Empowering Biodiversity Research III

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Connecting research to policy

The Benelux Biodiversity Informatics community and partners are pleased to invite you to the Empowering Biodiversity Research conference, EBR III, taking place on March 25-26th 2024 in Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands. We will take you on a journey into the world of biodiversity data standards and tools and will inform you on the latest developments in the world of Biodiversity Informatics, both internationally and locally. The EBR III conference is organized back to back with the 2024 ARISE day, which will also take place in Naturalis Biodiversity Center.


In 2024, we are taking a significant leap forward. Our primary focus will be on effectively utilizing biodiversity data to bridge the gap with Policy. We’re determined to harness the potential of both local and international initiatives to drive progress. While you may already be acquainted with well-known entities such as GBIF, ELIXIR, Lifewatch, Catalogue of Life and DiSSCo, allow us to introduce you to MAMBO, ARISE, and Biodiversity Genomics Europe. Our comprehensive offering includes a carefully curated selection of keynotes, enlightening information sessions, impactful poster presentations, and, of course, a state-of-the-art Biodiversity Informatics market and reception.

Rest assured, your experience will surpass all expectations.

For more info about the poster session.

The reception is foreseen on March 25th. It will give you the perfect opportunity to talk with your colleagues, friends on Biodiversity Informatics and what it could do for our research community.

For more information, please contact Dimitri Brosens, GBIF node Manager at the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Niels Raes GBIF node Manager at NLBIF/ Naturalis or Paul Braun GBIF node manager at the Musée national d’histoire naturelle in Luxembourg. For the latest updates about the conference, please follow @EmpBioResearch on X/Twitter #EBR2024.


March 27, just after the EBR III meeting another interesting event will take place in Naturalis. Make sure you check out the ARISE day and you might want to extend your stay! Lots of stuff has been happening in and around Arise, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it! We have more of everything: more sensors, more samples, more lab equipment, more data, more AI and, of course, more and more people working on Arise, with Arise or wanting to know more about Arise.


Find the EBR III programme


Register here

The registration fee is set to 50 €, this includes all the coffee, drinks, entrance to the reception and biodiversity market, cookies, talks, posters…. You can register for 10 persons simultaneously, extra information on dietary preference, affiliation ect is asked during the registration process. There are a few places left and we decided to extend the deadline for 10 more days.

New deadline for Registration: March 20


Call for posters

You can find the EBR III call for posters here.


This conference will be organized by the Belgian, the Dutch and the Luxembourg GBIF nodes, together with experts from various biodiversity informatics and bio informatics projects, initiatives and organisations in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg with support from the Belgian Science Policy Office Belspo.

Dutch GBIF node Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle Luxembourg (MNHNL) Belgian Biodiversity Platform

Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DISSCO) ELIXIR Modern Approaches to the Monitoring of Biodiversity (MAMBO)

LifeWatch Biodiversity Genomics Europe Atmospheric dynamics Research InfraStructure in Europe (ARISE)

Supporters & Sponsors

Empowering Biodiversity Research III could never be organised without the support of the following organisations:

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Belgian science policy office RBINS Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Catalogue of Life Pensoft publishers Checklistbank