NatSCA Digital Digest – September

Compiled by Olivia Beavers, Assistant Curator of Natural Science at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Welcome to the September edition of NatSCA Digital Digest.

A monthly blog series featuring the latest on where to go, what to see and do in the natural history sector including jobs, exhibitions, conferences and training opportunities. We are really keen to hear more about museum re-openings, exhibition launches, virtual conferences and webinars, and new and interesting online content. If you have any top tips and recommendations for our next Digest please drop an email to

What to do

As we move into the new school year, The Grantham Climate Art Prize is calling for messages of hope from young people on climate change – ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November. This is an opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to raise awareness for our precious habitats and send a message of hope through designing a mural to go onto walls across the UK – and be in for a chance to win £250 cash!  The theme of this competition is Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change. Click here to learn more – entries by 24.09.21.

Interested in Space? A talk about ‘The Geology of Titan’, by Ralph Lorenz, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Maryland, is being held on September 9th 2021. This talk is part of the ‘2021: The Year of Space!’ – a series of talks on our solar system hosted by the Geological Society of London.  Another talk on ‘The Geology of Pluto’ follows in November.

Collections Trust are running a series of workshops throughout September, all workshops are free but you need to register your interest beforehand.

Tanyptera Trust is holding a webinar on Craneflies on Thursday 9th September at 7:30pm and an “in-person” Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen on Saturday 11th September at 10:30am, Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve – click here to book.

What to Read

If you want to know more about the life of a Fossil Fish Curator – you can dive into this blog from The Geological Curator’s Group written by Emma Bernard, the Curator of Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum London.

Teagan Reinhert and Karen L. Bacon have written an interesting piece on the importance and the aims behind Databasing Herbarium Specimens and Ease of Use – helping to make the data more accessible for researchers and others without having to physically travel to a herbarium.

Job Vacancies

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen is leading a new project to digitize Danish natural history collections and is looking for a fixed-term Project Leader to manage the Project Team. The position is available from 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter and will run for 5 years. Find out more about the post here, the deadline for this exciting opportunity is September 16th 2021.

The National Museum of Ireland is advertising a great opportunity for an Assistant Keeper Grade II (Geology) in the Natural History Division. The closing date is September 17th 2021 – you can find out more information about this position here.

Before You Go…

If you have any top tips and recommendations for our next Digest please drop an email to

Similarly, if you have something to say about a current topic, or perhaps you want to tell us what you’ve been working on, we welcome new blog articles so please drop Jen an email if you have anything you would like to submit.

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