Biodiversity Diagnoses Course

Opportunity Expiration Date: 
Tue, 2014-04-15

What: the concept behind this course is to take some next steps in combining the content and ideas of several previous BITC courses: data capture, data cleaning, data analysis, etc. The idea is to analyze a set of data sets in parallel as regards a series of questions of interest. The data sets will be significant, original, regional summaries of the occurrence and diversity of major taxa: e.g., “birds of Zimbabwe,” “plants of the Ethiopian Highlands,” “frogs of the Congo Basin,” etc.

Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative

Opportunity Expiration Date: 
Wed, 2014-04-30

Belgium hosts important natural history collections, libraries, well-equipped research facilities and well-trained scientific and curatorial staff.

To ensure that this rich taxonomic patrimony can also serve taxonomists from the developing world, the Belgian GTI NFP annually issues two types of grants.

Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2014

Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:00 - Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:00
Event Description and Information: 

News from IFS (International Foundation for Sciences)

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT of Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2014

 Call will open:           December 1, 2013

Call will close:           January 31, 2014

 

Anticipated announcement of results:  July 31, 2014.

 

Full details and instructions on the submission procedure will be made available here when the call opens.

The following information is also available now:

»  Eligibility criteria (including eligible countries)

»  Application Forms  (for both 1st and renewal Grants)

»  Guidelines in English

»  Directives en franҫais (Guidelines in French)

»  IFS Individual Research Approach

»  Research Areas funded by IFS

Building workflows with Taverna workbench

Date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:31 - Friday, December 6, 2013 - 11:31
Location: 

Manchester, UK

Event Description and Information: 

5-6 December 2013, School of Computer Science, Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester, UK. M13 9PL.

Time
Thu 5th Dec, 2013, 10:00 – 17:00
Fri 6th Dec, 2013, 09:30 – 16:00

Format
The course is a two-day hands-on training event. The course will accommodate 10-15 researchers. The program consists of introductory lectures, practical computer work, and discussions. Researchers will be contacted upon admission in order to consider their own research objectives for the course.

Target community & qualifications
The target community is developers and data scientists working in all areas of biodiversity research, for example taxonomy, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, population genetics, species distribution and population modelling, bioinformatics, phylogenetics, or the like.

A pre-requisite for the course will be some level of exposure to computer programming, for example developing in R.

Objective
The training event will introduce participants to the BioVeL project, and teach the attendees how to:

  1. run workflows via the BioVeL portal
  2. develop workflows using the Taverna workbench,
  3. register and discover services in the biodiversity catalogue and 
  4. share workflows via myExperiment.

Background

In the last two decades the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function has become a central issue in ecology, while biodiversity loss has been identified as a major driver of ecosystem change. As a result, ecological research transforms into a species-rich scientific discipline with increased focus on the ability to document, study, and predict the biodiversity composition in ecosystems. However, the analysis of patterns of biodiversity over large temporal and spatial scales is still very difficult to achieve as it requires biologists and environmental scientists to integrate their expertise, data, and methodologies across the traditional biological disciplines.

The Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory, BioVeL, addresses this challenge. In the BioVeL, scientists and computer engineers are working together to develop tools for pipelining data and analysis into efficient analytical pipelines, called workflows. Workflows are complex digital data manipulations and modelling tasks that execute sequences of web services. BioVeL designs and deploys such workflows for a selected number of important areas in systematic, ecological, and conservation research, e.g. for the analysis of data sets with ecological, taxonomic, phylogenetic, and environmental information.

The workflows allow the researcher to

(i) explore, access, refine, and format large data sets from major data providers,
(ii) combine disparate data sets with the researchers' individual data, and
(iii) run complex and computationally intense analytical cycles.

Workshop topics
Introduction to the BioVeL technical infrastructure, practical workflow building using worked examples, utilising workflow components, discovering and registering services, sharing workflows.

