Biodiversity_next - better Data, better Science, better Policies.


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Biodiversity_next - better Data, better Science, better Policies. Open Digital Science Week on Biological and Geological Diversity

Date: 21st Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019
Organiser: Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Event type: Conference
Host: The event will be hosted by Naturalis Biodiversity Center


It is a conference that brings together, for the first time at this scale, major international organisations, research scientists, and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research.

biodiversity_next aims at:

  • Promoting innovation in biodiversity & geodiversity information science and applications;
  • Sharing and enhancing community data standards and information management practices;
  • Improving domain reach to new audiences (incl. scientific, policy and industry);
  • Inspiring new generations to more enthusiastically embark on data-intensive science around bio- and geo-diversity;
  • Building community consensus on pivotal technical and sociocultural aspects of the community practices.
  • Please visit the event website to sign up for the newsletter to stay updated or - if you want to get involved - apply to become a member of the Programme Committee. This committee will be responsible for the overall conference programming, including: (i) overall selection of topics, (ii) plenary and breakout (parallel) sessions planning, (iii) selection of keynote speakers, and (iv) abstracts submission and review processes.

Registration for the conference will open in the last couple of months in 2018 with the first draft programme to follow shortly after in early 2019. 

To further engage our wider community and enable younger scientists and biodiversity data experts to contribute to the conference planning, the conference Steering Board invites applications for membership to the biodiversity_next Programme Committee. 
Deadline for applications is 31 July 2018. Applications are submitted through a quick form at   

Who Should Attend the Conference?

Early career and established scientists working in data-intensive disciplines of biological and geological diversity science, e-infrastructures operators, data managers and science policy makers. CETAF and TDWG members are particularly encouraged to attend, as this acts also as their annual meeting.

What Disciplines Are Covered?

All data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity disciplines, including (but not limited to): e-taxonomy, biodiversity and ecological informatics, biodiversity and geodiversity data standards, natural science collections information, citizen science etc

What Will the General Format of the Conference Be?

biodiversity_next will follow a plenary & breakout model. Plenary sessions will be action packed with TED-style talks, elevator pitches competitions and lively debates. Breakouts will focus on specific topics and will run in parallel throughout the day. Workshops and training courses will also run before and after the meeting. GBIF, CETAF and DiSSCo will also co-locate their main governance and administrative meetings.

Updates about the Conference

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Monday, October 21, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 18:00
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Pesthuislaan 7
2333 BA Leiden