Biodiversity Summit 2020 POSTPONED

Fri, 2019-10-11 11:06 -- jvgoodwin

Message from iDigBio, NMNH, GBIF, and TDWG conference planning team 3/19/2020:

Like you, the organizers behind Biodiversity Summit 2020 are navigating the rapidly changing landscape of life and work accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that the effects of the current health and travel restrictions will linger—and that peaks are likely to occur at different times around the world—we have decided to postpone the event previously planned for Alexandria, Virginia, from 20-25 September 2020 until next year. Dates and details for the 2021 event will follow shortly.

Meanwhile, we can already confirm that TDWG and GBIF will hold virtual governance meetings this year and that iDigBio and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History look forward to hosting the international biodiversity community in the U.S. next year.

Difficult as the decision is, we feel it is the best step to ensure the long-term health, well-being and safety of our community. We hope that you are able to set the same priority for yourself, your family and your colleagues.

Planning is currently underway for 2021 and a date will be scheduled in the near future.
A brief agenda from 2020's planned event can be found below. 

Confirmed Decade of Digitization Speakers, Wednesday, 23 September:

Conference location: The Westin Alexandria Old Town Alexandria, Virginia‎

Booking information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted rate of $159 USD per night. Book early to take advantage, space is limited. Offer expires August 21, 2020. Click here to book your group rate for Biodiversity Summit 2020.

For more information about visiting Alexandria including additional lodging options, getting around, restaurants, etc. visit

International attendees: Please visit the U.S. Deprtment of State's website on obtaining a visa for more information abou the application process:

Abstract submission
There are ten broad themes for the conference. Please be prepared to select the theme that best fits your abstract. Conference organizers will make every effort to accommodate your preferred theme. In cases where logistics make this impossible, we will strive to place your presentation into the most appropriate alternative.

1. Digitization, data mobilization, and use
2. Advances in digitization protocols, techniques, and tools
3. Uses of biodiversity data in education and outreach
4. Impacts of data science on biodiversity informatics
5. Big data and the biodiversity sciences
6. Human diversity and inclusion in the biodiversity sciences
7. Tools and techniques for data analysis and visualization
8. The future of biodiversity informatics
9. Broadening international collaboration
10. Advances in biodiversity data standards


Code of Conduct
iDigBio, GBIF, NMNH and TDWG value the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among our partners and the broader biodiversity sciences community. Biodiversity Summit 2020 is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all conference participants. Participants will be expected to follow iDigBio’s Code of Conduct.

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