Museum of Natural History, signs MOU with Major Archival Organizations
The Natural History Museum(Director Prof. Yikweon Jang) signed MOU with various major archival organizations*. The agreement for the Information/Research Exchange of Biological Specimen was held at the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea last May 13th. The organizations include the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea, Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources, National Science Museum, National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), and Seodaemun Museum of Natural History.
This agreement was arranged for the active exchange of information regarding biological specimens of each institution, finally contributing to joint procurement and management of the specimens. Moreover, the Museums are expecting to promote research partnership thus providing various exhibitions and education for citizens.
In November last year, the Ewha Natural History Museum launched a "Board of Council for Directors of Biological Specimen Archival Organizations" in cooperation with the five organizations participating in the agreement. At the boards of council, the members had been continuously discussing the long-term preservation and utilization of Korean biological specimens. Under this agreement, each agency plans to exchange information on specimens with each other and focus on joint-securing and co-management. In addition, they are planning to carry out research projects and joint academic surveys to expand the long-term preservation and utilization of biological samples within this year.
Through the agreement, it is expected that these Museums will soon share their own technologies and knowledge regarding exhibitions and educational contents, finally contributing to the preservation and utilization of Korean Biological Specimens via joint research.
*Archival Organization means an institution able to preserve biological specimens for a long period of time.