Track Policies

Joint Opening Session

This session opens the joint conference through three crosscutting  keynote presentations focused on the challenges and opportunities of biological collections in the 21st century.  This session is open to all participants of both SPNHC and GGBN.

Directors
  • Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Plenary I - Preserving a Cross Section of the Tree of Life

This session addresses the importance of strategic sampling for long-term preservation, conservation and current and future research. Topics include how we  intelligently sample the Earth’s biodiversity both for use and safekeeping, local verses global responsibilities in sampling, and caveats and advantages of different methods for collecting. This session is open to all participants.

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Directors
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
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Plenary II - Turning historical collections into genomic resources - sampling the lost world

This session covers the utility of historical collections for genomic research and addresses methodologies and roadblocks for optimal use of  these resources. Topics include technical and preservation issues with historical collections, the agony of choice = prioritization of the use of historical collections, and methods for developing a knowledge base for species preservation. This session is open to all participants.

Directors
  • Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Plenary III - We Can’t Save Them All: Assessing ex situ conservation across time, technology, and uncertainty of future

This session focuses on the strategic efforts of gardens, zoos, and seed/crop banks in species conservation. Topics include ex situ (and related in situ) conservation and use cases from across the agricultural, botanical, veterinarian and zoological communities. This session is open to all participants.

Directors
  • Eileen Graham, Scientific Collections International
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Symposium I - Access and Benefit Sharing

This interest group meeting will focus on how to best manage genetic materials in light of the Nagoya Protocol. The goal is to provide a use statement from GGBN’s perspective, including metadata information as well as best practice recommendations, code of conduct and standard MTAs developed by GGBN. This session is open to all participants.

Directors
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Carol Butler, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Cornelia Löhne, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
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Symposium II - How to achieve a global genomic collection

This interest group is focused on the benefits and urgent need for collaboration between GGBN and other initiatives. It will provide an overview of strategies for targeting taxa, the overlap between initiatives in sampling and metadata standards, and what it means to be genome quality. This interest group meeting is open to all participants.

Directors
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Jonathan Coddington, Global Genome Initiative Smithsonian Institution
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Symposium III - Best practice for data and collections management

The purpose of this symposium is to provide an introduction to GGBN standards with regard to both data and collection management. One part of this symposium is dedicated to environmental samples. This symposium is open to all participants.

Submissions closed for this track!

Directors
  • Gabi Droege, Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
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Symposium IV - Knowledge exchange: natural history meets applied biobanking

The purpose of this symposium is to communicate expectations for GGBN from the broader biodiversity biobanking community. Short talks from applied biobanks (such as Zoos, Agriculture etc.) are welcome. The second part of this symposium will focus on the GGBN document library. The symposium is open to all participants.

Directors
  • Carol Butler, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Jackie Mackenzie-Dodds, The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD GB
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Posters

Poster abstracts can be submitted to topics related to Plenary I, II and III or the Symposium.

Directors
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Gabi Droege, Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
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GGBN Task Force Meetings

The purpose of these meetings is to continue work towards accomplishing GGBN goals within the scope of each Task Force’s work plan.  These task force meetings are open to all participants.

Directors
  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Gabi Droege, Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
  • Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Workshop - GGI Gardens

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) was founded with the goal of collecting and preserving genome-quality tissue samples from at least one species belonging to each family and 50% of the genera of species on Earth. GGI Gardens was founded in January 2015 by five gardens within the US to collect and preserve specimens from arboreta, botanic gardens, and greenhouses (gardens). Since then, GGI–Gardens has grown considerably through partnership with gardens from around the world greatly expanding the possible number of taxa preserved and continues to expand globally to target, sample, and preserve vouchered plant genomes around the world. The workshop will include a presentation on the progress and future prospects of GGI–Gardens, a training program that will include best practices for GGI–Gardens Member Organizations, a synthesis of what is available globally in gardens, and a question and answer session. We welcome representatives from any arboretum, garden, or greenhouse, as well as herbarium curators interested in how this can impact their efforts. Location: BGBM

Directors
  • Vicki Funk, US National Herbarium Department of Botany NMNH Smithsonian Institution
  • Morgan Gostel, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, Global Genome Initiative
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Workshop - Documentation of environmental samples and eDNA

Open for everyone. The goal of this workshop is to get an overview of existing solutions for documentation of environmental samples and associated metadata from other initiatives and portals. Furthermore GGBN will present its ideas and prototype based on the GGBN Data Standard and a diatom eBarcoding case study. Data publishing solutions as well as data access needs for a variety of users including researchers, conservationists and policy makers will be discussed. We will also present first results of a GBIF/GGBN survey about user requirements for environmental sample data in portals like GBIF and GGBN. This workshop is co-organized by GGBN and GBIF. Location: BGBM

Directors
  • Gabi Droege, Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
  • Dmitry Schigel, Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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Workshop - Cryopreservation for Microorganisms and Plants

Cryopreservation is now considered as the best 'ex situ' preservation approach for microorganisms. However, this is still problematic for some taxonomic groups. The subject of this workshop will be to provide an overview of recent applications of preservation methods to organisms considered as delicate or difficult to preserve. The BCCM/DCG and BCCM/ULC collections of diatoms and cyanobacteria will present results from the BRAIN-be project PRESPHOTO on the cryopreservation of their strains. Participants are welcome to present their data and share their experience with cryopreservation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and plants. Location: MfN

Directors
  • Charlotte Crahay, Laboratory of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, Centre for Protein Engineering, University of Liège Université catholique de Louvain
  • Annick Wilmotte, In-Bios Centre for Protein Engineering, University of Liege
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SYNTHESYS Symposium - Policies for new physical collections

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