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GGBN International Conference on Biodiversity Biobanking

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) is an unincorporated international network of institutions that share an interest in long-term preservation of frozen biological specimens and samples representing the diversity of non-human life on Earth. The network was formed in 2011 with the principal aim of making high-quality well-documented and vouchered collections that store DNA or tissue samples of biodiversity, discoverable for research. GGBN sets standards of collaboration to-wards excellence in collections stewardship information access and sharing and responsible and ethical use of such collections. GGBN supports accessibility and the efficient coordinated expansion of biodiversity biobanks worldwide. Biodiversity biobank collections professionals come from all over the world to attend the GGBN conference. GGBN conferences encourage formal and informal interaction between vendors and meeting participants in various ways - a formal exhibit hall, vendor organization of and/or participation in product demonstrations, morning and afternoon coffee breaks held in the exhibit hall, and an ice breaker and reception dinner where vendors and participants can mingle in a relaxed setting.

  • GGBN Conference 2018

    22. May 2018 – 25. May 2018

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    Welcome Note

    Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is broadly defined as the variety of life on Earth. Almost two million species have now been identified worldwide, but the actual number of species is estimated to be between 10 and 30 million. This vast amount of biodiversity is an essential provider of ecosystem goods and services. However, despite the important role biodiversity plays in our lives, it is currently experiencing severe genetic erosion due to our unsustainable activities. The exponential loss of genetic diversity throughout the world has led to initiatives to conserve biodiversity inside (in situ) and outside (ex situ) their natural habitats. Particularly the latter is an important strategy, since very often original habitats are also under threat.

    Formed in October 2011, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) is an international network of over 67 institutions that share an interest in long-term preservation of genomic samples representing the diversity of non-human life on Earth. GGBN provides a platform for biodiversity repositories from across the world to collaborate, ensuring quality standards for DNA and tissue collections, standards for genomic samples, improving best practices for the preservation and use of such collections, and harmonizing the exchange of material in accordance with national and international legislation and conventions. The preservation of the genomic diversity of the Tree of Life is a monumental and interdisciplinary task, grander than any one institution can manage alone.  GGBN meets this challenge through a worldwide network of biodiversity repositories.

    With its third international conference “GGBN 2018” taking place in Vienna from May 22nd to 25th, GGBN along with the accompanying organizing institutions will focus on topics related to the exploration of the wealth of diversity that is currently stored in biodiversity biobanks worldwide. Surrounding the main theme of “The International Day for Biological Diversity” proclaimed by the United Nations, sessions will cover agricultural, forest and environmental biodiversity and their characterization by state-of-the-art genomic, phenomic and molecular tools. This characterization process is a substantial part of any long-term strategy to ensure the preservation of biodiversity and thereby to secure the foundation for subsistence of mankind.

    In addition, a session open to the public (in German) is dedicated to familiarize the Austrian public with the current issues and challenges Austrian biodiversity is facing. With this session we intend to educate a wider public and to increase the awareness of the importance of biodiversity in each person’s daily life. This will be finalized by a panel discussion in which different stakeholders will discuss the value and future of Austria’s biodiversity.

    The GGBN international conference will be of interest for different stakeholders ranging from academia to industry and the public sector. We hope that you will join this international event to discuss the most recent findings on biodiversity conservation, analysis and function. We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna from May 22nd to 25th, 2018.

    Eva M. Sehr

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee

     

    Organizing Committee

    Eva M. Sehr (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Chair)

    Angela Sessitsch (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)

    Alexandra Khassidov (ÖGMBT)

    Katie Barker (GGBN / NMNH)

    Gabi Droege (GGBN / BGBM)


    Contact

    conference@ggbn.org

  • GGBN 2017 Regional Asian Workshop

    21. July 2017 – 22. July 2017

    The workshop report is available in the GGBN Document Library: https://library.ggbn.org/share/s/Qv1Uko_XQMS3tV-NzGydYA

    The China National Genebank (CNGB) is glad to welcome you to an upcoming workshop on "Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in Asia", held July 21-22 2017 in Shenzhen, China.

    RSVP Deadline

    We have slightly extended our RSVP deadline. If you are planning to attend the workshop, please send an email to myself at barkerk@si.edu and Yibing Huang huangyibing@cngb.org no later than May 30, 2017 to confirm your attendance.

    Workshop Schedule

    Please click below on "Program" for a working summary of the workshop schedule. The agenda will start the morning of Friday July 21 and end in the late afternoon of Saturday July 22.  A welcome dinner will be provided to participants on the evening of Thursday July 20th.

    Please also note that we would like to invite participants to provide overviews of collections and research by country. Additional guidance will be forthcoming after the RSVP deadline.

    The workshop will cover the following topics:

    • Introduction to the Global Genome Biodiversity Network
    • Why join GGBN, what are its applications as a shared resource, what are the benefits to your institution in particular and the research community in general?
    • Benefits of GGBN for biobanking in Asia
    • Benefits of Best Practice for Biodiversity Biobank Collections and Networking with GGBN. General information on GGBN membership, governance model, legal aspects of providing data and samples, restrictions, collaborations, Nagoya Protocol
    • General information on the GGBN Data Portal, GGBN Data Standard and how to provide data to GGBN
    • DNA/Tissue Banking in Asia

    Travel Support

    Lodging, some meals and ground transportation will be provided by China National Genebank.  China National Genebank will also offer some additional travel support based on participant needs.  See details below.

