24th annual meeting of SPNHC

Bridging Continents - New Initiatives and Perspectives in Natural History collections

6 - 11 July 2009

Leiden, The Netherlands


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The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections was formed in 1985 and is recognized as a non-profit organization in the United States. SPNHC members receive Collection Forum, a biannual journal of reviewed technical information, and two issues of the SPNHC Newsletter each year. The Society for the
Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is a multidisciplinary organization composed of individuals
who are interested in development and preservation of natural history collections. Natural history collections include specimens and supporting documentation, such as audio-visual materials, labels, library materials, field data,
and similar archives. The Society actively encourages the participation of
individuals involved with all aspects of natural history collections.
The SPNHC Newsletter (ISSN 1071-2887) is published twice a year, March and September, by the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, c/o Division of Ichthyology, Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center, University of Kansas,
Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045-7561, USA.
Changes of address should be directed to SPNHC Treasurer, Planetarium Station, PO Box 526, New York, NY
10024-0526, USA.
Submissions are welcome. Please forward announcements, articles and notes to the Newsletter Editors by mail
or email.
Deadline for the next Newsletter is February 1, 2009.

SPNHC hosts annual meetings and maintains several publications.
The flagship publication is Collection Forum, an annual journal that accepts submissions on all aspects of natural history collections management and conservation.


SPNHC also publishes a biannual Newsletter, and books that examine various aspects of natural history collections care, development and management.
For the second time in the history of SPNHC an annual meeting will be held in Europe (first time: London, 2005).
It is organized by the National Museum of Natural History Naturalis and the Leiden University Medical Center LUMC and aims especially at bringing together curators and managers in natural history collections from all over the world.
As stated by the title, ‘Bridging Continents’ will focus on new, large-scaled infrastructure projects in natural history collections, with EDIT being one excellent example.
On Wednesday, 8th July a session will be dedicated to such projects to exchange experiences and discover chances for cooperation.
Furthermore, SPNHC 2009 will present the state-of-the-art in collection care and best practice, the latest on digitization of collections and much more.


Oral and poster presentations are scheduled on the 8th and 9th of July covering the whole spectrum of standards and best practices in collection management and care.
Papers and posters about these subjects are welcome for presentation!
For registration and abstract submission please use the online module on the SPNHC2009 conference website: www.spnhc2009.org. Abstract submission deadline is 5th April 2009.

With three quite different keynotes ‘Bridging Continents’ promises to become an interesting and compelling meeting.
The internationally well-known film director Peter Greenaway will give a keynote performance at the official opening of the conference.
A second keynote speech will present the Netherlands Center of Biodiversity, an ambitious project bringing together the five major natural history collections of the Netherlands under one roof in Leiden. Last but not least, Wouter Los, founding father of several of well-known international initiatives as CETAF, GBIF, and EDIT, will open the ‘infrastructure session’ with an overview of large-scaled infrastructure initiatives and projects in Europe and worldwide.

 On Friday 10th July, several Special Interest Groups can be joined: Collections Ownership, Legal Issues and Access Building Bridges of Learning and • • Experience Software Toolkit Demonstration Session Digital Photography International Regulations and Loan Policy DNA-Barcoding and Destructive Sampling Cultures of collecting, the undervalued cultural and historical significance of biology collections New developments in fluid preservation On Saturday 11th July, four workshops are scheduled about developing standards and best practices in fluid collections, labels, digitization and digital measuring. SPNHC 2009 will also give space for social events.

The local conference committee is pleased to offer a top pick in Dutch cultural and natural highlights through four preconference field trips: Neeltje Jans and Kinderdijk, train and museum boat trip to Amsterdam, Meijendel and Panorama Mesdag and Teylers museum Haarlem and bicycle tour.
On Thursday 9th July the conference dinner will take place and nomen est omen:
As ‘Bridging Continents’ is the main subject of this conference, the conference banquet will reflect the various flavors of traditional cooking from different continents. Both events will provide good chances to meet old friends and new colleagues from all over the world.
In addition to EDIT co-sponsoring the meeting, various international societies and project groups have shown interest to participate in SPNHC 2009, such as the International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) and the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA).
After four months, visitors and online registration statistics of the conference website reflect a worldwide interest in the conference covering almost all continents.
Join us to make Bridging Continents the largest event in Europe dedicated to natural history collection preservation, management, and strategies.
We welcome you to the charming city of Leiden, university town since 1575, birthplace of Rembrandt and hometown of the Dutch Constitution.
Discover a world of canals and bridges, of tradition and innovation, of making things possible.