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Museum Techniques in the 21st Century

From 16 Jun 2021 until 18 Jun 2021 - ONLINE COURSE
Museum Techniques in the 21st Century

After two successful presential editions, where students prepared bird and mammal specimens, and enjoyed a strong interaction and brainstorming between students and instructors, this edition will be exclusively online in 2021. In this online edition registration costs will be minimized, and the number of students can be increased, to reach a wider public (maximum 30 participants).

To provide an updated overview of the potential of museum collections for biodiversity research. The instructors, from CIBIO-InBIO and the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP), will share their knowledge and experience on curating and using museum specimens, complemented by lectures of several invited researchers on their innovative use of museum’s resources for vertebrate’s research.

More specifically we aim to:

1) present an updated overview on the value of museums and the use of collections and specimens in the 21st century, using new technologies and analytical methods, following the principle of "the extended specimen”. These include, among others:

a) discuss state-of-the-art ‘whole specimen’ techniques including CT scanning and 3D modelling;

b) consider how museum specimens provide genetic and genomic resources and how to retrieve genomic data from historical specimens;

c) present other non-genetic molecular methods (e.g., stable isotopes, toxicology and quantification of coloration);

d) understand the potential of the spatial and temporal data gathered along with the specimen, especially when made available in global repositories, such as GBIF.

2) present the ways that ‘voucher specimens’ of vertebrates can be prepared to ensure that quality data is available for generations to come.

Day 01 | Wednesday, June 16, 2021
09.00 - 10.15 Value of museums in the 21st century and current methods for preparing specimens
10.30 - 12.45 Invited lectures on the principle of the "extended specimen” & "whole specimen” examples
14.15 - 15.30 Museum specimens as a genetic and genomic resource
15.45 - 17.30 Invited lectures on the retrieval of genetic data from historical specimens.

Day 02 | Thursday, June 17, 2021
09.00 - 10.15 Museum specimens as a resource for non-genetic molecular analysis
10.30 - 12.45 Invited lectures on the retrieval of other non-genetic molecular analysis data from historical specimens.
14.15 - 15.30 Museum specimen’s data as a resource for biodiversity analysis
15.45 - 17.30 Invited lectures on the use of museum data for biodiversity analysis

Day 03 | Friday, June 18, 2021
09.00 - 10.15 Interactive online session on the preparation of voucher specimens
10.30 - 12.45 Visit to a taxidermist office - preparation of mounted specimens for exhibition
14.15 - 14.45 Visit to MHNC-UP Collections

Course Instructors
Ricardo Jorge Lopes, CIBIO-InBIO & MHNC-UP (Portugal)
Paulo C Alves, University of Porto & CIBIO-InBIO (Portugal)
Francisco Álvares CIBIO-InBIO & MHNC-UP (Portugal)

Intended audience and Selection Criteria
The course will be open to a maximum number of 30 participants.

Priority will be given to:
1) 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
2) PhD students attending other courses;
3) Other post-graduate students;
4) Researchers.

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2021
Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students and other students | 50€ (other participants). 

When registering, please refer:
1) your academic status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the institution to which you are affiliated.
2) BIODIV students should also mention which year of their PhD they are in.
3) Please provide a short description of why this course is interesting for you and what you expect to gain by attending it.

To apply, please fill the form available HERE

Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students

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