It’s not too early to start planning for our next meeting!

Hosted by the California Academy of Sciences, the next meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) will be held in San Francisco, California, US, from May 28 to June 2, 2023.

Though the future seems exceptionally uncertain these days, the conference theme “Taking the Long View” encourages all of us to envision the future for our field, our collections, and ourselves. What lessons can we take from the past to better shape our future? What are our goals as a society and as individual organizations?

We intend to provide a world-class hybrid conference in 2023 by working to maximize in-person safety, developing a comprehensive virtual program for members who cannot attend in-person, promoting the inclusivity of the conference, and expanding sponsorship to reduce cost for members that could be aided with financial support.

We invite you all to attend SPNHC 2023 in San Francisco!

Please check back in early 2023 for registration information.

We are now accepting proposals for Symposia and Workshops! Please visit the Symposia and Workshops page for more information. The deadline for submissions is September 26, 2022.



Quail specimen from the Academy ornithology collections

From workshops and field trips to collections tours and symposia, preview the exciting activities planned for SPNHC 2023.


Venue and accommodations

Calliostoma canaliculatum specimens from the Academy IZG collection

The conference will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square with a reserved block of rooms and special discounted rate for SPNHC attendees.



Quechua figurine from the Academy anthropology collections

SPNHC 2023 will be a hybrid conference with both in-person and virtual options. Please check back in early 2023 for more registration information.


Submit a proposal

Proposals for Symposia and Workshops are due by 26 September 2022!

Please review the Guidelines for Submission prior to initiating the proposal submission process.


More information coming soon!

Sponsorship and exhibitions

More information coming soon!