SICU2 - An International Workshop on Historic Scientific Instrument Collections in the University

21 - 24 June 2007
Oxford, Mississippi

The first international conference on Scientific Instrument Collections in Universities (SICU) was held at Dartmouth College in 2004. The SICU1 conference began addressing the unique challenges faced by those who deal with university collections, while also striving to increase awareness among those who may not recognize the importance of their collections.

The purpose of the SICU2 workshop is to continue solidifying the foundation for finding, describing, organizing, preserving, and utilizing the vast resource of historic scientific instrument collections that reside in academic institutions. These instruments are a vital part of our cultural and scientific heritage.

SICU2 will draw from a wide community of scientists, historians, curators, archivists, educators, and collectors to achieve the following:
  1. increased access to more collections by encouraing scientists and educators to become more involved in efforts to expand scholarly research using historical instruments.
  2. improved security and preservation of more collections by expanding efforts to build a practical resource for stewardship of historical instruments.
  3. increased use and appreciation of more collections by developing and sharing creative ways of exhibiting, reproducing, studying, and recognizing significance of historical instruments.
  4. improved resources for utilizing collections across a braod range of disciplines and purposes.

SICU2 - An International Workshop on Historic Scientific Instrument Collections in the University