The premise

Natural sciences are currently facing a tremendous challenge that could also be seen as an unprecedented opportunity. Several decades of worldwide effort now bring us enormous amounts of much-needed biodiversity data. In the coming decade, we can carve the path of future possibilities or find that after another 10 years the same roadblocks in our way. With planet-scale issues like bio-, geo-diversity, one health and food security, among others, we must look to creative cross-discipline, borderless solutions. Arguably, data-intensive fronter scientific research in all the areas above is imperative to deliver solutions at the scale and urgency required.

Our collective scientific ability to draw on the growing data resources produced in an ever-increasing pace through new technologies such as high-throughput observation instruments, mass scale imaging of natural science collections and 3D imaging, neural networks and next-gen sequencing, will be instrumental in delivering robust dependable solutions for our grand challenges. How are traditional scientific disciplines, such as taxonomy and biogeography, adapt to the challenges presented with and how can benefit from the growing data availability and technological breakthroughs, in order to make the best use of those resources?

To guarantee future scientists the data skills, and intuitive tools they need, a worldwide approach require that scientists work not only collaboratively, but comprehensively and aligned.  Speed and quality criteria drive research to address faster and more innovative while reliable ways of moving ahead. Fundamental and applied research shall join visions to ensure success that greatly depends in one hand, on education and governmental support to provide the facilitating paths and mechanisms to ensure science is at the core of societal development whilst in the other hand, on the capacity of industry to uptake scientific outcomes and serve to science progress, collaboratively contribute to it and support tackling societal challenges on a fair, equitable and sustainable manner.

The goals

Plenary sessions, symposia and workshops in this track will provide the opportunity for the conference delegates to:

  1. Highlight opportunities regarding the effective interlinking of diverse data sources for cross-disciplinary research, Share innovative ideas and/or proofs of concepts;  
  2. Act as a platform for experience transfer between delegates on data-driven biodiversity- and geodiversity-oriented scientific projects and their impact on science and society;
  3. Demonstrate the current of future impact of scientific tools (incl. software, workflows and protocols) for data curation, analysis and publication;
  4. Share experiences around specific bottlenecks regarding the availability or quality of online data resources, online scientific services;
  5. Discuss the need for capacity enhancement in the areas of digital skills and competencies for bio- and geo-diversity researchers;
  6. Highlight strong scientific use cases that require collaboration between geodiversity and biodiversity scientists, data managers, informaticians, infrastructure operators and policy makers;
  7. Provide the opportunity for early career researchers to share their experiences and benefit from the rapid developments in the field of bio- and geo-diversity big-data-driven research.