Envisioning a Biological Collections Action Center

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Series objective

With the recent passage of the CHIPS legislation (See HB 4346; Section 10355, Biological Research Collections) Congress authorized development of an Action Center for Biological Collections (ACBC) as recommended in the 2020 report of an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century (NASEM report). This series of webinars and workshops will be co-sponsored by iDigBio, SPNHC, NSCA, AIBS, NMNH, NYBG, LACM, and the Field Museum and will bring together collections leaders across the U.S. for the purpose of following up NSF’s investments in ADBC, NASEM, and BCoN and with the goal of producing an enhanced vision of a U.S. Action Center for Biological Collections.
We hope that by having a combination of virtual and in person events, all interested within the community will have an opportunity to participate and contribute in some way.


Webinar Series

  • Recordings: All webinars will be held from 1-2 p.m. Eastern. Webinars will be open to all and will be recorded. Recordings will be posted here following the event.
  • Discourse: To obtain input from the community, we will be using Discourse. To access the platform, click here. For detailed access instructions, click here.

Webinar 1: March 7, 2023
Visions of an Action Center from NASEM Report Authors: Pam Soltis (moderator), Andy Bentley, and Barbara Thiers

Webinar 2: March 14, 2023
Visions of an Action Center from NASEM Report Authors: Pam Soltis (moderator), Joe Cook, Scott Edwards, Talia Karim, Shirley Pomponi

Webinar 3: March 21, 2023
Responses to the NASEM report with presentations from the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), AIBS, and BCoN
Speakers include: Scott Miller, Kevin Hackett, and Diane DiEuliis (IWGSC), Jyotsna Pandey (AIBS), and Breda Zimkus (BCoN).


The webinars will foreshadow a series of workshops and focus groups to bring together U.S. collections professionals to consider the products and services an action center could offer to strengthen and sustain U.S. collections.

Workshop 1: March 23-24, 2023: New York Botanical Garden

Workshop 2: July 20-21, 2023: Field Museum

Workshop 3: September 26-27, 2023: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County