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:; TEL: 352-273-192

Vendors Information

There are several opportunites for vendors to get involved in the 30th annual SPNHC meetings.  Please consider a workshop or DEMO camp for SPNCH 2015. Contact us at the above address for topics you would like to have considered and visit for session, workshop, or democamp abstract details.  For information on pricing see SPNHC_2015_SPONSORSHIP-VENDOR_CATEGORIES__Pricing_sheet.pdf and to register

Stay tuned – more information coming soon