The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to host the 25th meeting of the Governing Board of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in Kilkenny from 15th to 18th October, 2018. The event will see delegates from 57 Participant Countries and 36 other Associate Participants across the world attend the Governing Board meeting.

To coincide with the formal Governing Board meeting, there are a number of associated events around the theme of how biodiversity data are being used at a global, regional and national scale to inform policy and action on the ground for biodiversity.

Governing Board Meeting: Public Session

The afternoon session of the official Governing Board meeting on Wednesday 17th October will be open to the public so anyone can attend. It will involve a number of presentations from the GBIF staff and network highlighting some of the core work of GBIF, in particular its recent milestone of now publishing more then 1 billion biodiversity records from across the globe.

Science Symposium

On Thursday 18th October, the National Biodiversity Data Centre is hosting a public symposium Biodiversity loss in a changing world: local data, global action which provides a unique opportunity to hear about some of GBIF’s work and its global network. There will be keynote addresses from Donald Hobern, Executive Secretary of GBIF and Dr Thomas Orrell of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, in addition to speakers talking about how data are used to inform biodiversity action at a regional and national level. Speakers from Ireland will outline a number of use cases where data is used to better inform policy and encourage greater local community engagement.

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Technical Workshop

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October, we are organising a 2-day technical workshop on Biodiversity Informatics and Species Distribution Modelling. Using R, this two day course will cover best practice approaches to utilising biodiversity data and species distribution modelling. The workshop will be led by Professor Nicklaus E. Zimmerman, Head of the Land Use Dynamic Research Unit of the Swiss Federal Research Institute. The workshop will cover: best practice to data cleaning and management, including visualisation of data; understanding and testing for sources of error and quantitative bias; and habitat suitability and distributional modelling. The workshop would be suitable for people who have a working knowledge of the R statistical environment, including data input/output, data manipulation, test statistics and regression (please note that Dr. Tomás Murray is also leading an introductory workshop to R and its use in ecological analyses at the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Tuesday 11 September which could serve attendees well in the build-up). Places are limited.

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GBIF acts as a respository for biological data collected from all over the globe, providing an evidence base for key research and conservation policies around the world.