Destination Earth (DestinE) User eXchange

Bonn, Germany, 13-14 November 2023.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) have jointly organised an event to encourage meaningful interactions with DestinE stakeholders. DestinE is a global initiative that aims to create a precise digital model of Earth to examine the interplay between natural phenomena and human activities. The initiative stresses the importance of extensive stakeholder involvement for its success. It aligns with the European Commission’s Green Deal and Digital Strategy, contributing significantly to the twin transition goals of green and digital.

The conference will discuss the BioDT project, which is pivotal in the event’s discussions. One of the key themes explored at the conference is Digital Twin co-development and its applications in renewable energy, hydrology, air quality, and related impact studies.

The conference will also highlight the essential aspect of integrating with other Digital Twins, acknowledging the diverse services landscape facilitating interaction with the Destination Earth system and its components.

For more information about the event, please visit this page.

Mastering Data Citation: Insights from GBIF

Online, 6 November 2023.

This is a series of webinars. If you want to learn more, you can check out the second webinar here.

Acknowledging and citing data is a crucial practice that enhances transparency, credibility, and collaboration in biodiversity research. It recognises the hard work of data collectors and curators while facilitating the sharing and integration of essential biodiversity datasets. In partnership with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), this BioDT webinar is scheduled for November 6 to highlight the vital aspects of recognising and crediting such datasets.

The webinar will offer best practices for standardised citation of datasets, ensuring proper acknowledgement of creators and sources. This webinar is a valuable resource for researchers, data scientists, conservationists, students, and anyone interested in biodiversity research and data management. It promises to make data more accessible and reusable, providing insights and resources that can benefit seasoned experts and field newcomers.

Visit this page to register.


  • 15:00 – 15:10 – A general introduction of the BioDT project – Hanna Koivula (CSC)
  • 15:10 – 15:35 – Data citation: the GBIF way – Daniel Noesgaard (GBIF)
  • 15:35 – 16:00 – Q&A

Mastering Data Citation: Insights from the BioDT Research Infrastructures

Online, 20 November 2023.

This is a series of webinars. If you want to learn more, you can check out the first webinar here.

Recognising the crucial role of data citation in promoting transparency, credibility, and collaboration within biodiversity research, we acknowledge the dedicated efforts of data collectors and curators. This acknowledgement helps their work and facilitates the seamless sharing and integration of invaluable biodiversity datasets.

Our upcoming webinar will highlight the essential aspects of recognising and attributing biodiversity research datasets. The goal is to provide best practices for standardised dataset citation, ensuring proper recognition of creators and sources. The webinar aims to enhance data discoverability and reusability while giving due credit to those managing the data.

This event is a collaboration with four leading Research Infrastructures: GBIF, LifeWatch, DISSCO, and eLTER. We invite you to join us on November 20 as experts from these biodiversity research infrastructures guide attendees through essential techniques for effectively citing biodiversity data.

To register, please visit this page.


  • 15:00 – 15:05 – main remarks from the GBIF data citation webinar
  • 15:05 – 15:20 – DISSCO data citation
  • 15:20 – 15:35 – eLter data citation 
  • 15:35 – 15:50 – LifeWatch data citation 
  • 15:50 – 16:30 – Q&A and final remarks

BES Annual Meeting 2023

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12-15 December 2023.

The British Ecological Society is the oldest ecological society in the world. Its Annual Meeting is Europe’s biggest conference solely dedicated to ecology. In 2022, more than 1,500 delegates from over 50 countries across six continents attended the meeting in person or online.

LifeWatch ERIC will present nine posters at the conference in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council, the University of Salento, and LifeWatch Italy. Additionally, we will exhibit our e-services at a stand.

Learn more about this event by visiting the BES website.

OntoPortal Alliance Workshop 2023

We are pleased to announce the 2nd OntoPortal Alliance Workshop in Lecce, Italy from September 27-29, 2023.

The 2023 workshop will feature 2 public (open to all interested parties) online events:

  • A virtual public session, September 27th, 16h-18h CEST will address the Ontology Development Lifecycle. This session will show examples that integrate ontology development with the OntoPortal platform, and follow with a user panel discussion—including community members using OntoPortal—and audience Q&A on the challenges and opportunities in the lifecycle and OntoPortal. Please register for this session here.
  • The FAIR-IMPACT Semantic Artefact governance workshop, September 28th, 16h30-18h30, a public workshop organized by the EOSC project FAIR-IMPACT’s T4.1 on governance and semantics. Please register for this session here.

