Presentation

Linking citizen science and natural history specimens

by Dr Melissa Martin

Description

Natural history museums and curated specimen collections are vital scientific infrastructure. Given their multiple benefits, there is need for developing innovative ideas to bridge the gap between science and society to maintain and further increase the relevance of this critical scientific resource moving forward.

The presenters (a researcher, a curator and a creative officer) will take us on their journey of tackling the above by designing a course that mentors and trains undergraduate students regarding the fundamentals of taxonomy and curatorial management, leading up to designing their own exhibition for the public. The presenters will also discuss how their innovation, EpoXonomy©, could be used as a platform to bring together various stakeholders and engage in the importance of museum specimens.

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