NatSCA Conference & AGM 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 17:00


University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

The Natural Science Collections Association will be holding their next annual conference & AGM on 20 & 21 April 2017. The event will be hosted by the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge and sponsored by Axiell.

Evolving Ideas: provocative new ways of working with collections

This conference aims to generate real food for thought for anyone interested in enhancing how museums with natural sciences collections operate. We want to provoke, explore and inspire new ways of working.

The #NatSCA2017 conference will be two days of sharing and discussion about how the sector could do things better.

The full programme is available here as a pdf


Membership Discount

If you or your institution are a NatSCA member, please email to claim your discount code to reveal membership rate tickets.

Please note that two member rate places are permitted at the conference for institutional members.

Not a member? No problem. For just £20 you can become a NatSCA member and enjoy member rate places at our conferences and workshops as well as receiving our annual journal. Contact for information, or join online.

To book online, please use the Eventbrite widget below or follow this link. If you require a paper booking form, please download and complete the form here. Speakers who have received confirmation that their talk has been accepted should use this form. Completed forms can be returned by post or email.

Conference Meal

This year's conference meal is in the Great Hall at Clare College, Cambridge. Join us to celebrate the conference in true Cambridge style. Please indicate your menu choices when booking

For carnivores - Slow cooked beetroot salmon charred cucumber, macerated beetroot, yuzu, dill emulsion, wasabi snow
For herbivores - Caramelised root vegetable terrine (V) pickled and raw root vegetable salad, wasabi sorbet

For carnivores - Roast Norfolk black chicken breast leek and braised leg roll , parsnip purée and crisps, buttered vegetables and madeira jus
For herbivores - Wild mushroom arancini (V) celeriac and truffle purée, shimeji mushroom, button onion and celeriac fricassée, truffle and hazelnut pesto

Dark chocolate fondant sesame tuille, milk chocolate caramel, malt ice cream, cacao nib sauce

Tea or Coffee

Tours and Events

Optional tours of the following areas will be available between 4- 6pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 April:

  • Cambridge Zoology Museum conservation studios
  • Cambridge Zoology Museum collection stores
  • Sedgwick Geology Museum galleries
  • Please contact Natalie Jones to book a place.

    There will be an opportunity to see the available new galleries of the Zoology Museum on the Friday afternoon of the conference.

    On Saturday 22 April you may also be interested in the Cambridge #EarthOptimism event with speakers including Jane Goodall and Steven Pinker, looking at success stories which show how it's not all doom and gloom for nature. Please note, this is not organised by NatSCA and you will need to sign up on their website to register.