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Competition | NSCF Virtual Forum 2022

‘’Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you’’ _ Katie Reed

Water is life, and one way of taking care of ourselves is to keep hydrated. You don’t want to be dehydrated because it can cause you not to think clearly, have mood changes, cause your body to overheat and lead to more serious health issues. (CDC)

Keeping the above in mind, we have a competition for you, with great prizes to win!


Category 1, 2 and 3:

  1. Take your NSCF water bottle with, when you exercise, work and socialize with friends and family (NSCF branded water bottles have been couriered to your institution and you will be receiving these soon!).
  2. Take a photo (or ask someone else to take it for you) while you drink your water using the NSCF water bottle – make sure that the photo features you, the NSCF water bottle with the branding visible, and the activity you are doing (exercising, working or socializing).
  3. Post your photo on any of your personal social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok.
  4. Tag the NSCF page when you post.
  5. Use the following hashtags: For exercising (#NSCFVirtualForum2022, #Water_Exercise, #DrinkWater); for working (#NSCFVirtualForum2022, #Water_Work, #DrinkWater); and for socializing (#NSCFVirtualForum2022, #Water_Social, #DrinkWater).
  6. One person may enter for multiple categories, provided they do separate posts for each category, but will only be eligible for a prize in one category.
  7. Be creative and have fun!

Here are the NSCF handles to tag, for each social media platform:
Facebook: @NSCFSA
Twitter: @NSCF_SA
Instagram: @nscf_sa
LinkedIn: Natural Science Collections Facility (NSCF)
Tiktok: @nscf_sa

For those who are not on social media, we have a category for you!

We have added the fourth category, where you will need to submit the most creative photo. This is a voting category, which means the winner will be the one with the highest number of votes.

Category 4: The Most Creative Photo

The photo with the most votes wins!


The post with the highest number of likes and shares wins!

One winner per category!

Competition starts next week Tuesday, 18 October 2022 and closes on Wednesday, 26 October 2022, 16h00.

Winners will be announced on day 4 of the Forum, 28 October 2022.

Keep an eye on the Forum webpage for Forum-related updates:

Main Forum Link

Parallel Session Links (Day 2, 11h15)

The Future of Collections and Data Management: 

Meeting ID: 836 6181 0568
Passcode: 923764

Showcasing your Science: 

Meeting ID: 829 5747 9633
Passcode: 841678

Cultivating Young Leaders: 

Meeting ID: 938 8505 9644
Passcode: 964334

Recent Notices

Call for Presentations: Parallel Sessions | NSCF Virtual Forum 2022

You are invited to come and share your work, learnings, thoughts, ideas and exciting discoveries with the community. Day 2 of the Forum will consist of  3 parallel sessions in which you can contribute.

We would like you to make presentations in parallel sessions 1 and 2:

1. The future of collections and data management

  • What should we aim for?
  • What lessons did you gain from attending international conferences?
  •  What are the best practice case studies/stories that you can share?
  • What innovative practices are there?
  • What does quality data look like and how do we get there?

2. Showcasing your science
We invite all staff, including young career scientists, interns and contract staff to showcase their work.

  • What research project are you busy with or have already worked on that you feel will benefit the community?
  • What inspired the development of the project?
  • What significance does it hold in the natural science collections and in science?
  • Why is the research important? What are the possible real world applications?
  • What impact does it have on society (the ordinary citizen of this country)?
  • How can the NSCF Community help?
  • What comes next?

3. Cultivating Young Leaders Discussion
Let us know what issues you would like to be covered in the discussion (including opportunities, challenges and constraints).


  • Your presentations should be 5-10 minutes long (this may slightly change, depending on the number of presentations submitted)
  • Use more graphics and less text
  • Use plain language, not jargon
  • Tell a story, not the methodology
  • Final presentations need to be submitted to Fulu at by Friday, 21 October 2022, 12h00.

Indicate your intent to present by Tuesday, 11 October 2022, 12h00.

Call for Creative Talent | NSCF Virtual Forum 2022

Do you have a talent that you would like to share with the NSCF Community?

