Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

TDWG members are particularly encouraged to attend, as this acts also as the TDWG 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

Is this replacing the annual TDWG conference

Yes, Biodiversity_Next is organised as a milestone event between TDWG, GBIF, CETAF, DiSSCo, iDigBio, LifeWatch and Naturalis and is replacing the annual meeting of TDWG for the year 2019

When will registration open

Registration opened 28 March.  Because of the expected volume of registrations, we encourage you to secure your place as soon as possible, as discounts are limited by number, not time/date. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter (sign up at bottom of page) to stay updated.

When will the science programme be announced

The list of accepted symposia, workshops, and meetings is now available. Pre-conference workshops will take place on Sunday and Monday (20–21 October) before the start of the main conference (22–25 October).

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 pitch 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 the meeting. GBIF, CETAF, TDWG, and DiSSCo will also co-locate their main governance and administrative meetings.

How large will conference to be

We expect to have four days of full scientific programme, preceded by workshops and special interest group meetings. We will cap attendance to 600 people.  More details will be announced. Sign up to our newsletter to stay updated.

Is there a Code of Conduct

Yes. By attending or participating in any event during Biodiversity_Next, you agree voluntarily to abide by this Code of Conduct.

Is there compensation or a registration waiver for organisers or presenters attending Biodiversity_Next?


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