Collections Committee is chaired by the Collections Secretary and meets three times a year. Members of the Committee are drawn from a wide range of relevant fields and contribute their expertise in the fields of librarianship, archives, herbaria and historical bibliography. The Society’s three Honorary Curators, for Insects, Plants, and Fish, Shells & General Zoology, report on their respective collections, as do the Librarian and the Conservator.
Editorial Committee, chaired by the Editorial Secretary, meets twice a year. This Committee is made up of the editors of the Society’s three peer-reviewed journals, plus the production editor for The Linnean, together with representatives from the Oxford University Press team; who are responsible for publishing, distributing and marketing the Society’s journals.
Finance Committee comprises the Treasurer, acting as Chairman, the Officers, and a number of individuals with a relevant background to advise on financial and investment matters. This Committee meets twice a year — in March to consider and approve the Annual Accounts for the previous year and review any revisions of the current year’s budget; and in the autumn to review the Society’s Income and Expenditure account against budget, as well as the performance of the Investment portfolio. Brewin-Dolphin provides professional investment advice to the Committee.
Programmes Committee plans the programme of events for the Society, and is chaired by one of the Scientific Secretaries, meeting three times a year. Proposals for meetings usually come through members of the Committee, Council and the wider Fellowship. The Committee seeks to achieve a balance of subject areas, reflecting the Society’s stated purpose of “the cultivation of the science of natural history in all its branches”.
Taxonomy & Systematics Committee
The Taxonomy & Systematics Committee brings together representatives from a number of organisations with an interest in taxonomy and systematics. This Committee meets twice a year. as well as convening an annual Plenary Session, which brings together representatives from statutory agencies; national, regional and local museums; botanic gardens; and local natural history societies.
The Committee’s discussions encompass 4 key areas:
- Education, training, careers and resources.
- Natural history collections and documentation.
- Vulnerable taxonomic groups and ecosystems.
- Environmental legislation on biodiversity, public health and international trade legislation.