opportunity at Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of Natural History is offering a fellowship opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral and professional researchers. The program provides an opportunity to conduct independent research and to collaborate with Smithsonian scientists. Fellows have access to the world’s largest natural and cultural history collections. The fellowship is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. […]

Register for Free Entomology Collections Workshops

Two collections workshops will take place prior to the opening of the International Congress of Entomology, to be held in Orlando, Florida on September 25, 2016. “Invasive Pests, Collections as Critical Infrastructure” and “Bee Pollinators, Critical Gene Banks” are sponsored by Scientific Collections International (SciColl) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The first workshop will […]

New Database for Isotope Data Subject of Meeting in New Mexico

Isotope scientists, museum and biodiversity scientists, journal editors, and database professionals from around the world recently gathered in the desert of New Mexico to discuss how to create a database – IsoBank – that would capture isotopic data. The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) cosponsored the workshop. BCoN is a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network […]

Valuing Our “Endangered” Natural History

An op-ed published in the New York Times on April 1 extolls the unsung virtues of natural history collections. “Natural history museums are so focused on the future that they have for centuries routinely preserved such specimens to answer questions they didn’t yet know how to ask, requiring methodologies that had not yet been invented, […]

Young Investigator Fellowship for Botanical Collecting Expedition to Samoa

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is organizing a six-week botanical expedition to the two largest islands in the Independent State of Samoa, Savai’i and ‘Upolu. The field work will focus on the goal of botanical exploration of poorly known and botanically diverse habitats on these islands and to document and provide data critical to […]