Biodiversity focus of INFOBIOM workshop – register now

Biodiversity will be the focus for the INFOBIOM networks first workshop. Datasets, methods and remotely sensed data will be discussed.
The Earth’s biodiversity suffers a catastrophic decline due to human impact on the environment. In response, a comprehensive, ambitious, long-term strategy for protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems, that includes actions and commitments to halt biodiversity loss, has been adopted by the European Commission. Forest ecosystems, including boreal forests, represent one of the most species-rich habitat types worldwide. However, biodiversity is notoriously difficult to map and monitor. INFOBIOM will address the indicators used in assessment of habitat quality and hence the preservation of biodiversity in the first workshop arranged by the network.
This first workshop has primarily three topics:
1 Overview of available datasets that are relevant for biodiversity monitoring in forests such as NFIs and similar programs
2 Interesting methods and techniques for assessing biodiversity in the field such as meta-barcoding, acoustic devices, proximal sensing
3 Innovative approaches for mapping biodiversity using remotely sensed data.
Date: 24th–25th November 2022
Place: Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo, Norway
Deadline for registration is 20th October. You will be asked to provide a max 150 words abstract of your contribution in the registration form. Please indicate which topic your contribution best fits to.
The two-day workshop includes refreshments, lunch, a social dinner, and is free of charge. The event starts at 10:00 on Thursday 24th and ends at 15:00 on Friday 25th of November 2022.
The workshop is open to all genders and orientations as well as cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Non-inclusive language and behavior is unwanted. 
Note that every participant is responsible to book accommodation independently of the registration. Room booking codes for the event hotel will be available soon here.
Funds: Hotel and travel costs need to be covered by the participants. INFOBIOM partner organizations have funds to cover these costs. A limited number of researchers from the Nordic and Baltic countries and Germany that are not employees of INFOBIOM partner organizations can receive travel stipends. Especially young researchers are encouraged to apply for these. Besides the quality of the contribution (abstract), an even representation of the three main topics will be considered in the evaluation. Lastly, historically underrepresented groups, women, lgbt+ folks, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We encourage all participants to travel in a way that minimizes the carbon footprint of the journey. The diet at the workshop will for the same reason be vegetarian.
INFOBIOM is a SNS-funded network of Nordic researchers that brings together experts in forest monitoring and biodiversity. The network is led by NIBIO and includes NINA, LUKE, SYKE, SLU, Uni Copenhagen, and Uni Århus as partners.
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