Conference & Workshop Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future (27-28 Feb 2018, Brussels)

The conference & workshop "Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future” will take place at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th February 2018.

During this conference the aim is to share the lessons learned from the project “Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data” and put them in a broader perspective. Three keynote speakers will provide their view on working with large datasets, the need for Open Data and Open Science.


• Jonathan Chase from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) will share insights from his work on biodiversity synthesis.

• Jörg Freyhof based at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) will offer a global perspective on biodiversity observation data based on his experience in working on the EU BioFresh project and the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).

• Julia Stewart Lowndes from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) will present a strong case for Open Science sharing the story of building the Ocean Health Index.


The workshop on Biodiversity Data Management on day 2 represents an excellent opportunity to get guidance and learn simple tricks to improve your day-to-day data management. In the afternoon, we give an introduction into biodiversity data standardisation and publication and offer the opportunity to choose between hands-on data transformation exercise and working with microbial ecology data. This workshop is highly recommended for students and researchers looking to improve their data management skills.


Get inspired and learn what you can do for “Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future” during the conference on February 27th and workshop on February 28th!

Have a look at the full program in attachment, register at:  and motivate your colleagues to join as well.


27/02/2018 - 09:00