The OntoPortal Alliance collaborators share their software and strategies for supporting research communities, and together determine the open source OntoPortal system that others can use for their own purposes. The rest of the event is restricted to the Alliance members or by invitation only

Wednesday 27


  • Short intros
  • Year in review
  • Update short presentations
  • Newcomers


  • Demonstration and new features (Bio/Agro/Eco)
  • Ontology development lifecycle
  • Tutorial
  • User panel and Q&A session

Thursday 28


  • Multilingual OntoPortal
  • Federated services 


  • Ontology versioning, diffs and historical views
  • Mappings repository and SSOM compliance
  • Documentation and training
  • Semantic artefact governance workshop

Friday 29


  • OntoPortal code management
  • Political session and governance
  • Governance of the content


  • Project proposals and funding
  • Plenary debrief and next steps

Detailed Programme

RESTORE4Cs 2nd General Assembly

RESTORE4Cs 2nd GA in Klaipeda

Klaipėda, Lithuania, 4–6 July 2023.

The 2nd General Assembly of the Horizon Europe project RESTORE4Cs will be held in Klaipėda, Lithuania, on 4-6 July 2023, and hosted by Klaipėda University – Marine Research Institute.

During the 3-day meeting, the 15 partners from 9 European countries will reunite, in person and online, to discuss the different work packages progress, exchange ideas, and consider future project activities. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Baltic Case pilot site of RESTORE4Cs, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Curonian Lagoon and Spit.

BioDT Annual Meeting 2023

Hybrid event, 13–14 June 2023.

The Annual Meeting of the Horizon Europe project BioDT was held in Leiden on 13-14 June 2023 and was hosted by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. The aim of the Annual Meeting was to gather together as a consortium to facilitate cross-WP collaboration and to discuss upcoming project activities.

The meeting served as a significant event for researchers and experts involved in the BioDT project. It provided a platform for participants to come together and foster collaboration across different work packages (WP). With the event being held in a hybrid format, participants had the flexibility to attend either in person or remotely. The gathering aimed to facilitate cross-WP collaboration, allowing researchers from different domains to exchange knowledge, share insights, and forge partnerships that contributed to the project’s overarching goals.

The meeting served as a platform to review the progress made so far, address any challenges or obstacles encountered, and collectively strategise for the future. Through these discussions, the consortium members aligned their efforts, leveraged each other’s expertise, and ensured the smooth and effective advancement of the BioDT project.

Overall, the BioDT Annual Meeting held in Leiden was an important milestone in the project’s timeline. It brought together researchers, experts, and stakeholders invested in biodiversity research and digital twin development, providing a unique opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas, and strengthen the collective efforts towards understanding and preserving our planet’s rich biodiversity.

52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology

52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology.

Messina, Italy, 12–15 June 2023.

The 52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology, organised by the University of Messina, will be taking place from 12-15 June at the Science Department of the University of Messina, in Italy.

The congress of SIBM (Società Italiana di Biologia Marina) will see the participation of LifeWatch ERIC with LifeWatch ERIC’s marine biologist Alessia Scuderi, who will present the Alborán project. During the session dedicated to the vulnerability of the species, habitat and resources of the coastal marine environment, Scuderi will present ‘Cetaceans and marine traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar: difficult but possible coexistence’ and part of her presentation will be dedicated to LifeWatch ERIC’s project Alborán.

FAIR-IMPACT Webinar: Virtual Clinic for potential applicants to the first Open Call

Webinar: FAIR-IMPACT’s Virtual Clinic for potential applicants to the first Open Call.

Online, 16 May 2023.

On 16 May, FAIR-IMPACT will be hosting a webinar to address the application process for the first open call. If you are thinking about submitting an application you are invited to join the webinar informal Virtual Clinic from 15:00-16:00. During the clinic, you’ll have the chance to ask the FAIR-IMPACT team any questions you might have about the support actions, eligibility, and the application process.  

FAIR-IMPACT launched in April 2023 the first of three open calls for financial supportIn this first open call, FAIR-IMPACT encourages applications to participate in two defined support actions designed to help participants learn how to use specific tools, methods, and approaches to start (or continue) their journey to becoming more FAIR-enabling.

Registration for this Virtual Clinic webinar is free and open to all.