CALL FOR PAPERS - 2020 Conference & AGM: Changing the World: Environmental Breakdown, Decolonisation and Natural Science Collections

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:00 to Friday, May 15, 2020 - 17:00

NatSCA

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

We are pleased to announce that The Natural Science Collections Association will be holding #NatSCA2020, our next annual conference & AGM, on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th May 2020.

National Museum Wales will be hosting the conference at two venues: St Fagans National Museum of History and National Museum Cardiff.

The theme will be Changing the World: Environmental Breakdown, Decolonisation and Natural Science Collections

We will be inviting proposals for presentations which explore both the role of natural science collections as a resource, and also the challenges facing interpretation, representation and inclusion in challenging and worldwide ‘big issue’ dialogues.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Annual Conference & AGM of the Natural Sciences Collections Association will be held on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th May 2020. National Museum Wales will be hosting the conference at two venues in Cardiff: St Fagans National Museum of History and National Museum Cardiff. The first day at St Fagans will include the AGM, presentations and poster sessions. The second day (NMC) will include presentations in the morning session, followed by collection tours in the afternoon.

Changing the World: Environmental Breakdown, Decolonisation and Natural Science collections

The #NatSCA2020 conference invites proposals for presentations exploring the role of natural science collections in addressing or engaging with ‘big issue’ challenges, both in the environment and in society. For example:

• Have you been involved in a research project using natural science collections to inform decision/policy makers on the implications of climate change, biodiversity loss or biosecurity threats?
• Are you developing plans to reconceptualise and decolonise your collections?

We would like to hear from anyone and everyone who uses natural science collections to interact with important global topics.

This conference intends to offer an opportunity to share the best ideas and approaches to working with collections. We will prioritise papers that focus on sharing ideas, tools and guidance rather than simply reporting results – so please try to reflect this in your abstract.

While we have a focus on natural science collections, we recognise that we can learn from others in the wider museum sector and we welcome submissions from anyone who wishes to share techniques and ideas with broader relevance and application.

Please complete your abstract using the attached document.

Deadline for submission: 7th February 2020
Please send your abstract to: conference@natsca.org
Please use conference@natsca.org for all submissions and enquiries.