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 and Naturalis and is replacing the annual meeting of TDWG for the year 2019

When will registration open

We expect to open registration for the conference in the last couple of months of 2018. Because of the expected volume of registrations, we encourage you to secure your place as soon as possible, once registration opens.

When will the science programme be announced

A first draft programme, including the parallel tracks themes and overall scheduling is expected in the first couple of months of 2019.

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 and after the meeting. GBIF, CETAF 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 and we will cap attendance to 600 people.  More details will be announced later in 2018.

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