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Second World Congress on Natural History Collections (fwd)



Apologies in advance for cross-posting to multiple lists. The following 
is the second announcement for this congress. You may contact either 
Chris Collins or me for more information.

Sally Shelton
Director, Collections Care and Conservation


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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 12:18:38 +0000 (GMT)
>From: Chris Collins <cjc1001@esc.cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Second World Congress on Natural History Collections (fwd)


                   `Natural History Collections - 
                     A Resource for the Future.'

                   "Second World Congress on the 
               Preservation and Conservation of Natural 
                       History Collections."

                Sponsored by the Biotechnology and 
                Biological Sciences Research Council

   Hosted by the Geological Conservation Unit, the Sedgwick Museum and the 
   Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.

   Patrons:     Sir David Attenborough
                Lord Dainton
                Sir Crispin Tickell

   Dates - 20th-24th  August 1996.

Natural History Collections document the range and abundance of species 
through time, providing a priceless and irreplaceable record of the 
planet's natural heritage.  Recognition of their status as a valuable 
and unique resource has increased dramatically in recent years and the 
high profile of the Congress is reflected by its patrons (above).  The 
Congress intends to develop the challenges inherent in preserving natural
history collections to the year 2000 and beyond and to push forward 
philosophies and strategies to meet these challenges.

The first World  Congress in Madrid in 1992 attracted 500 delegates from 70 
countries. It was a major success in establishing world-wide 
communication and awareness and led to the submission of the   
resolutions on the development of Natural History Collections as a world-
wide resource to the  UNCED meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

The major issues that will be discussed at the congress include:

1.      The use and development of collections in industry,research and 
        education. 
2.      Accessibility of collections using Information technology,databases and 
        international data exchange.
3.      Current techniques in the care and management of collections.
4.      Current condition of collections in the developed and developing 
        countries.
5.      The media image of natural history collections.
6.      Economic and fund-raising aspects.
7.      Strategies for the future including the practical development of the  
        World Council on Collections resources (WCCR).  This body acts as 
        an umbrella group with the aim of promoting worldwide:

        a. international co-ordination between groups and institutions;         
        b. standards in collection management;
        c. Communication between workers in the field;
        d. the public understanding of the value and importance of these 
           collections.

8.      Finally and most importantly, the development of Natural History 
        Collections in Developing Countries as a  socio-economic resource.

This will be a practical Congress, providing practical solutions for the 
continued development and support of Natural Science Collections around the 
world.

Participants from developing countries will be particularly welcomed and 
urged to participate in the congress. Every possible assistance will be 
given to attract funding to support participants from developing 
countries, so that these countries can influence the future practical 
initiatives being developed.

The Congress will be structured around discussion sessions and Workshops 
involving every participant at the meeting.  These will be led by a 
lecture structure designed to initiate communication and discussion. Poster 
sessions relating to the discussion topics will also be run, for which all 
participants are invited to submit abstracts for posters.  Information on 
poster abstracts will be sent out with the information pack. 

If you are interested in receiving more information or would like to 
register for the Congress then please return the attached form (with 
payment) below to:

        The Administrator - World Congress,  
        Department of Earth Sciences, 
        University of Cambridge, 
        Downing Street, 
        Cambridge 
        CB2 3EQ.
        UK

        tel:+44 1223 33 34 21
        Fax:+44 1223 33 34 50

SECOND WORLD CONGRESS ON THE PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION NATURAL HISTORY 
COLLECTIONS

Natural History Collections - A Resource for the Future
University of Cambridge:   August 1996

I would like to register for the Congress:      
Yes/No and enclose my registration fee

Surname:.........................................
Forenames:......................................
Title:...........................................
Occupation:......................................
Institution:.....................................
Address:.........................................
Town:............................................
Postcode:........................................
Country:.........................................
Telephone:.......................................
Fax:.............................................
e-mail:..........................................

Registration - Full registration includes attendance at the congress, 
poster sessions and workshops, coffee and tea at the meeting and
attendance at the Congress Receptions.  
Guest registration includes attendance at the congress receptions and 
copies of the congress programme.                       

Reduced rates apply before 31st May 1996
                                                                        
                        Before                          After
Full Participant:       # 150                           # 175
Accompanying Guest      #  50                           # 70
Congress Banquet                #  30 per person
Other meals                     #  20 /person/night
(please circle)                    20 August
                                   21 August
                                   22 August

(If registering then please circle the fees that you are paying and fill 
in the total figure at the end)

Please note that cancellation after 1 June 1996 will result in the loss of 
your registration fee.

Accommodation - Prices are for bed and breakfast

Date of arrival................................
Date of departure..............................
Number of Nights booked........................
I wish to book (bed and breakfast)accommodation for the above:  Yes/No

St. John's College      Single rooms only  
# 35 per person/night  #.................

Hotel (with bath)       2 person room   
# 40 per person/night  #.................
                        single room             
# 60 per per/night     #.................

I enclose an IMO/cheque for the total fee of #..............................

(This should be made payable to the University of Cambridge)

Other Visits are to be arranged during the Congress.   Further 
information will be available in your registration pack.

POSTER SESSIONS

Poster sessions will be run on topics relating to the meeting, if you would 
like to submit an abstract for a poster session please indicate below:
(details will then be posted to you)

Databases, Computer Technology and the Internet                 yes/no

Industrial Use of collections                                   yes/no

Research and Collections Development                            yes/no

Education, the Media: Perceptions and Use                       yes/no

Collections Care for Natural History Collections                yes/no

International Funding in Natural History                        yes/no  

Developing Collections in developing Countries                  yes/no          
                        

Strategies for developing Natural History Collections           yes/no          
                        

The Value of Collections                                        yes/no

International Collaboration and the development of 
Natural History Collections                                     yes/no          
                        

WORKSHOPS - Please CIRCLE those you wish to attend:

Databases, Computer Technology and the Internet                 yes/no

Care of Collections                                             yes/no
                                                                        
Fund Raising for Natural History Collections                    yes/no


TRAVEL GRANTS - Limited funds may be available for participants from 
developing countries.

I wish to apply for a travel grant                              yes/no

Please send curriculum vitae, details of travel costs and a letter of 
recommendation from the head of your institution

Simultaneous translation        yes/no 
Please indicate language...............................................

Exhibition\Trade show - Please indicate if you would like to receive 
details of the excellent facilities which will be available     yes/no