OBIS-GBIF Joint Strategy & Action Plan

June 13, Online

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) will update the action plan annually through a joint implementation committee of staff from both networks’ nodes and the Secretariats. This committee will address technical and community components of the annual plans and make recommendations on the activities they outline.

During the meeting, partners will also explore the potential for organising combined conferences and meetings to foster closer collaboration and hosting symposia and training workshops.

OBIS and GBIF have a history of using common data-sharing tools and standards. They have recently collaborated to incorporate eDNA-based data and have published co-authored guidance on how to publish DNA-derived data on marine life.

To learn more and register for the workshop, please visit this page: https://lifewatch.be/en/news?p=show&id=9317.

14th European Conference on Ecological Restoration

26-30 August, Tartu, Estonia

SERE2024 is an international conference organised by the European Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, taking place in the last week of August 2024 in Tartu, Estonia. The event will bring together professionals working in ecological restoration to share knowledge and discuss the future of Europe’s nature. The conference will address the decline of biodiversity and the need to effectively restore degraded ecosystems, in line with the EU’s efforts to adopt the Nature Directive in 2024.

The conference will focus on developing approaches for long-term nature restoration. It will facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience between researchers, practitioners and policymakers across Europe. Sessions will cover topics such as the restoration of different ecosystems and the socio-economic and political contexts of ecological restoration. A particular focus will be discussions on developing national restoration plans under new EU legislation.

For more information, please visit this website: https://sere2024.org/

EGI Conference 2024

September 30 – October 4, Lecce, Italy

The annual EGI conference brings together international scientific communities, computing and service providers, European projects, security experts, community managers and policymakers to advance research and innovation in data-intensive processing and analytics. The event provides an open environment for in-depth discussions, new insights and networking opportunities. EGI is organising this event with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC). CMCC is an Italian research centre focusing on climate and climate-related research, including climate variability, its causes and consequences. This research uses numerical models ranging from the global Earth system to regional models in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

A detailed agenda will be published soon on the EGI’s website: https://www.egi.eu/event/egi2024/

Conservation and Management of Wetlands to Tackle Climate Change

Valencia, Spain, 14-16 February 2024

The “Conservation and Management of Wetlands to Tackle Climate Change” conference will focus on wetlands’ challenges and threats and their significant role in mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity. The event will also address governance and green job aspects. The conference is tailored to international organisations, civil society, restoration practitioners, managers, university students, and the private sector.

Wetlands in the Mediterranean are essential ecosystems that provide environmental and social benefits but are threatened by degradation, loss, and climate change. Conserving wetlands can regulate local climate, reduce greenhouse gases, and maintain their role in mitigating the greenhouse effect. Proper management is essential to their contribution to the ecosystem. The public’s awareness of wetlands has increased in recent decades, changing society’s perception of them.

The conference aims to provide a platform for individuals to share their work, exchange ideas, network and interact with academics, restoration project implementers, and policymakers worldwide. The conference will showcase new scientific and technical advancements and offer technical tools for the sustainable management of wetlands.

Please visit this page to register for the conference and submit your abstract.

FAIR-IMPACT Community Event

Online, 16 January 2024

The FAIR-IMPACT project is organising an online session open to the global community of researchers, innovators and stakeholders interested in the FAIRness of data and services. It will be a unique opportunity to learn about the activities and results of FAIR-IMPACT, hear about the experiences and challenges of the teams receiving personalised support through our open calls, and participate in stimulating discussions on specific issues related to the project’s core themes.

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with a network of experts and contribute to the future of FAIRness! To learn more about this event, please visit this page.

BioDT Hackathon: Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) – Second End-Users Workshop

BioDT hackathon

Oslo, Norway, 23-25 January 2024

Join the BioDT hackathon to learn how digital twinning can revolutionize global agriculture. Discover how crop wild relatives hold untapped genetic resources to achieve higher yields, better nutrition, and resilience to changing environments. Learn how to identify, manage, and conserve wild crop relatives in a three-day workshop, contribute to a comprehensive wild crop relative characterization toolbox, and be a part of sustainable agriculture.

