Digital Data 2023: Leveraging Digital Data in Service to Conservation, Ecology, Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Novel Biodiversity Research

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iDigBio, the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and Arizona State University (ASU) are delighted to announce the 2023 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, 5-7 June, with this edition of the conference offering both in-person and virtual participation. We are anticipating a return to interpersonal interaction as well as continuing the option for remote engagement. The overall theme for the 2023 conference will be Leveraging Digital Data for Conservation, Ecology, Systematics, and Novel Biodiversity Research. Subthemes to guide abstract preparation include:

  • Using digital data for conservation stewardship and management,
  • Facilitating ecological discovery and understanding,
  • The impact of digital data on systematic, phylogenetic, and genomic research,
  • Advances in AI and machine learning in the study of biodiversity,
  • Digital extended specimens as paradigms for data integration,
  • Implementing the use of digital data in basic biodiversity research,
  • Innovative imaging techniques for enhancing specimen-based discoveries.
  • Cultural, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for biodiversity data.

Event dates:
June 5-7, 2023

Event location:
The 2023 conference will be held at Arizona State University, Tempe and virtually via Zoom. 
The local sponsor is ASU’s Global Futures Laboratory.

Click Here to Visit the Conference Wiki page for additional information and the Draft Conference Agenda

Registration is open via Eventbrite:

Registration fees:
In-person, Non-student Registration (including virtual participation): $100
In-person, Student Registration (including virtual participation): $50
Virtual Participation Only: *Optional
* Optional virtual registration fees will support the digital format technology, the editing and publication of abstracts, and keeping the conference sustainable. Registration fees are optional for virtual participants but encouraged. When registering, those who wish not to make a financial contribution to the conference will have that option. Although registration is optional, your registration information, even if you opt out of the fee, will allow us to keep you updated about conference activities.

Registration & Abstract submission opens on Eventbrite: February 1
Abstract submission deadline: April 26

Plenary Speakers


Workshops have been announced!

Envisioning a Biological Collections Action Center

Symbiota Skillshare and Capacity Building Workshop


Addressing Roadblocks and Envisioning Solutions of the Digital Extended Specimen Concept

Open discussion: the NEON Biorepository infrastructure model 

Additional information:
Accommodation & Travel:

Further announcements and program developments will be announced on this conference announcement page.

For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Gil Nelson ( or Jill Goodwin ( at iDigBio.