Cape Town – Its that time of the year again. Members of the biodiversity fraternity in South Africa are invited to submit abstracts.

The joint BIMF-FBIP Forum provides an opportunity for the foundational biodiversity information research and data community in South Africa to share information, discuss our practice and explore ways of improving the efficiency and impact of our work. With the BIMF-FBIP Forum we aim to promote and further enhance networks, data sharing opportunities, collaboration and the development of information management practice by the biodiversity science community.

The 2018 Forum will have a strong focus on the collection, analysis and use of biodiversity data in the context of global change. This includes, but is not limited to biosurveillance, monitoring and assessment. A standing item of the Forum will include a Postgraduate Student Forum and the core programme will also be followed by training workshops on the 16th of August.

Key sessions for the 2018 Forum include: 

  • The Data-Science-Policy Interface
  • The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP)
  • Open science and the data revolution
  • Biodiversity Information Management priorities in museums and herbaria
  • Biodiversity and climate change
  • Biodiversity futures: Use of data in scenarios and models for decision making
  • Camera trapping for assessment and monitoring
  • DNA barcoding innovations
  • Human capital development /Institutional capacity development
  • Information Systems and Architecture
  • Data management including data standards

Download further registration and programme information HERE

Call for student participation

The FBIP invites post-graduate students working on foundational biodiversity information-related projects to take part in the Forum. There is a limited amount of funding available to support students participating in the BIMF-FBIP Forum 2018.

  1. Download further information HERE
  2. Download student travel assistance application form HERE