    Travel (Ground/Shuttle Bus):

    Roundtrip transportation support between your hotel and airport will be arranged for you and paid directly by the China National Genebank. Additionally, we will provide shuttle bus service between your hotel and CNGB.  A confirmation email of detailed transportation information will be sent to you once your travel dates are confirmed.

    Travel (Airfare-only for those who submit the travel support application):

    For those in need of additional travel support, we have prepared a Travel Support Application. Please submit your form no later than May 30, 2017 for consideration. We will notify you of decisions by June 5, 2017. For those participants who receive additional travel support in the form of airfare, roundtrip airfare between your home institution and Shenzhen, China will be arranged for you and paid directly by the China National Genebank.

    Visas

    Many participants will require a formal letter of invitation in order to secure a visa to visit China for this workshop.  Please contact Katie Barker at barkerk@si.edu and Yibing Huang huangyibing@cngb.org for an official invitation letter.

    Lodging

    Lodging will be provided for you at the KINGKEY PALACE HOTEL, No.90 Yankui Road, Dameisha, Yantian District, Shenzhen, China for the duration of the workshop (nights of July 20-21). The location is a 30 minute drive from the CNGB and 15 minute walk from the Dameisha Beach. Once your travel dates are confirmed, we will reserve your room; a confirmation email will be sent to you at that time. Though your room will be billed directly to the CNGB, you will be required to provide a personal credit card upon check-in to cover any incidental expenses.  Breakfast will be included with the hotel.

    Meals

    The following meals will be provided at no cost to you as a part of your participation in the workshop:

    • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks during workshop meetings
    • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
    • Dinner on Thursday and Friday

    CNGB

    CNGB is a non-profit, national government initiated, science and industrial infrastructure project, and a platform that provides services of basic life science research and biological industry development. With five years’ preparation, CNGB has achieved remarkable successes in the area of bio-specimen storage, gene sequencing, database construction, and industrial application of biotechnology, all at leading international levels, and started building of gene synthesis and gene editing platforms. CNGB will ride the global wave of life science discoveries in recent years and evolve into “Three repositories and Two Platforms”, i.e. Biorepository (Storage), Bio-information Databank (Understand), Living Biobank (Application), Digitalization Platform (Read) and Synthesis and Editing Platform (Write), to create a solid foundation that would bring resources to researchers and bridge all gaps surrounding big-resource, big-data, big-science and big-industry.

  • GGBN 2017 Regional North American Workshop

    11. April 2017 – 13. April 2017

    The workshop report is available in the GGBN Document Library: https://library.ggbn.org/share/s/Zthsd4U1TWimN7XvHLXJZA

    The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution is glad to welcome you to an upcoming workshop on "Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in North America", held April 11-13 2017 in Washington D.C., USA.

    Links to schedule and accomodation details can be found below.

    The workshop will cover the following topics:

    • Use cases: Why join GGBN, what are its applications as a shared resource, what are the benefits to your institution in particular and the research community in general?
    • General information on GGBN membership, governance model, legal aspects of providing data and samples, restrictions, collaborations, etc.
    • General information on the GGBN Data Portal, GGBN Data Standard and how to provide data to GGBN with IPT/DwC-A
    • Streamlining the pipeline between GGBN/Specify/Arctos/iDigBio

    We have slightly extended our RSVP deadline. If you are planning to attend the workshop, please send an email to Katie Barker (barkerk@si.edu) no later than February 3, 2017 to confirm your attendance. There is no registration fee associated with this workshop.

    Travel Support

    For those in need of travel support, we have prepared a Travel Support Application. Please submit your form no later than February 3, 2017 for consideration. Since Smithsonian has strict policies regarding how we can administer travel support, we ask that those applying for travel support refrain from making any travel arrangements until they have received a decision with booking instructions. We will notify you of decisions by February 17, 2017 so that there is plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements in accordance with Smithsonian policy.

  • GGBN Conference 2016

    21. June 2016 – 24. June 2016

    Thanks to everybody for such a wonderful conference! More conference pictures can be found here!

    Meeting the Challenge: How to Preserve a Cross-Section of the Tree of Life

    The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin are glad to welcome you to the 2016 GGBN conference, held from June 21 through June 24, 2016, in Berlin, Germany.
    The Global Genome Biodiversity Network is a collaborative effort to cryo-preserve and provide access to genomic samples from across the Tree of Life.
    Sessions and Workshops are planned on

    • Concerted collecting and sampling strategies to preserve the Tree of Life
    • Sampling the lost world in Natural History collections
    • Nagoya Protocol: consequences and solutions
    • Knowledge exchange: natural history meets applied biobanking
    • Implementing GGBN standards and best practice

    Venue

    The venue for this conference will be in the Berlin city-center, at andel’s Hotel near Alexanderplatz, Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin.


    Contact

    conference@ggbn.org