Building a global infrastructure
for biodiversity data. Together.


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


Leiden – The Netherlands


Key dates

Conference registrations open
Abstract submissions is closed
Presenter Registration Deadline
Final submission of approved abstracts
Deadline Call for Application: Conference participation grant
Publication Preliminary Programme

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

How do we stop biodiversity loss? What new science & techniques do we need? What new policies? We want to build a global infrastructure for biodiversity data. Together. Join us at Biodiversity_Next this October. Register 👉🏼 #biodiversitynext

1000+ #authors of @biodiv_next #abstracts. I could not feel more honoured to be chairing this conference. It heralds a turning point in our joint endeavours under @AllianceforBio - A personal thank you @GBIF @iDigBio @eurotaxonomy @tdwg @LifeWatchERIC @DiSSCoEU @museumnaturalis

Curious about the wonderful programme our Programme Committee has put together? You're in luck! 🥳We've added the PROVISIONAL programme to our website! Go see at For this special occasion we show you a datafied leaf #biodiversitynext

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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