NatSCA Digital Digest – October

Compiled by Lily Nadine Wilkes, NatSCA Volunteer.

Welcome to the October edition of NatSCA Digital Digest.

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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 blog@natsca.org.

Note from editor: Unfortunately this is the last of Lily’s posts as she had stepped down from her role as part of the Digest team. A huge thanks for all your contributions! If anyone is interested in taking up her position, drop me a line.

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What to Do

There are lots of fun Natural Science activities happening in October half term, like the Marine Day at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The National Museum of Scotland has lots of activities to do in October Half Term. This event at National Museums NI Ulster Folk Museum on the Naturalists Notebook looks fascinating.

The fabulous special exhibition Meat The Future at Oxford University Museum of Natural History looks at how our meat consumption effects the planet.

The Art and Science – Communicating the Climate Emergency is an online event with National Museums Scotland on 4th November. It will look at how the research into the climate and biodiversity crisis can be shared with the public and how we can use art to help with that.

The Museums Association conference will be held on the 8-10th November and will be a hybrid event which you can attend live or online. The theme this year will be ‘Brave New World – How can museums change lives in a post-pandemic world and help society respond to the many challenges it faces?‘ For more details and to see the full programme, go to their website.

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What to Read

The blog from the Geological Curators Group tells a nice story of solving the mystery of a fossil sponge by Getting Dirt on the Brick.

The blog from Paolo Viscardi on Persevering Through the Pandemic was a great read describing the challenges faced by the Dead Zoo in Dublin.

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Job Vacancies

The University of Cambridge is seeking a Research Coordinator for Collections-Based Research. Closing on 24th October 2021.

The African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT) are looking for an experienced full-time Researcher & Curator (Dragonflies) but get in quick, the deadline is today!

A number of roles are available as part of the Natural Resources Wales project ‘Natur Am Byth!’ a partnership project with NRW and nine environmental charities supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Find out more here.

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Before You Go…

If you have any top tips and recommendations for our next Digest please drop an email to blog@natsca.org.

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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