Ambitious targets that involve scientific research that contributes towards societal importance are a top priority for the Natural Science Collections Facility (NSCF) at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) who will be hosting its virtual forum from 23 to 26 March 2021. The theme for this year’s annual forum is ‘Caring and Sharing’, focusing on international best practice in collection conservation, open access to collections and its associated data.

New and distinct is what can be expected at this year’s online event. The pulsating programme will feature poetry and a musical performance, a photographic competition, creative writing, virtual cafés and deep engagements to recognise the NSCF community’s transformation journey.

Picture credit: NSCF

Ongoing changes required in making South Africa’s natural science collections openly accessible, secure and increasing understanding of their value to the public remains a focal point of the four-day engagement. The unveiling of the much awaited Collection Management and Conservation Manual will be one of the highlights of the first day.

The NSCF Virtual Forum will be co-hosted by SANBI and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Engage with the live virtual event on Twitter @SANBI_ZA and @NSCF_SA; on Facebook @SouthAfricanNationalBiodiversityInstitute and @NSCFSA with the hashtag #NSCFVirtualForum2021.

For more information:

NSCF Virtual Forum event details are available at here

Visit the NSCF website

Craig Allenby
Director: Marketing and Commercialisation
Cell: +27 71 400 7566

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