Biological Collections: Their Past, Present, and Future Contributions and Options for Sustaining Them


Webinar 1

On February 15, 2019, from 9:00-10:00am U.S. EDT, a public webinar featuring Rachel A. Ankeny, Professor, School of Humanities, The University of Adelaide, Australia and Sabina Leonelli, Professor, Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, was given on the philosophical perspective of biological collections.

Webinar 2

On May 16, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm U.S. EDT, a public webinar featuring Nelson Rios, Head of Biodiversity Informatics & Data Science, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University was held via webcast. Mr. Rios shared about the potential for blockchain, data integration and attribution uses in natural history collections and fielded questions from committee members.

Webinar 3

On May 24, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm U.S. EDT, a public webinar featuring Professor Andrew Young, Director of National Research Collections Australia, CSIRO Digital National Facilities and Collections was held via webcast. Prof. Young shared how valuable biological collections have been to CSIRO’s research in Australia. 

Webinar 4

On July 3, 2019 from 2:00-3:30pm U.S. EDT, a public webinar featuring Todd Kuiken, North Carolina State University, Margo Bagley, Emory University School of Law, and Christina Agapakis, Gingko Bioworks was held for the committee. The presenters touched on the cultural and/or legal perspectives related to opportunities and challenges of expanding access to collections. 

Todd Kuiken – “Broad perspectives on the access and benefit sharing and propertization of genetic resources”
Margo Bagley – “The Nagoya Protocol and Digital Sequence Information (DSI) on Genetic Resources:  Emerging Issues”
Christina Agapakis – “Exploring Extinct Biodiversity: Using Synthetic Biology to Revive a Lost Scent”

Webinar 5

On July 9, 2019 from 9:00-9:45am U.S. EDT, a public webinar featuring Keith CraneTom Olszewski, and Lauren Bartels of the Science and Technology Policy Institute presented their new briefing titled “The Costs and Value of Federal Scientific Collections” to the committee.