WHAT:   The 30th SPNHC Annual Meeting and Gala

WHERE:  Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida

WHEN:   May 17, 2015 to May 23, 2015

HOST:   The Florida Museum of Natural History and Partners

THEME:  Making Natural History Collections Accessible through New and Innovative Approaches and Partnerships

The Conference.  Traditional symposia, themed sessions, demo camps, workshops, and a plenary session are being planned around a theme that links the collections at the heart of cultural institutions to the demands and uses these collections are addressing in the 21st century.  The annual tradeshow will bring together a host of vendors whose products and technologies help us meet the unique demands of 21st century collections care, access, and use.  A variety of fieldtrips highlighting Florida’s unique natural and cultural history will be offered.  Exciting social events will culminate in a gala celebration of SPHNC’s 30th anniversary!

Why Participate?  The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections [SPNHC] is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society.  SPNHC takes a leading role in promoting collections care issues to the academic community, governments, and the general public.  Members are dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of collections professionals.  Collections professionals come from all over the world to attend SPNHC’s annual meetings.  SPNHC conferences encourage informal and formal interaction between vendors and meeting participants in various ways— a formal exhibit hall, morning and afternoon coffee breaks held in the exhibit hall, vendor organization of and/or participation in product “Demo Camps,” and an evening vendor reception where vendors and conference attendees can mingle in a relaxed setting.

Why Come to Gainesville, FL?  Florida is a crossroads between Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Major international airports within 1 ½ hr drive of Gainesville (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville) serve as hubs between these regions.  We are actively soliciting attendance by our Latin American colleagues.  This will give vendors a chance to introduce their products and services to a new audience of potential customers.

Vendor Schedule.  Tuesday, 5/19, set up; Wednesday, 5/20 exhibit hall open(includes two refreshment breaks in exhibit hall), and vendor’s evening reception; Thursday, 5/21, exhibit hall open (includes two refreshment breaks in exhibit hall); Friday, 5/22, take down.

Contact.  Elise V. LeCompte, SPNHC 2015 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair, Florida Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 117800, 1659 Museum Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, Email: spnhc2015@flmnh.ufl.edu; TEL: 352-273-1925.



There are several partnership categories-- please see http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/docs/spnhc/sponsor4.pdf for details and http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/spnhc/Register to register.  We wish to thank all of the SPNHC 2015 sponsors for their support (noted below and on our home page)--THANK YOU!


Diamond Partners

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iDigBio logo
Delta Designs Ltd - SPNHC 2015 diamond partner sponsor


Gold Partner

Axiell ALM logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor


Silver Partners

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Pixel Acuity logo - SPNHC 2015 sponsor
Information in Images logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor


Bronze Partners

Macroscopic Solutions logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor
O.Berk logo - SPNHC 2015 bronze partner
Viking Cabinets logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor
Patterson Pope logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor
Digitarium logo - SPNHC 2015 sponsor
University Products logo - SPNHC 2015 sponsor


In-Kind Partners

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Visit Gainesville logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor
First Magnitude Brewing text - SPNHC2015 sponsor
Beta Analytic Inc logo - SPNHC2015 sponsor
Fire & Bone - SPNHC 2015 sponsor