During the first session, you’ll delve into developing a comprehensive toolbox that enables the predictive characterization of plant genetic resources. Through newly developed and pre-existing modelling techniques and data integration from diverse sources, we will explore how to identify and leverage the genetic potential of crop wild relatives.

The second session will focus on novel data products of digital twinning exercises to establish the overlap between pre-established protected areas and verified distributions of crop wild relatives needing conservation. This tool will identify and propose prioritised genetic reserves for conservation and genetic monitoring of designated CWR conservation populations.

For more information on the BioDT hackathon, please visit this page.

The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome

The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome

Online, 15 January 2024.

Microbiomes play a critical role in sustaining life on Earth. However, we still need to fully understand how they form and change over time and space. Obtaining new isolates is an essential step in this process. Concepts like “keystone taxa” and “core microbiota” can guide strategies for isolating, cultivating, and creating synthetic communities. These and other topics will be discussed in the workshop “The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome” hosted by the MICROBE consortium.

The MICROBE consortium is an international and interdisciplinary research team that works to preserve and isolate microorganisms. They aim to unite a diverse group of scientists to explore different interpretations of “keystone taxa” and “core microbiota” from ecological, taxonomic, and bioinformatics perspectives. They aim to establish cohesive definitions encompassing all aspects of this complex field, fostering a discussion that advances our understanding of microbiomes.

To subscribe, visit this page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microbe-workshop-the-concepts-of-keystone-taxa-and-core-microbiome-tickets-745125790297

EOSC Compliant PID Implementations – Practical Guidelines for Implementing Best Practices

Online, 21 November 2023.

The workshop aims to showcase tangible tools, policies, and advancements related to PIDs (Persistent Identifiers). The overview of PIDs within the EOSC framework will cover the PID policy, PID-related projects, and recent developments. During the workshop, the Compliance Assessment Toolkit (CAT) will be introduced, which aims to document, track, and query compliance with the EOSC PID policy and other criteria such as TRUST, FAIR principles, Reproducibility, GDPR, and Licenses.

The workshop will also demonstrate a series of research lifecycle workflows that show how PIDs can be integrated into these workflows. These workflows identify specific points where particular PIDs can enhance the FAIRness, credibility, and openness of research outputs. The workflows can also serve as guidance tools for creating more effective data management plans and drafting more explicit institutional policies.

An open forum will be held to discuss the current challenges hindering the adoption of PID solutions compliant with the EOSC PID policy, as well as potential solutions to address these issues. 

For more information and to register for this workshop, visit this page.

SC23 Conference

Denver and online, Colorado, 12-17 November 2023.

SC23 is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. The conference will occur in Denver, Colorado, from November 12-17. This conference is a platform for researchers, practitioners, and industry experts worldwide to share advances in HPC technologies and their applications.

The program for SC23 includes various technical presentations, papers, workshops, and more. This program focuses on sharing best practices in areas such as algorithms, applications, architectures, and networks. It also covers topics like clouds and distributed computing, data analytics, visualisation and storage, machine learning and HPC, performance, programming systems, system software, and the state of practice in large-scale deployment and integration.

For more information, please visit this page.

CODATA Vocabulary Symposium 2023

Acton and online, Australia, 14-15 November 2023.

This two-day hybrid event aims to bring together professionals from diverse domains, including research, government, and industry, to promote various approaches to utilising, developing, publishing, and sustaining vocabularies.

The Symposium will delve into global and Australian initiatives, showcasing the impact and value of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) vocabularies, emphasising their role in maximising the reusability of data within and across different domains.

This event is open for participation to anyone interested in vocabulary, including informatics professionals, researchers, data managers, infrastructure providers, vocabulary publishers, librarians, and policy developers across the research, government, and industry sectors. For more information, please visit this page.