Biological collections are a critical part of the nation’s science infrastructure and a fundamental resource for understanding the natural world. Without enhanced strategic leadership and investments in their infrastructure and growth many biological collections could be lost. This new report recommends approaches for biological collections to develop long-term financial sustainability, advance digitization, recruit and support a diverse workforce, and upgrade and maintain a robust physical infrastructure in order to continue serving science and society.
To download or read the report online for free as well as access a video recording of the key findings (30 min), please visit: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/biological-collections-their-past-present-and-future-contributions-and-options-for-sustaining-them
Public Briefing and Discussion
September 17, 2020 at 11 AM (ET)
Please join us for a 1-hour public webinar to discuss the findings of the report. Dr. Shirley Pomponi of the Florida Atlantic University and Dr. James P. Collins of the Arizona State University, co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee, will present brief highlights of the report recommendations. Following the presentation, report committee members Pamela Soltis of the University of Florida, Manzour Hazbon of the American Type Culture Collection and George Matsumoto of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will join the co-chairs to answer questions from webinar registrants.
Webinar registrants and members of the community are highly encouraged to submit questions in advance of this event. Submit questions here or by clicking the button below.
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