Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013 - Introduction and Scope


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Outlines the scope and expected outcomes of the conference event "Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013" (BIH2013) that took place in Rome, 3-6th September 2013

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Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013 - Introduction and Scope

  1. 1. Structuring the biodiversity informatics community at the European level and beyond Biodiversity Informatics Horizons 2013 Welcome, Introduction & Scope Why are we here? The vision. The outcomes we hope for. Co-chairs: Alex Hardisty Dave Roberts Alberto Basset
  2. 2. Welcome from the Sponsoring projects Supporting projects Italia
  3. 3. Eva Alonso Christos Arvanitidis Rosa M Badia Alberto Basset Palma Blonda Donatella Castelli Alastair Culham Frank Oliver Glöckner Gregor Hagedorn Alex Hardisty Jörg Holetschek Yde de Jong Jacco Konijn Wouter Los Nikos Manouselis Matthias Obst Dave Roberts Soraya Sierra Aaike De Wever Anna-Maria Wremp Thanks to the Programme Committee for practically organising everything for the event
  4. 4. Thanks also to Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR and Sapienza Università di Roma for offering their premises and supporting this event
  5. 5. Social media during the conference – for coordinating consortia. Add your organisation. Put your project ideas there. #BIH13
  6. 6. Rules For speakers For all Timekeeping! The bell
  7. 7. • To organise ourselves and coordinate better – Another step in the process – It’s a journey Why are we here?
  8. 8. Decadal View Whitepaper March – Oct. 2012 80 Global Biodiversity Informatics Conf. July 2012 78 Brussels Roadmap Workshop, March 2013 57 160+ 20 1237
  9. 9. • Decadal View – Getting the basics right – The next steps – New tools – Human interface • Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook – The right culture – The data we need – Make data fit for purpose – From data to science and policy The vision An infrastructure to allow the available data to be brought into a coordinated coupled modelling environment able to address questions relating to our use of the natural environment that captures the ‘variety, distinctiveness and complexity of all life on Earth’. Outstanding: Organisation, coordination and a step-by-step roadmap for getting there
  10. 10. Structuring bottom-up and top-down interactions and cooperating across the community is now a critical activity – Biodiversity and ecosystem services are crucial for a sustainable planet, and thus for mankind. – Research Infrastructures based on informatics are fundamental to understanding ecosystem complexity. • Bottom-up actions – Cooperation & commitment of projects (internationally) – Define infrastructure development with realistic business plans – Specify what is required and lobby from policy support • Top-down actions – Concerted action of RI management and GEO BON orchestration – G8+5 priority for e-Infrastructures and Environmental Infrastructures – Facilitation by the European Commission Promote interaction Based on a slide from W.Los
  11. 11. A commonly-shared, sustainable e-Infrastructure that reliably serves science and society alike • Invited speakers will: – Review challenging areas and promising technologies – Consider pathways to sustainable implementation – Propose how to change the community culture • Discussions will focus on: – Exploring opportunities for international cooperation that lead towards a sustainable global infrastructure – Working together towards building a more sustainable future • Demonstration and training activities – Provided by some of the FP7 projects associated with the conference – Delegates will see first-hand some of the new and exciting building blocks that will come together to deliver the infrastructure vision • Networking opportunities throughout the conference Structuring the biodiversity informatics community at the European level and beyond
  12. 12. Outcomes from BIH2013 • One-to-one networking across the community • Up-to-date knowledge of challenges we face • Strong ideas and consensus on how to sustain the work we are doing • Greater commitment to coordinate • A springboard to form and coordinate consortia to bid for Horizon 2020 funding.