European Congress on Tools for identifying biodiversity. Paris, France. 20-22 September 2010
The congress is organised by 3 European projects dedicated to biodiversity and/or biological identification : KeyToNature, EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy) and STERNA (Semantic Web-based Thematic European Reference Network Application), and in cooperation with the UNESCO Venice Office. The 3 EU projects jointly organising the event are co-funded by the European Commission in the eContentplus Programme and the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
The correct identification of organisms is fundamental not only for the assessment and the conservation of biodiversity, but also in agriculture, forestry, the food and pharmaceutical industries, forensic biology, and in the broad field of formal and informal education at all levels. In the last decades, important advances have taken place in the way identification is carried out, from molecular and biochemical methods of rapid identification to the development of interactive identification systems based on morpho-anatomical data. This congress provides an overview of recent advances in this field. It stimulates integration of existing methods and systems, fosters communication amongst different research groups, and lays the foundations for integrated projects in the next decade.
Scientific programme It is subdivided into 4 sequential sessions with short oral presentations, and a bio-informatics market consisting of posters and hands-on demonstrations. All sessions are open to selected contributed papers. The selection will be made by the conveners on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The sessions are : Session I. Interactive identification tools based on morpho-anatomical data; Session II. Molecular and biochemical methods for the identification of organisms; Session III. Identification and education; and Session IV. Industrial and practical applications of the new identification tools: case studies and markets.
Round table on International networking The final part of the congress will be devoted to the presentation of the most recent international opportunities for launching new projects and/or collaborating with existing ones. Invited speakers will be a representative of UNESCO, a representative fo the EU Commission, and those responsible for some of the main international projects devoted to biodiversity.
Organising Committee Contact : organising.committee(at)bioidentify.eu
UNESCO Contact: Davide Poletto at d.poletto(at)unesco.org