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Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013 Conference

Structuring the biodiversity informatics community at the European level and beyond.

Dates: September 3, 2013 – September 6, 2013

Location: CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome

To respond to the challenges and priorities of the next decade in biodiversity and ecosystems research, structuring bottom-up and top-down interactions on informatics and cooperating across the community is now an essential activity. Cooperation avoids unnecessary duplication of activity. It helps to maximise and focus effort on building the information resources, tools and infrastructure the scientists and policymakers need. We all know the importance of this as we face environmental, societal and human health challenges on global scale. Science in support of policy to mitigate biodiversity loss due to climate and other man-made changes, to assure food security, and to combat invasive species (to give just a few examples) can only be achieved by full integration of the biodiversity research community through a commonly-shared, sustainable e-infrastructure across all sub-disciplines that reliably serves science and society alike. Hence, the need to coordinate.
Invited speakers will review challenging areas and promising technologies in biodiversity informatics, pathways to sustainable implementation and changing the community culture in the context of:

A panel discussion with experts from regions of the world beyond Europe will explore opportunities for international cooperation that lead towards a sustainable global infrastructure.
There will be a plenary discussion on working together towards building a more sustainable future, informed by networking opportunities throughout the conference.
Demonstration and training activities, provided by some of the FP7 projects associated with the conference will allow delegates to see first-hand some of the new and exciting infrastructure building blocks that will come together to deliver the LifeWatch vision.

Conference takeaways:
• Up-to-date knowledge of technical challenges facing the community.
• Inspiring ideas and consensus on how to sustain the work the community is doing.
• Raised awareness and greater commitment to coordinate across the community.
• A springboard to form and coordinate consortia to build bids for Horizon 2020 funding.
• Networking across the community and across borders.

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