Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference 2015

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Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) will hold its 2015 annual conference 28 September to 3 October 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.  This is TDWG’s first conference in Africa! 

The theme of the conference is Applications, Standards and Capacity Building for Sustaining Global Biodiversity. Subprograms will include: Digitization, Semantic Technologies, Phyloinformatics, Outreach and Collaboration, ePublications, Trait Data, and Conservation informatics.

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We are issuing a call for symposia or workshop proposals for the conference.  We are also recruiting trainers and facilitators for a 5-day capacity building workshop for African participants at the conference, focused primarily on biodiversity collection digitization, biodiversity databases, data cleaning, and georeferencing. The workshop dates are 21-25 September 2015 (the week before the TDWG conference). Anyone interested in participating in the training workshop should contact

Symposia and Workshop proposals should include the following information:

  •  Symposium/Workshop title
  •  Convener(s)
  • Abstract (description of what is planned and how it relates to either the TDWG meeting theme or subprograms)
  •  Do you want to be considered for a slot in the plenary session? Yes/No.  If yes, the symposium must be of general interest to all TDWG attendees, related to the theme, and have a keynote speaker who will speak for 30-45 minutes. Symposia not scheduled in plenary sessions will be featured in parallel sessions.
  • Names of presenters (confirmed or tentative) and titles or topics, if known
  •  Duration of the session (time needed)

Please note that sessions are arranged in blocks of 90 minutes, separated by 30-minute morning and afternoon breaks and a 90-minute lunch break.  To the extent possible, talks across parallel sessions should start and end at the same time to facilitate attendance across sessions.  However, exceptions will be made for symposia (i.e., talks longer or shorter than the standard 15 minutes).

  • Date/time constraints for scheduling (if any)
  • Session topics that should not conflict with this proposal
  •  Expected number of attendees (size of room needed)
  • Special needs (i.e., Internet access, demonstration table, white board, etc.)
  •  If sponsorship is needed, what is the estimated budget and who is a possible sponsor?

Please send symposium/workshop proposals to the Program Chair, Hank Bart and TDWG General Secretary by 28 February 2015 at

Start Date: 
Monday, September 28, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 03, 2015 (All day)
BIS (TDWG) 2015, Nairobi, Kenya