Digital Data 2024: Synthesizing & Harmonizing Data for Integrated Biodiversity Research

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iDigBio, the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and The University of Kansas's Biodiversity Research Institute are delighted to announce the 2024 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, 29-31 May, with this edition of the conference offering both in-person and virtual participation. The overall theme for the 2024 conference will be Synthesizing & Harmonizing Data for Integrated 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:
May 29-31, 2024

Event location:
The 2024 conference will be held at The University of Kansas and virtually via Zoom. 
The local sponsor is KU's Biodiversity Institute.


Registration fees:
In-person, Non-student Registration (including virtual participation): $125
In-person, Student Registration (including virtual participation): $75
Virtual Participation Only: *$25

* In an effort to continue to improve our events, we will no longer offer a free registration option. If the minimal contribution is a problem, please let us know. All funds generated for the event will be used to support the future of this event.

Registration is NOW OPEN.
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Abstract Submissions
Abstract submissions are NOW OPEN.
Abstracts can be submitted for oral presentations, posters, and/or extended sessions (discussion sessions, workshops, demos, etc.)
Click here to submit an abstract
Abstract submission deadline: April 1

Featured Speakers
Bridging the gap: connecting biodiversity data to other disciplines
Jocelyn Colella

Curator of Mammalogy,
KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum

From Digital Data to Causes of Extinction: Climate Change, Physiology, and the Survival of the Sluggish  
Bruce Lieberman
Senior Curator, Invertebrate Paleontology; Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Director, Paleontological Institute
KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum

Opportunities to Synthesize Data Provided by Long Term Research
Allen Moore

Division Director, Division of Environmental Biology, NSF; Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia

Managing Biodiversity Data in the Blockchain: Full Tracking of All Data Transactions Through Time in Managing Systematic Collections
Andrew Townsend Peterson
University Distinguished Professor
University of Kansas

Outer membrane protein identification and AI generation.
Joanna Slusky

Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas

Hosts, parasites, and microbiomes: A system for studying natural complexity in a changing world.
Kelly Speer

University of Michigan, Director, Michigan Pathogen Biorepository & Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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New for this year - We will be using the virtual conference management site, Sched to improve access and usability for this year's conference.

Logistic information, Agenda, Speakers, and Registration can all be accessed via the Menu Below or directly via the Sched Conference Page

View the Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference schedule & directory.

Stay tuned for additional developments - Additional speakers and events will continue to be added to this page as details are finalized.

If you have any questions, please reach out to conference organizer, Jillian Goodwin at