The International Conference on
B iodiversity Informatics is a young and rapidly growing field that brings information science and technologies
to bear on the data and information generated by the study of organisms, their genes, and their interactions.
In doing so, it is creating unprecedented global access to information on biological species and their role in nature.
e-Biosphere 09: The International Conference on Biodiversity Who Should Attend
Informatics, will be held on 1-3 June 2009 in London. The The e-Biosphere 09 Conference is designed for anyone interested in
leaders in the field will be gathering to highlight the capabilities sharing or gaining access to online biodiversity information, including:
and achievements in Biodiversity Informatics, and to discuss the
challenges, obstacles, opportunities, and strategies for the next G Content providers
ten years of research, developments, and implementation. G Aggregators of content
The goals of the e-Biosphere 09 Conference will be to: G Developers of databases, standards, and software tools
G Present and discuss the extraordinary progress made in G Computer scientists and engineers interested in biodiversity data
Biodiversity Informatics over the past decade
G The full range of users of biodiversity data, including basic and
G Provide participants with demonstrations of current applied researchers, policy makers, and conservation and land
capabilities in this field use officials
G Bring stakeholders together to create a roadmap for the G Officials from public research funding agencies, private
next decade foundations, and donors
Please join the Encyclopedia of Life, The Natural History Museum (London), and other co-sponsors to celebrate the many successes of this
rapidly expanding field and explore the challenges that lie ahead.
REGISTER ONLINE AT www.e-biosphere09.org EVENT HOTLINE (Europe) +44(0)871 230 6100 (Overseas) +44(0)1564 797515
PROGRAMME FOR THE e-BIOSPHERE
Monday, 1 June 2009 Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Session 1: Impact and Importance of Biodiversity Session 5: Biodiversity Informatics at Work
Informatics Speakers will show how advances in informatics now make it
Keynote speakers will provide overviews of the impact that possible to bring together information about biodiversity from a
Biodiversity Informatics is having on research and its societal wealth of online databases and from both historical and current
applications, and the importance of building globally integrated literature. These approaches allow information to be recombined
capabilities for biodiversity information. and used in support of research and planning in ways that may not
G Cristián Samper, National Museum of Natural History, have been foreseen by those who first produced it.
Smithsonian Institution G Roger Hyam, Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh)
G Sandra Knapp, The Natural History Museum (London) G Richard Pyle, Bernice P. Bishop Museum
G Nico Cellinese, University of Florida
Session 2: Major Initiatives
A panel will give brief presentations on some of the largest and Session 6: Cultural Changes and Challenges
most important initiatives in Biodiversity Informatics, followed A panel will present their views on how the growth of Biodiversity
by a discussion and interactions with the audience. Informatics is changing community policies and practices in areas such
G Dave Roberts, European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) as data sharing, intellectual property rights, and open access
G Joanne Daly, Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) publication. These introductory presentations will be followed by
discussion among panelists and the audience.
G Nick King, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
G Donat Agosti, American Museum of Natural History
G Rainer Froese, FishBase/Catalogue of Life
G Vishwas Chavan, Global Biodiversity Information Facility
G David Patterson, Encyclopedia of Life
G Cynthia Parr, Encyclopedia of Life
G Robert Hanner, University of Guelph
G John Wieczorek, University of California (Berkeley)
Session 3: The e-Biosphere 09 Street Fair G Erick Mata, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad
Following lunch, Conference participants will have several hours
G Monique Simmonds, Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
to visit poster presentations, see demonstrations of biodiversity
databases and software, and visit commercial exhibits. Session 7: Planning Ahead I: Setting the Stage
This session begins the second half of the Conference, in which
Session 4: Looking to the Future
participants will play the major role by contributing their ideas for
Keynote speakers will offer their views of the future directions,
the future development of Biodiversity Informatics. Three plenary
opportunities, and challenges for Biodiversity Informatics,
speakers will set the stage by framing the major challenges ahead.
including the need to bridge the “digital divide.”
G Jorge Soberón, Natural History Museum & Biodiversity
G Townsend Peterson, Natural History Museum & Biodiversity
Research Center, University of Kansas
Research Center, University of Kansas
G Nancy Knowlton, National Museum of Natural History,
G Stella Simiyu, Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, IUCN
G Robert Scholes, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Call for Participation: Side-Events available and the Conference organizers will help the sponsors
of potential side-events to arrange meeting space.
The Conference organizers call for expressions of interest
from groups that would like to hold their own side-events Please send your expressions of interest to
during Session 12. A limited number of meeting rooms are firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTER ONLINE AT www.e-biosphere09.org EVENT HOTLINE (Europe): +44(0)871 230 6100
09 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
SESSION 8: Planning Ahead II: Break-Out Discussions Street Fair
Ten break-out groups will discuss the future of Biodiversity Infor-
matics from the perspectives of research and user subcommunities.
This session will build on the subcommunity discussions of the
Online Conference Community (OCC, forum.e-biosphere09.org,
O ne of the main goals of the e-Biosphere 09 Conference
is to familiarize participants with the full range of projects,
networks, databases, and other capabilities that constitute
see back cover). The OCC subcommunity topics are: Biodiversity Informatics. Conference organizers will create an
opportunity to learn about even more outstanding activities in a
A current landscape and Sustainable economic
“street fair” format. Sessions 4 and 12 of the Conference have no
future road map for development
plenary presentations so that attendees can visit the presentations
Biodiversity Informatics G Ecology and ecosystems,
at the Street Fair.
