Jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and CSIRO Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections will be a two day symposium bringing together scientists, museum people, artists, citizen scientists and others who share an interest in promoting natural history collections to wider audiences.
We want to get you thinking about the diverse values and connections that natural history collections can be part of – ways of understanding them that are not purely scientific or historical or artistic, but a blend of different ways of seeing.
Our keynote speaker will be Deirdre Coleman of the University of Melbourne who has been delving into the complexities of historical taxonomy and connections between politics, personalities and natural history collections from the past.
We will also have speakers from a diverse range of disciplines speaking about how they care for and would like to use natural history specimens. This range of speakers and ideas will lead into collaborative sessions and workshops that will give you the opportunity to meet and work with people from other disciplines to generate ideas for growing the public face of these fabulous collections.