One Smithsonian

Addressing complicated issues and global problems such as zoonotic diseases, climate change, and the rapid loss of natural resources resulting from human activities and population pressures requires work that spans disciplines and organizational boundaries. The Smithsonian’s potential to tackle complex challenges, as well as to innovate in design, technology, and other pursuits, is greatest when our museums, galleries, Zoo, research centers, education centers, and mission-support offices work together as One Smithsonian.

This section of the Dashboard highlights forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, and cross-Smithsonian activities that tackle pressing issues and chart new paths that the Smithsonian is particularly well suited to address due to its unique combination of science, history, art, and culture experts and global partnerships. Learn more at Smithsonian Global, Smithsonian Insider, and Join the conversation at Second Opinion.

Earth Optimism Summit poster

Earth Optimism

Turning the tables from problems to solutions, the first Earth Optimism Summit (April 21-23, 2017) addressed what is working in global conservation from the perspectives of scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders, and international media. Visit the Earth Optimism Summit website for more information.

Location of new cultural & higher education quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London Partnership

An unprecedented collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian Institution will tackle the defining issues of our time through pioneering exhibitions and research, uniting the arts, sciences, and humanities. “V&A East” will be part of a new cultural and higher education quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Visit the Smithsonian Newsdesk for more details.

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Preventing Ivory Trafficking

Spanning the worlds of conservation biology, art, and forensic science, Janine L. Brown, a biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, collaborated with Thai scientists on a new front-line method using X-ray fluorescence to help authorities rapidly identify counterfeit ivory goods. Read the full story in Smithsonian Insider.