Though we are in a scientific field, some of us may possess artistic skills and gifts that we excel in and enjoy practicing. We would like to use the Forum as a platform to celebrate the talents in the community. These talents may be, but not limited to:

  • Singing
  • Playing an instrument
  • Poetry
  • Performing a monologue
  • Telling a story
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpting
  • Dancing
  • Acting

We would appreciate it if your offering is linked to natural science collections, biodiversity or nature.

Closing Date: Monday, 10 October 2022, 12h00.

Why Attend The Forum?

Simon Sinek, in his TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” said, “When using this “golden circle,” individuals and organizations should start from the inner circle of “why” and work their way out, letting it inspire the “how” and “what.””.

With Simon’s ideology in mind, here are a few good reasons to come and enjoy the NSCF Virtual Forum 2022 with us:

  • Be part of the co-creation and design of the collections assessment: process, tool and protocols.
  • Get updates on the latest news in the NSCF Community and collections at large.
  • Connect with colleagues – It’s been over a year since we had the opportunity to all be in the same ‘’room’’, connection is key to a community.
  • Learn and grow as a community and in smaller teams – share ideas, frustrations, challenges, and wins.
  • Be part of the experience and build each other up.
  • Share your work and the progress your institution has made over the past year.
  • Join in on enlivened discussions surrounding personal well-being, team cohesion, building resilience in difficult times, cultivating young leaders and much more.
  • Competitions and Prizes!

It’s definitely not all work and no play 🙂 Come prepared to have a good time!

Institutional Videos | NSCF Virtual Forum 2022

Putting collections aside, the NSCF is about the people. All individuals that do their bit in preserving collections: interns, research assistants, preparators, technicians, administrators, educators, communicators, collections assistants, collections managers, curators, researchers, managers, directors, etc. All the voices and the faces matter!

Reflecting back on the wonderful institutional videos that you created for the 2021 Forum, and recalling the value that your voices and stories brought to that gathering, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to hear from you again.

This year’s main theme for the forum will be our collective thinking and joint design for the upcoming collections assessments. Underpinning the assessments are the Collections Management and Conservation Manual and associated course. With that in mind, we would appreciate if ALL NSCF partner institutions create and submit videos that will cover the following:

1. Introduce your institution: brief introduction, not more than 30 seconds

  • Name of institution
  • Location
  • What collections you hold
  • Mention any iconic/interesting specimen you have (our institution is known for…)

2. Manual implementation & Collections Management Course: 

  • What have been the highlights in implementing the manual? (Your progress and challenges faced.)
  • If you have been attending the Collections Management Course webinars and tutorials, how has this impacted on manual implementation?

    Guideline: You may interview a variety of people, e.g. a collections manager/technician or intern, show us footage of standards/procedures implemented, be creative)

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 12h00 midday.


  • Teamwork: include all staff in making the video, and include as many voices and faces in the video as possible – a collection manager, a technician, a student/intern, a preparator, etc.
  • Video length: 4 minutes per institution…don’t go over time.
  • If you don’t have a camera, use a smartphone.
  • When using a smartphone, make sure that it’s on landscape mode.
  • Suggested free editing software: Windows Movie Maker, Windows Video Editor, DaVinci ResolveHitfilmOpenShotVSDCShotcutApple iMovie
  • Film in a well-lit area
  • Keep your phone/camera steady by placing it on a tripod/stand. If you don’t have one, you may find one of the props here doable:
  • Be creative and tell your story: Make use of interviews, visuals, music (be careful of copyrights – use royalty-free music), various footages, voice-over, graphics etc. Who knows, you might discover talent in your team…have fun!
  • We are here to help! Contact Fulu or Shanelle, we will gladly assist where we can.

Save the Date | NSCF Virtual Forum 2022

Hey! Have you been wondering about the Forum? Is it happening, is it not? When? Where?

Well, wonder no more!

Yes, the Forum is happening, and again, it will be virtual. So, no need to pack your bags and leave your beautiful home for a week. You just need to sit infront of your computer or phone, and connect with colleagues from all over Mzansi.

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