Meeting Schedule at a Glance

Sunday - May 17, 2015

Attendees arrive-Hilton University of Florida-host hotel

  • Florida Museum of Natural History Special Event for International Museum Day, "Ask a Scientist", from 1:00-4:00 pm (free and open to all)

Monday -  May 18, 2015 -

  Registration- 7:00 am-5:30 pm, Hilton Conference Center

  Fieldtrips-morning-afternoon (see Field trip page for details and links to register)

  • Trip #1-Birding in the Ocala National Forest and Juniper Springs State Park:                                           Sorry Birding field trip has been CANCELLED.

  • Trip #2-Botany of North-Central Florida: REVISED View a wide variety of Florida habitats in the North-Central Florida at Morningside Nature Center and Alfred Ring Park with acclaimed University of Florida and FLMNH botanists.

  • Trip #3-Natural and Cultural Environments of Cedar Key by Kayak:  Explore the long cultural history and rich maritime habitats of Florida's gulf coast by kayak, led by experienced Florida naturalist and historian.

  • Trip #4-The Fossil History of North-Central Florida:  Explore Ichetucknee Springs, a 1st magnitude spring that showcases the unique geologic history of Florida, and Thomas Farm, the richest Early Miocene vertebrate fossil locality in North America, with FLMNH paleontologists.

  Evening - On your own (See Places to Visit for suggestions)

Tuesday - May 19, 2015 - Registration/Welcome/Plenary/Committee Meetings/Vendors/Icebreaker

  Morning -7:00am-12:00pm

  • Registration - 7:00am-5:30pm, Hilton Conference Center
  • Official welcome - 8:00-8:15am, Hilton Conference Center
  • Plenary Session - 8:00am-12:00pm, Hilton Conference Center

Collections for the 21st Century

Sponsored by the Natural Sciences Collections Alliance, iDigBio, and the NIBA RCN

Larry M. Page, Director, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida - In Defense of Specimen Collecting, Natural Hisotry Collections, and Bioethics.

Susan Middleton, Independent artist, photographer, author and educator, and Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences - Evidence of Evolution: Darwin's Cabinet of Curiosities

Erin Tripp, Curator of Botany, Museum of Natural History, and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado - Endless Forms, Most Useful

Austin Mast, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University - WeDigBio—Public Participation in Digitization of Natural History Collections Hits its Stride

Quentin Wheeler, President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York - Time to Grow a Pair: Institutional Leadership, Taxonomy and Natural History

Robert Gropp, Director, Public Policy Office, AIBS and NSC Alliance, Washington, DC - Building a Networked National Community for Collections

  Afternoon - Committee Meetings/Vendors set-up

  • Lunch ~ 12:00-1:30 pm (on your own) (See Places to Visit for suggestions)
  • SPNHC Committee Meetings (open to everyone) ~ 1:30-5:30 pm, Hilton Conference Center
  • Vendors (only) set-up at the Hilton ~ 2:00-5:00 pm, Hilton Conferecne Center-Century A Ballroom

  Evening - SPNHC 2015 Icebreaker - 6:00-8:30 pm, FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, at Powell Hall  the Exhibits and Education Building in the UF Cultural Plaza

  • 6:00-6:30 pm ~ First-time attendees and travel grants awardees are cordially invited to come a bit early to meet SPNHC Council members, Committee Chairs and the SPNHC 2015 Local Organizaing Committee
  • 6:30-8:30 pm ~ All other SPNHC 2015 attendees welcome

Wednesday - 5/20/2015 - Papers/Posters/Workshops/Vendors Begin

 Morning - 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Registration - 8:00am-5:30pm
  • General and Themed Session Papers, Posters, Workshops  

Symposium (full day):  Specimens Full Circle: Collection to Digitization to Data Use, Conveners: Dena Smith (University of Colorado), Vlad Blagoderov (Natural History Museum – London), Deborah Paul (iDigBio) (continues Thursday morning)

  • Vendor/Sponsor Exhibit Hall - Day 1 opens - 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Morning Break - 10:10-10:30am

 Afternoon - 12:00-1:30pm-lunch/1:30-5:30pm meetings continue

  • Emerging Professionals luncheon - 12:00-1:30 pm
  • General and Themed Session Papers, Posters, Workshops continue - 1:30-5:30pm
  • Vendor/Sponsor Exhibit Hall continues - 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Afternoon break - 3:10-3:30pm
  • Council meeting - 5:30-7:30pm

 Evening - 6:30-8:30pm - Vendor's Reception at the HARN MUSEUM OF ART

Thursday - 5/21/2015 - Papers/Posters/Workshops/Vendors Continue

 Morning - 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Registration - 8:00am-5:30pm
  • General and Themed Session Papers, Posters, Workshops - 8:30am-12:00pm

Symposium (full day):  The Contribution of Small Natural History Collections in the 21st Century, Conveners: Gil Nelson, Anna Monfils

  • Vendor/Sponsor Exhibit Hall - Day 2 opens - 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Morning Break - 10:10-10:30am

 Afternoon - 12:00-1:30pm-lunch/1:30-5:30pm meetings continue

  • General and Themed Session Papers, Posters, Workshops continue - 1:30-5:30pm
  • Vendor/Sponsor Exhibit Hall continues - 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Afternoon break - 3:10-3:30pm

 Evening  - 6:30pm - 11:00 - Banquet & SPNHC 30th Anniversary Celebration at the TOUCHDOWN TERRACE

Friday-5/22/2015 - Museum Tours/Annual Business Meeting/Vendors breakdown

  Morning - 8:00am-12:00pm - FLMNH Guided Behind the Scenes Collections and Exhibit Tours (shuttles provided)

  • Registration - 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Collections Tours at Dickinson Hall - 8:30-11:30am
  • Exhibit Tours at Powell Hall - 8:30-11:30am
  • McGuire Tours at Powell Hall - 8:30-11:30am 

    NOTE: Bus Schedule—First bus at 8:15am, then 9:15am, 10:00am, 10:45am, and 11:30am         

  Afternoon - 12:00-2:30pm-lunch/2:45-4:30pm meetings continue

  Evening - 5:30pm- ??? - Experience Downtown Gainesville Festivities- Transportation provided until midnight

  • Enjoy discounts at some of Gainesville's finest restaurants featuring international cuisines
  • Attend a play or avant-garde film at the Hippodrome Theatre
  • Dance at a variety of clubs
  • Natural History Trivia Quiz Night at First Magnitude Brewing Company--a local microbrewery

Shuttle bus will run between First Magnitude Brewing Company and other spots so that participants can enjoy  multiple locations.

Saturday - 5/23/2015 - Special Interest Groups

  Morning - 8:00am-12:30pm

  • Workshop-- SERNEC-TCN and Symbiota Software Group, Hilton Conference Center (included in conference registration- 8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Global Plant Initiative Steering Committee Meeting (8:30am-l 5:00pm)
  • Field Trip to St. Augustine- Florida's Colonial History                                                                                 Sorry St. Augustine field trip has been CANCELLED.


Please Note: While tours of the Florida Museum of Natural History Collections will be offered on Friday morning as listed above. Researchers wishing to visit a collection should schedule an appointment with the appropriate museum collection staff, thank you.


Stay tuned – this page will be updated as more information becomes available.