Museum Techniques
in the 21st Century

Advanced Course

BIODIV Doctoral Programme

next dates

15-19 July 2024
(Vairão, Portugal)

14-18 July 2025
(Lisbon)

Already at its 6th edition, this is an intensive course on innovative uses of museum’s resources for vertebrate’s research. By the end of this course students will have an updated overview of the potential of museum collections for biodiversity research

training

The host instructors, from cE3c-FCUL, CIBIO-InBIO and the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP) and invited instructors from the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon (MUHNAC) and from Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV), will share their knowledge and experience on preparing, curating, and using museum specimens. This will be complemented by online lectures of several invited researchers.

In addition, students will practice how to prepare bird and mammal specimens, how tissues can be obtained and preserved for a variety of uses, and how to obtain coloration data and how to prepare 3D models and digital vouchers.

where

In the 2024 edition, lectures and practicals are held at CIBIO-InBIO, located at the Vairão Campus, just north of Porto city (how to get there). The Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP) is located right at the centre of Porto city.

The 2025 edition will be held at the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon (MUHNAC).

topics

beyond the specimen

present the "extend specimen" concept, and the potentially limitless use of Biological collections

genetics

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

molecular

present other non-genetic molecular methods, such as stable isotopes, toxicology and quantification of coloration

whole specimen

discuss state-of-the-art ‘whole specimen’ techniques including CT scanning, 3D models, 3d printing

data

understand the potential of the spatial and temporal data, available in global repositories, such as GBIF and the power of machine learning techniques to mobilize data from specimens

preparations

practice the ways that vouchers of vertebrates can be prepared to ensure that quality data is available for generations to come

time (GMT +1)
monday

 

tuesday

 

wednesday

 

thursday

 

friday

09:00 – 10:15

Value of museums in the 21st century

Museum specimens as a genetic and genomic resource

Museum specimens as a resource for non-genetic molecular analysis

Museum specimen’s data as a resource for biodiversity analysis

Visit to a taxidermist office – preparation of mounted specimens for exhibition

10.30 – 12.45

Invited lectures – “whole specimen” examples, including CT scanning and 3D models

Invited lectures – retrieval of genetic data from ancient specimens

Invited lectures – retrieval of non-genetic molecular analysis data

Invited lectures – curation of museum data for biodiversity analysis

Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (birds & mammals)

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

14.15 – 17:30

Practical session – Current methods for preparing specimens

Practical session – digital vouchers, photogrammetry and 3D printing

Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (birds)

Practical session – retrieving genetic material from museum specimens

Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (mammals)

Practical session – retrieving coloration data using reflectance spectrophotometry and UV photography

Visit to MHNCUP Collections – types of specimens and storage

Practical session – data validation for public repositories (e.g. GBIF) and data retrieval

Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (birds & mammals)

Invited Seminar & conclusions

Free

75% of student slots

MBGE + BIODIV Students

Free

.

CIBIO's TwinLabs

95€

.

Other post-graduate Students

200 €

( CIBIO-InBIO members 20% discount)

Researchers

Registration fees do not include accommodation or meals

organizers & instructors

  • Ricardo Jorge Lopes (FCUL, cE3C & MHNCUP, Portugal)
  • Paulo Célio Alves (CIBIO/UP & FCUP, Portugal)
  • Rita Rocha (CIBIO/UP & MHNCUP, Portugal)
  • Ana Leitão (CIBIO/UP & FCUP, Portugal)
  • Diana Lobo (CIBIO/UP & FCUP, Portugal)

invited instructors

  • Pedro Andrade National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon (MUHNAC) Preparator.
  • Mary Margaret Ferraro Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV). Bird Collections Manager.
MHNCUP