Society of Herbarium Curators
What we do
The Society of Herbarium Curators (SHC) is an international organization launched in 2005. The mission is to promote and expand the role of…Learn more
The world’s biodiversity is currently at great risk, and those few centers of research excellence in systematics that are also associated with…Learn more
Digitization of herbarium material involves the process of capturing data and images and storing them in digital form. Over the past 5 years …
The goal of the U.S. Virtual Herbarium Project is to digitize all specimens in all US herbaria and make the resulting information freely available.
How you can join
The society has more than 400 members worldwide in more than 30 countries. If you are interested in joining SHC or renewing your membership, please complete the Membership Application and mail, or email it to our Treasurer. We would also like to encourage you to also Donate to our General Fund, which supports our student research awards, speakers and programs for the annual meeting.Learn more
July 19 – 23; Virtual Botany 2021. The all-members business meeting is TBA.
– a Joint International Conference between several botanical societies!
Future SHC Meeting
2021 “Not Your Average Specimen”
July 24-27 Botany 2022, Anchorage, Alaska
Past SHC Meetings
July 27 – July 31, 2019; Tucson, Arizona
July 21 – July 25, 2018; Rochester, Minnesota
June 24 – June 28, 2017; Ft. Worth, Texas
July 30-Aug. 3, 2016; Savannah, Georgia, Half-day Symposium
July 25-29, 2015; Edmonton, Canada
July 26-30, 2014; The Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho
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The President-Elect will ultimately serve for 5 years (1 year as President-Elect then 2 years as President then 2 years as Past President)
For 2021, we plan to highlight noteworthy specimens in our collections that help to engage stakeholders (administrators, school groups, etc.) towards broader understanding of the importance of herbaria. This could include talks on the challenges and opportunities surrounding unusual types of collections (e.g., economic botany, wood, slides, fruits).
A series of short, lightening-style talks (5 mins) in addition to a few longer (15min) as more traditional presentation. If you would like to give either a lightening (5 min) or presentation, please submit your idea online.