CETAF AND A CALL FOR HELP FROM THE MUSEU NACIONAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO
In the wake of the tragedy that occurred at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 2018, when a fire devastated large parts of the museum and collections, CETAF has received a passionate plea for help from the museum's department of vertebrates.
The museum – Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum – lost collections, either partly or in its entirety, laboratories and of course the work place of staff and students.
Therefore, the museum lists in their plea three very concrete measures that could help them recover from this catastrophe:
- The donation of literature, specifically on arachnology, carcinology, echinodermatology, and malacology to rebuild specialised libraries,
- the donation of second hand equipment for microscopy and histology as current resources after the fire are insufficient to keep projects running for a long time,
- and, last but certainly not least, the granting of short-term fellowships for graduate students and department staff at European taxonomic facilities as part of their ongoing projects. This is especially urgent for students who lost their thesis materials.
The letter can be found here in its entirety.
If you or your institution are able to help, please get in contact with the museum directly (contact information can be found in the letter linked to above) or with the CETAf General Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then set up the contacts to facilitate the necessary steps.
The thoughts of the Executive Committee and the entire CETAF community are with the Museum's staff and the people of Brazil at this tragic time.
CETAF institutions stand ready to help with recovery efforts, alongside other museums and members of the cultural and academic community!