Building a global infrastructure
for biodiversity data. Together.


20 – 21 October 2019
Pre- conference event
22 – 25 October 2019
Main Conference

Leiden – The Netherlands

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The conference has ended.

We feel honoured that over 700 participants from 76 countries took the time to share their knowledge, to connect, and to help find effective ways to jointly address the gaps and shortcomings in our overall scientific workflows and prioritize work that ensures we advance biodiversity science through a globally fair and trusted value system.

As Dimitris Koureas, Chair of the Steering Board said: ‘It is not often that we, as representatives of different scientific communities of practice, infrastructure operators and science-policy actors, can meet and discuss the intersection between science, data, infrastructure, and policy.’

We can’t possibly address all aspects of the conference, but we hope this short film and the photos capture the scale, impact, and efforts and give some sneak peeks of exciting next steps.

What is Biodiversity_Next

By commission of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Naturalis Biodiversity Center in collaboration with the Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility are hosting Biodiversity_Next. Biodiversity_Next is a joint conference by The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a new pan-European Research Infrastructure initiative (DiSSCo),  the national resource for digitized information about vouchered natural history collections (iDigBio), Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF), Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) and LifeWatch ERIC, the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research.

Biodiversity_Next 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.

Our Twitter Activity

It has been a huge privilege to chair @biodiv_next and work with such fantastic teams for the programme and the local organisation and communication. Thank you all https://t.co/C6Ca7Mw4hO

Many members of the @BioDivLibrary community, including myself, attended #BiodiversityNext. It was informative and a great chance to spend time with members of the biodiversity community that I don’t often see in person, like @rdmpage. He shares his thoughts on the conference. https://t.co/i3ZdKgYSHN

Commissioned by
Ministry of Education, culture and Sience
Hosted by
Naturalis Biodiverity_Next logo NL BIF logo
A joint conference by
Gbif logo Dissco logo IdigBio logo Cetaf logo TDWG logo Lifewatch

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