Building a global infrastructure
for biodiversity data. Together.


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


Leiden – The Netherlands


Key dates

Announcement of Symposia & Workshops
Abstract submissions open
Conference registrations open
Abstract submissions close

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), and Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG).

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

Want to participate in the @biodiv_next conference? We offer #grants to Early Career Investigators and PhD students from certain countries. ➡️

PhD student or Early Career Investigator from #Bosnia_Herzegovina, #Bulgaria, #Croatia, #Hungary, #Luxembourg, #Montenegro, #Poland, #Portugal, #Slovakia, #North_Macedonia, #Serbia or #Turkey? @mobilise_action offers support #grants for #biodiversity_next

ML, biodiversity, collections folks: consider submitting an abstract for the symposium we’re organizing (SS86) at @biodiv_next : Machine learning: an emerging toolkit for biodiversity science using museum collections. Deadline extended to April 5th! @SIDataScience @paulbfrandsen

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

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