Outcomes
After completion of course the participants are expected to be able to
-    Have an understating of the BioVeL infrastructure (Taverna workbench, portal, workflows, services)
-    Construct simple workflows in order to support their own biodiversity research
-    Discover and share workflows and webservices

Required preparation
-    Participants need to bring their own laptops.
-    Installation of the Taverna Workbench is required prior to the workshop. Simple online instructions will be provided.
-    Short CV/biography (½ page).
-    15 line research objectives, incl. any data you want to analyse and the scientific question you wish to address.

Program

Day 1

  • Session 1. will set the stage with a presentation of a scientific showcase based on a BioVeL Workflow, including a live demonstration of the workflow in action. We will continue with an overview of the BioVeL (www.biovel.eu) project, including a brief introduction to newly released workflows, including taxonomic data refinement, ecological niche modeling, metagenomic traits based analysis.
  • Session 2. will introduce the BioVeL technical infrastructure, including the Taverna Workbench, BioVeL Portal, myExperiment and Biodiversity Catalogue.
  • Session 3. will include a practical example of building a biodiversity workflow using the Taverna workbench. Including the discovery of services via biodiversity catalogue and sharing workflows via myExperiment.

Day 2

  • Session 3 continued.
  • Session 4. will include an introduction to building modular workflows using workflow components and a hands- on session where attendees will be able to address their own scientific questions by chaining together services discovered via biodiversity catalogue.

 

Registration Form

Introduction to workflows for taxonomic refinement, biogeographic analysis, and species distribution modelling

Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 11:27 - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 11:27
Location: 

Cardiff University, UK

Event Description and Information: 

26-27 November 2013, Cardiff University, UK

Background
In the last two decades the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function has become a central issue in ecology, while biodiversity loss has been identified as a major driver of ecosystem change. As a result, ecological research transforms into a species-rich scientific discipline with increased focus on the ability to document, study, and predict the biodiversity composition in ecosystems. However, the analysis of patterns of biodiversity over large temporal and spatial scales is still very difficult to achieve as it requires biologists and environmental scientists to integrate their expertise, data, and methodologies across the traditional biological disciplines.

The Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory, BioVeL, addresses this challenge by having scientists and computer engineers working together to develop tools for pipelining data and analysis into efficient analytical pipelines, called "workflows." Workflows are complex digital data manipulations and modeling tasks that execute sequences of web services. BioVeL designs and deploys such workflows for a selected number of important areas in systematic, ecological, and conservation research, e.g. for the analysis of data sets with ecological, taxonomic, phylogenetic, and environmental information.

BioVeL data refinement and ecological niche modelling workflows allow researchers to:

(i) explore, access, refine, and format large data sets from major data providers;

(ii) combine disparate data sets with the researchers' own data; and

(iii) run complex and computationally intense analytical cycles.

(iv) generate comparative maps of species distribution

Workshop Objective
The training workshop will teach the attendees in using the informatic tools and services developed by the BioVeL project to address research topics such as historical analyses, invasive species distribution modelling, endangered species distribution modelling, and dynamic modelling of ecologically related species. In particular, there will be  introductions to the BioVeL e-infrastructure, Taxonomic data cleaning, Taxonomic name resolution and synonym expansion, Ecological niche modelling, model testing, statistical analysis of GIS data, invasive and endangered species distribution modelling, historical comparison biodiversity from museum collections.

Outcomes
After completion of course the participants are expected to be able to
-    Perform their research using BioVeL e-infrastructure (portal, workflows, services)
-    Carry out research projects requiring including taxonomic data discovery and integration, and niche modelling
-    Initiate and participate in cross-disciplinary projects in biodiversity research

Required preparation
-    Participants need to bring their own laptops. All workflows offered will be browser-based and don’t need any desktop installations. A sample data set will be provided with each workflow.
-    Scientists should bring their own data and/or should have identified accessible data sources.

Target community & qualifications
This workshop is designed for scientists with a solid background in any of the relevant areas in biodiversity research, e.g. taxonomy, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, population genetics, species distribution and population modelling, bioinformatics, phylogenetics, etc. It is desirable that the attendees are working or planning to work with taxonomic revisions, biodiversity inventories, ecological assessments, descriptive studies, conservation projects, or analyses for the management of natural protected areas.

