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Beyond Specimens

The Annual Meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations

December 12, 2019
AIBS Washington, DC Office
1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

graphic The proliferation of and increased access to new research tools and techniques and abundant data are opening new frontiers for biodiversity science and biodiversity-enabled research and education. At the convergence of organisms, past and present, genomics, phenomics, changing environments over time and in the future, massive data provide the opportunity to better address future challenges.

Linking recordings of species behavior to environmental conditions can better inform species conservation strategies or mitigate negative interactions between animals and humans. Embryological image data, for example, can be linked to extant and extinct specimens and genetic data to inform developmental and evolutionary biology. The combination of data about vectors, hosts and parasites can be linked with other forms of data to inform public and agricultural health. Many other novel research, application, and educational opportunities are created when specimen-based data are combined with other data to stimulate bioprospecting, biomimicry, or systems biology - to suggest only a few.

The 2019 meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations will explore different initiatives with the goal of identifying areas where biology-serving organizations can unite to advance new scientific frontiers. The meeting will identify opportunities for community collaboration to advance new investments in biodiversity -related and -enabled science.

Event Sponsors
AIBS BCON Burroughs Wellcome Fund OUP

Draft Agenda
2019 Meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations

8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:30 Welcome
  • Dr. Robert Gropp, Executive Director, AIBS
Opening Remarks
  • Dr. Charles Fenster, President, AIBS
9:00Plenary: At the Frontier
  • Speaker: Mr. Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Society
    Moderator: Dr. Michael Willig, Executive Director, Institute of the Environment; Director, Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering; Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and Curator of Mammal Collections, University of Connecticut
9:45Panel: Federal Efforts
  • Dr. Joanne Tornow, Biological Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Diane DiEullis, Weapons of Mass Destruction Center, National Defense University, Department of Defense

10:40National Initiatives
  • Extending US Specimens to Promote Research and Education
    Dr. Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden
  • National Academies of Science
    Dr. Audrey Thevenon, NAS
  • National Museum of Natural History
    Ms. Carol Butler, NMNH
  • Biodiversity Literacy for Undergraduate Education
    Dr. Anna Monfils, Central Michigan University
  • National Ecological Observatory Network
    Dr. Christine Laney, NEON
12:00 Lunch

1:00 International Efforts
  • Dr. Gil Nelson, University of Florida and iDigBio
1:25 International Legal Issues
  • Mr. Bruce S. Manheim Jr., Partner, WilmerHale

2:00 Break

2:15 Community Perspectives
  • Dr. John Bates, Natural Science Collections Alliance and Field Museum of Natural History
  • Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom, Florida International University
  • Dr. James Hanken, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University
  • Dr. Crystal Icenhour, CEO, Aperiomics

4:00 Recommendations

4:45 Synthesis

5:00 Conclude

5:01 Reception

Conclude Meeting

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