[Taxacom] Call for Abstracts: Pacific Science Congress session on Biological Collections

Schindel, David schindeld at si.edu
Thu Jan 6 14:55:30 CST 2011


Dear Colleagues,

The Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (14-18 June 2011; see www.pacificscience.org/congress2011.html) will include a one-day symposium/workshop devoted to "Biological Collections in the Pacific: Developing critical infrastructure for research and applications".  The Call for Abstracts and an online submission form are now available at www.dnabarcodes2011.org/collectionsAbstract.php.

Repositories of biological specimens and samples are critical for research in a variety of fields, including but not limited to biodiversity, evolution, ecology, biomedicine, biological oceanography, and environmental studies.  In the Pacific region, these fields are faced with these and other challenges:

  * Despite the enormous size and biological complexity of the Pacific region, there are relatively few major repositories of reference biological material.  

  * Large portions of the specimens in Pacific collections are not represented by web-accessible information.  They are non-existent except for researchers with the resources to visit those repositories.

  * Most universities and research institutions lack easy access to the collections their staff members and students need for their research.  

  * The valuable specimens that result from their work may never be accessioned into collections for future reference. 

The conference session will be include three components:

  * Presentations on major initiatives to improve collections and increase their use and impact (15-20 minutes each)

  * Short 'lightning presentations' on initiatives to improve collections and collection-related research institutions in the Pacific region (5 minutes each)

  * Break-out and whole-group discussions of strategies and priorities for improving collections and collection-related networks to improve access to and use of collections in the Pacific region and collections-based research.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions about this meeting.

David E. Schindel, Executive Secretary
Consortium for the Barcode of Life
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Email: SchindelD at si.edu 
CBOL WEBSITE: http://www.barcoding.si.edu 





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