Oral & Poster Presentation Sessions


Oral Presentation Sessions

In addition to offering general sessions, we are organizing several oral presentation sessions around topics of broad interest that are related to our theme. Read more about these sessions below. Oral presentation sessions take place Wednesday (June 13) morning through Friday (June 15) morning. Abstract submission opens on January 31 and closes on April 13.


Session Title


Archives and Special Collections

Session featuring talks about archive collections and other ancillary and special collections housed within natural history museums. Possible subjects include best practices, digitization, management and novel uses.


Session highlighting collaborative data sharing projects and cross-collection data aggregation activities.

Collections Digitization and Mobilization

Session featuring talks concerning all aspects of specimen digitization and mobilization. Possible subjects include workflows, management of large-scale collaborative projects, funding, digital preservation, and best practices.

Cryo Collections

Session featuring talks about best practices for cryogenic collections. In addition to best practices, possible subjects can include issues involved in the management and operation of and unique challenges associated with the operation of cryogenic facilities.


DemoCamp provides a venue for creators to promote their technological solutions to advance the field of museum curation with broad applications for biology and biodiversity informatics. Read more about DemoCamp here.

Preventative Conservation

Session on preventive conservation. Co-organized with American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Technology in Outreach and Education

Session highlighting the role of technology in museum or collections-based education and outreach.

Three Dimensional Imaging

Session featuring talks about 3-D imaging techniques and uses for such images. Focus is on museum objects, but talks can be more general.

General Sessions

General sessions for technical talks. These sessions are for talks that do not fit neatly into one of the other sessions.


Oral presentations will be 15 to 20 minutes each, depending on the number of abstracts submitted and the time available. Please plan for your talk to be no longer than 15 minutes. Special presentations (i.e., Keynote, Plenary, and other featured talks) will range in length from 30 to 60 minutes.


Please bring your oral presentation in Microsoft Office Powerpoint or PDF format to the meeting on CD, DVD, or jump drive.  Participants will not be allowed to use their own computers for presentations with the exception of those attendees who are participating in DemoCamp. Please submit your talk to the person staffing the AV room the day before your talk between 12pm and 5pm. Special instructions for DemoCamp presentations are provided here.


Poster Presentation Sessions

We are offering two concurrent poster sessions. In addition to the General Poster session, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC - [http://www.conservators-converse.org/]) is sponsoring a special session entitled Storage Techniques for Arts, Science, and Humanities Collections (link). 



The space for posters is 4 feet by 4 feet, so plan for your poster to be no larger than this.  Click here for additional guidelines for posters submitted to the Storage Techniques for Arts, Science, and Humanities Collections poster session.