Module 4: Basic collections techniques

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( photo's from the training made by Kai Schütte)

LOCATION: Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin, Germany (http://www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de)

DURATION AND DATE: Three-days lunch-to-lunch meeting, 28-30 November 2012.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

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Travel instructions to MfN

TRAINERS: Birger Neuhaus (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin), Chris Collins (Natural History Museum, London), Christiane Quaisser (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin), Dirk Neumann (Zoologische Staatssammlung München), Garin Cael (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren), Peter Giere (Museum für Naturkunde, Berin), Sandrine Ulenberg (Naturalis, Leiden).

DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING:

The training "basic collections techniques" is an introductory module on care and management of zoological collections aimed at persons that have limited experience with collection work or those who wish to update their knowledge in this field. This three part training will consist of a course on conservation procedures (half day), on basic techniques in collection care (including aspects of dry and wet collections with their specific requirements, full day) and a course on data documentation and labeling (half day). This training will provide a brief insight into the most essential topics of basic collection care and management, including aspects of preservation and preventive conservation.

TOPICS COVERED:

Day one (Conservation procedures): basic issues in preventive conservation, climate control, integrated pest management, materials, testing, ageing, risk management and other aspects of standard conservation procedures.

Day two (Basic techniques in collection care): A. Dry collections: care of entomological collections, care of skins and bones, conservation issues in dry collections B. wet collections, properties of ethanol, denaturing agents, jars, lids, issue of ph in wet collections.

Day three (Data documentation and labelling): handling of field data, registration, data cleaning, database, labels in wet collections, labels in dry collections.

DETAILED PROGRAM:

 

November 28

12:00-12:45

Registration

12:45-13:00

Welcome

13:00-13:30

Introduction of the group

13:30-15:30

Conservation procedures

15:30-16:00

Coffee

16:00-18:00

Conservation procedures

18:00-18:30

Discussion

 

November 29

9:00-9:30

Arrival and coffee

9:30-11:00

Basic techniques in collection care – dry collections: entomological collections

11:00-11:30

Coffee

11:30-13:00

Basic techniques in collection care – dry collections: skins and bones

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Basic techniques in collection care – wet collections I

15:30-16:00

Coffee

16:00-17:30

Basic techniques in collection care – wet collections II

17:30-18:00

Tour of wet collections

19:00

Dinner

 

November 30

9:00-9:30

Arrival and coffee

9:30-11:00

Data documentation

11:00-11:30

Coffee

11:30-13:00

Labelling

14:00-15:00

Optional tour of collections

 

COSTS: There is no registration fee. Lunch will be provided on each day and dinner on the second day of the training. Transport and accommodation costs must be covered by the participants.

To register, please fill in the application form. There are only a limited number of places available and only 1 or 2 participants per country will be accepted (depending on the nationalities of the applicants). Preference will be given to applicants who are actively involved in collection management/care at their institute. Please write an extended motivation letter -it will play a crucial role in the selection procedure. The course will be given in English.

Registration  is closed

For more information, please contact: kim.jacobsen [at] africamuseum.be or larissa.smirnova [at] africamuseum.be