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 four Honorary Curators, for Artefacts, 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.