NatSCA Conference & AGM 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, April 27, 2018 - 17:00


Leeds City Museum

The museum ecosystem: exploring how different subject specialisms can work closer together

This conference aims to lead us outside our comfort zone and explore how working closely with different disciplines and departments can not only strengthen our own areas of expertise, but museums as a whole. The museum ecosystem is vast and not limited to just museums as it includes universities, local organisations, funding bodies, artists, communities and many other stakeholders.

The #NatSCA2018 conference theme is wide – two days of sharing and discussion about how we can ensure working together is better for all.


Free 45 minute tours of Leeds Discovery Centre for CONFERENCE DELEGATES are available on Wednesday and Friday afternoons with natural science curators Clare Brown and Rebecca Machin. Numbers are limited so please reserve your place when booking your conference tickets.

The store’s address is Leeds Museum Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB, 0113 3782100. It is a ~30 minute walk from Leeds City Museum. You can reach it on the 28, 28A and 70 buses ( and there is a free car park at the store.

Wednesday 25th April 2pm and 3pm and Friday 27th April 2.30pm and 3.30pm


Thursday 26th April 8pm. Fancy an Indian? Our annual meal and social will be at Hansa's - a vegetarian Gujarati restaurant with an excellent reputation. They will provide 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts for everyone to share and enjoy together, please have a look at their website for an idea of the dishes they serve. Special dietary requirements can be catered for but you must let us know when you book. £21.95 including tip, drinks to be purchased separately. BOOKING DEADLINE is 29th March.

Buy your tickets

Please purchase tickets for the conference and meal via Eventbrite. Your free tour tickets can also be reserved this way. If your institution is unable to pay this way or you would rather pay by cheque please download the paper booking form. Special arrangements can be made if you are struggling with payment from abroad - please contact

MEMBERS - please contact to claim your discount code. Institutional Members can claim discount for two of their volunteers or staff to attend. Not a member? Not to worry, you can still save money on conference tickets by becoming a member. Annual membership: students & unwaged £15, personal £20, institutional £40. Insert your code into the promotional code box before selecting tickets.

SPEAKERS - this year you can book online too! When your paper was accepted you were sent a code to release speaker tickets. If you are also a member please email for a different code to give you member discount and speaker tickets but please make it clear you are also a speaker. Insert your code into the promotional code box before selecting tickets.

Same excellent prices as last year:

Early bird booking – until midnight Monday 12th March 2018:

  • One day cost: NatSCA members £50, non-member £70
  • Two day cost: NatSCA members £85, non-member £125

From Tuesday 13th March 2018:

  • One day cost: NatSCA members £60, non-member £80
  • Two day cost: NatSCA members £100, non-member £140
  • Speakers: The day you speak is free of charge. Additional days charged at above one day costs.

    The are two bursaries available for NatSCA2018. Please see here for more details and the application form.

    What's the refund policy?

    Conference: You may cancel your place at the conference for a full refund until 13th of April 2018. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

    Meal: NatSCA is required to pay a deposit for the conference meal on March 30th. Refunds for the meal will not be issued after this date unless someone else can take your place.

    Please email for refund enquiries (don't use Eventbrite's refund system)

    Eventbrite - NatSCA Conference 2018 - The Museum Ecosystem