G Standards development and environmental sustainability,
management climate change Three adjacent areas in the Conference venue will be
G Global Names Architecture G Conservation and land use devoted to:
G Cybertaxonomy G Agriculture POSTER PRESENTATIONS. Researchers, students, developers,
G Basic biodiversity science G Forestry government officials, and other stakeholders in Biodiversity
Informatics will have the opportunity to submit abstracts for
publication in the Conference Abstract Volume and for presentation
Training in Biodiversity G Public Health
as posters. Up to 275 posters will be on accepted for presentation.
Informatics G Uses in public, K-12 and
G Developing world higher education DATABASE AND SOFTWARE DEMONSTRATIONS. Developers
G Citizen science of biodiversity databases and software will have the opportunity
to demonstrate their initiatives in computer display booths at
Wednesday, 3 June 2009 the Street Fair.
Session 9: Planning Ahead III: Results of Break-Out Discussions EXHIBITS. Commercial companies, professional societies, and
The rapporteurs of the break-out discussions will present the other organizations will have the opportunity to display
findings and recommendations from Session 8. customized exhibits at the Street Fair.
Session 10: Planning Ahead IV: The Users’ Perspectives Forms for online submission of poster abstracts and for reserving
A four-member discussion panel will react to the results of the database/software demonstration booths and exhibit space are
break-out discussions from the perspective of potential users of available on www.e-biosphere09.org.
Biodiversity Informatics, and will engage the audience in a
discussion of future needs.
G Claire Kremen, University of California (Berkeley)
G Dora Canhos, Centro de Referencia em Informaçao Ambiental
G Ulf Gardenfors, Swedish Species Information Centre
G John Jungck, Beloit College
Session 11: Summing Up
This final plenary session will bring together the recommendations of
the Conference participants for the future of Biodiversity Informatics.
Session 12: Street Fair (continued) and Side-Events
Participants will have the final afternoon of the Conference to re-
visit the posters, computer demonstrations, and exhibits of the
e-Biosphere 09 Street Fair. The Conference organizers will also
work with groups that wish to hold side-events during this session.
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T he e-Biosphere 09 International Conference will be held
at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, conveniently
located near Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey in the
center of London.
Important Conference Dates & Deadlines
1 March Deadline for submission of poster abstracts and
applications for travel bursaries
1 April Deadline for applications for exhibit space and
1 April Announcement of accepted poster abstracts and
awards for travel bursaries
1 April End of reduced early registration fees
15 April Deadline for proposals for discussion group topics and Registration for the Conference is now open. Register and pay
side events online at www.e-biosphere09.org. Participants are encouraged
1 May Registration deadline to register early to take advantage of a discounted registration
fee available until 1 April 2009.
1 May Release of Final Conference Announcement and Program
Booking/Cancellation Terms & Conditions
15 May Release of abstract volume G All bookings, however received, constitute a legally binding agreement between the e-Biosphere
organizers (The Natural History Museum and The Encyclopedia of Life) and the delegate and are
1-3 June The e-Biosphere 09 Conference subject to the terms and conditions. The organizers reserve the right to refuse a booking or
admission to the event at its absolute discretion.
G Cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing and will be acknowledged in writing.
Join the Online Conference Community Cancellations up to and including 1st May 2009 will incur a £50 (+VAT) administration fee.
Cancellations made after this date will be charged the full invoice amount. The refund will be
The organizers have created an Online Conference processed one month after the symposium, less the applicable taxes and bank handling
charges. Delegate Substitutions may be made at any time, but must be made in writing and
Community (OCC, forum.e-biosphere09.org) to help will be acknowledged in writing. Two delegates may not ‘share’ a place at the event.
participants interact and prepare for the Conference. G Payment of all fees and charges must be received in full before the event. If payment has
not been received prior to the event, delegates will be asked to guarantee payment by
The OCC has been divided into theme-based credit/debit card on the day.
G Individual travel and accommodation requirements are the responsibility of the delegate. The
discussion forums for more focused subcommunity organizers cannot accept any responsibility for over-runs or any liability for transport
discussions, and OCC participants will be able to disruption or individual delays.
G It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the organizer to alter the content,
propose additional topics. These discussions will be timings or venue. In the event of a terrorist alert or incident, beyond the organizers control,
continued by the break-out groups during Session 8 of that prevents the running of the event, including but not limited to force majeure, disruption,
strikes, civil unrest or other causes, the organizer reserves the right to retain up to 50% of the
the Conference. Subcommunities are invited to fee as a contribution to delegate registration, all location and central administration costs.
submit position papers that present their views on the Data Protection and Contact Preferences
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For additional information or registration support, please contact us at e-biosphere@profileevents or call our Event Hotline (Europe)
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The e-Biosphere 09 International Conference
is hosted by The Natural History Museum London (NHM) and is co-sponsored by:
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation BioNET-INTERNATIONAL
Natural History Museum (London) US National Biological Inter-American Biodiversity
Consortium for the Barcode Information Infrastructure (NBII) Information Network (IABIN)
of Life (CBOL) European Distributed Institute Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
Global Biodiversity Information of Taxonomy (EDIT) Pan-European Species-directories
Facility (GBIF) Darwin200 Infrastructure (PESI)
JRS Biodiversity Foundation LifeWatch
e-Biosphere 09 R E G I S T R AT I O N F O R M 1–3 June 2009 • London, UK
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AREAS OF KEY INTEREST:
Break-out discussion groups will consider different aspects of biodiversity informatics. Please select the ONE topic that interests you most.
B01 I A Future Road Map for Biodiversity B08 I Conservation and Land Use
B02 I Cybertaxonomy B09 I Agriculture
B03 I Ecology and Ecosystems, Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change B10 I Public Health
B04 I Basic Biodiversity Science Research B11 I Forestry
B05 I Training in Biodiversity Informatics B12 I Fisheries
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