Nominate an Expert – NASEM Study on Biological Collections

At the request of the National Science Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is undertaking a study on Biological Collections: Their Past, Present, and Future Contributions and Options to Maintaining Them. This study will review the contributions of biological collections, describe the major advances in their use over the last decade, and envision future innovative ways in which biological collections can be utilized to further advance science over the next decade.

For this call, we are reaching far and wide to obtain a diversity of expertise for the study committee. Please consider nominating one or more colleagues or yourself to serve on this study using this link. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 21.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Life Sciences (BLS) is seeking nominations of experts to serve on a new study committee that will review the role of biological collections in research and education.

For this task, the expert committee will focus on living stocks (organisms) and preserved repositories of biodiversity specimens and materials that are financially supported in full or in part by the National Science Foundation. The committee will describe the major advances in the use of collections over the last decade; envision future innovative ways in which biological collections can be utilized; describe the greatest challenges to maintaining biological collections; and suggest a range of long-term strategies that could be used for their sustained support, individually or in groups, of research and education.

View the full statement of task (PDF).

BLS is seeking nominees for experts that reflect the diversity of life sciences research and education activities conducted using biological collections including, but not limited to:

  • Biodiversity
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Evolutionary Biology

We also seek candidates who have expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Collection curation and management
  • Data management and storage
  • Imaging technologies
  • Formal and informal education
  • Financial administration
  • Broad knowledge of biological collections and their use in research and education

Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations are requested no later than Friday, September 21, 2018.

contact for further information: Audrey D. Thévenon

to nominate someone, follow this link