Format
The course is a two-day hands-on training event. 10-15 researchers will be admitted. The program consists of introductory lectures, practical computer work, and discussions.

After a short individual presentation, Day 1 will be dedicated to the preparation of data using BioVeL Data Refinement Workflow. The morning will focus on a general demonstration of the tool and exercise with a provided data set. In the afternoon, participants will work with their own data set and/or data from public sources. 

In Day 2 we will demonstrate the Ecological Niche modelling workflows, ask participants to practice with a provided data set. Then participants will run the workflows with their data prepared during day 1, addressing the scientific issues of their research interests.

To participate in the workshop, an application is required, and includes the following information:

  • Short CV/biography
  • 10 line explaning your scientific project objectives
  • Short description of the data you want to analyse, indication their origin (personal collection and/or public repositories)

Registration is available here.
Application deadline: 18 October, 2013
Notice of Admittance: 25 October, 2013

2013 CABIN call for data provider

The CABIN project (Central African Biodiversity Information Network) supported by the Directorate General of the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) and initiated by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is organising a second call for proposals for the mobilisation and on-line publication of biodiversity data from Sub-Saharan Africa during the last quarter of 2013.
 

Conference on Modern Phytomorphology Lviv, 14-16 may 2012

Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2012 - 11:46 - Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:46
Event Description and Information: 

The National Museum of Natural science of Lviv (Ukraine) will organize 14-16 May 2013 a conference on “Modern Phytomorphology”.

You’ll find more details in:

http://phytomorphology.org/conference-3/

http://phytomorphology.org/Files/I%20circular%20EN.pdf

 

The deadline to apply is 31/12/2012 but it will be probably be extended to Mid-January.

TDWG 2013 Call for Symposia and Workshops

Opportunity Expiration Date: 
Thu, 2013-01-31

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) will hold its annual conference in Florence, Italy on October 28 – November 1.  We are issuing a call for symposia or workshop proposals for the conference.  The theme of the meeting is Virtual Communities for Biodiversity Science and we are particularly interested in adding eScience topics to the program. Please send symposium/workshop proposals to the Programme Chair, Heimo Rainer (heimo.rainer(at)nhm-wien.ac.at) and General Secretary (secretary(at)tdwg.org) by January 15, 2013.

Invitation_Symposium "Nature and Governance" & EU BON KickOff in Berlin (11-15 Feb 2013)

Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 09:00 - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 18:00
Location: 
Event Description and Information: 

The EU BON project which is coordinated by the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin (Germany) has started on 1st December and will continue for 4.5 years. We are very happy to have you on board!

The EU BON KickOff meeting will be held in Berlin from 13-15 February 2013. The KickOff will be preceded by a Symposium "Nature and governance: biodiversity data, science and policy interface” from 11-12 February in Berlin with high-ranking speakers.

Main topics will be:

- What (data) policy needs?

- The future of biodiversity information: new ways for generating, managing, and integrating biodiversity data.

- How new approaches / models can link scales and disciplines.

- Broadening the base and opening up: new ways to engage the public and stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and assessments.

Herewith you are invited to share with us this outstanding Symposium and the EU BON KickOff meeting.

Please register for the Symposium and the EU BON KickOff on this website: http://www.symposium.eubon.eu/.

The booking form for the Seminaris Hotel is available on this website too.

For our planning it would be helpful if you would do your registration and your hotel booking soon.

The participation in both the Symposium and the Kickoff Meeting are free of charge. Accommodation and travel costs have to be covered by the partners themselves. It is advisable to have at least two colleagues from your institution/per partner attending.

Opportunities for funding and projects with the Belgian Science Policy Office Belspo

Opportunity Expiration Date: 
Thu, 2015-12-31

The Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo) issues regularly calls for proposals, information on European Open calls and different type of grants.

regularly consult : http://www.belspo.be/belspo/organisation/call_en.stm

For more information on EU projects and their helpdesk consult  EURODED, the contact point of the European Commission at Federal level : http://eurofed.stis.belspo.be/

 

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