NatSCA Conference & AGM 2024

NatSCA event
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 09:00 to Friday, April 19, 2024 - 17:00

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

NatSCA Conference & AGM 2024

The Annual Conference & AGM of the Natural Sciences Collections Association will be held on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April 2024 in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The first day will include the AGM, presentations, and lightning talks. The second day will include presentations in the morning, followed by gallery and collection tours in the afternoon.

Trials and Triumphs

Sharing practice across the museum sector

This practical conference aims to celebrate triumphs and amplify successes in museums, but also highlight the pitfalls and lessons learned from situations that didn’t go as planned.

The event will be physical/digital hybrid, with attendees able to attend either in person in Oxford or online via Zoom. Details for joining via Zoom will be circulated to digital attendees in early April (or if booking after this date, will be included in your order confirmation email).

View Draft Programme

Confirmed Trade Stands Attending:

Vernon Systems

Networking and Conference Meal - Thursday 18th April

17.00 - 18.45
Informal get-together at a local pub (location TBC) or freshening-up break
19.00 onwards
Conference dinner: A traditional Oxford college experience of a three-course meal in the dining-hall-setting of St Cross College. (Additional booking required)

Collections Tours - Friday 19th April

A fantastic array of free tours has been arranged by colleagues at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Booking details to follow.


The conference is a hybrid event, with attendees able to attend in person or online via Zoom. Online attendance covers both days - £65 for members and £90 for non-members. There is no early-bird rate for online attendance. Physical attendance prices are listed below.
Members - please contact for your promotional code to release discounted tickets. Please note, institutional members may claim up to two discounted places. If you'd like to become a member please use the same email address.

Standard Earlybird (Before March 8th)
Member Non-Member Member Non-Member
Both Days One Day Both Days One Day Both Days One Day Both Days One Day
£140 £80.00 £200.00 £110.00 £120.00 £65.00 £180.00 £95.00

The most efficient way to book is using this Eventbrite system via above or

However, if your organisation is unable to pay in this manner please email

Please note, NatSCA is not VAT registered and no VAT is being charged.


NatSCA would like to offer a number of bursaries for members. There is a limited amount of money and this year the Committee is offering:

• Bursaries of up to £250 each towards in-person conference attendance, plus registration fee waived
• Free places for virtual attendance

This sum may be set against your;
• travel costs (for in-person attendance only)
• accommodation costs (for in-person attendance only)

• Only members of the Natural Sciences Collections Association can apply.
• Bursaries are limited to one per person per year.
• All successful applicants must submit an article, for either the NatSCA blog or Notes & Comments (see website), before the bursary can be paid. The subject of the article is to be agreed with the Blog Editor.
• Travel costs to be agreed with the Bursary Committee at the earliest possible date.
• International applications will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.
• In the case of competition, preference will be given to people who have not received a bursary previously.
• Bursaries are only open to individual members. Institutional members cannot apply.

Download Bursary Application

All applications for conference bursaries must be sent to the Bursary Committee by the 24th March 2023.

Meetings Policies

As a NatSCA led event, this event is subject to our meetings policies, which can be found here.