The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) hosts the joint Biodiversity Information Management and Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (BIM–FBIP) Forum from 14–17 August 2017, at the Salt Rock Hotel and Beach Resort in KwaZulu-Natal. This forum is aimed at harmonising Biodiversity Information Management–sharing between SANBI and its partners.

The BIMF, established in 2007, provides an opportunity for the biodiversity data community in South Africa to share information, discuss our practices and explore ways of improving the efficiency and impact of our work.

Since last year, the BIMF has joined with the FBIP Forum, and with this second Joint BIM–FBIP Forum, we aim to promote and further enhance networks, collaboration and the development of information management practice by the biodiversity science community.

The 2017 forum will have a strong focus on Collections Data Management. A standing item on the Forum programme will include a Postgraduate Student Forum, and the core programme will also be followed by a full day SANBI–GBIF Geo-referencing Training workshop.

Registration for the Forum is free to delegates. Participants will be required to make their own travel arrangements.

Key sessions for the 2017 Forum include:

  • The Global Data–Science–Policy Interface
  • Application and impact of biodiversity data: challenges and opportunities
  • The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme
  • The National Science Collections Facility
  • Advances in Data Science and Information Management: data analytics, big data, small data, data mining, data visualisation and information policy
  • Human Capital Development
  • Building the Biodiversity Informatics (BI) Africa agenda: supporting the mobilisation of biodiversity information in African countries
  • Assessments, monitoring frameworks and indicator development
  • Information systems and architecture

Call for Presentations

We are inviting delegates to showcase their work, achievements and questions related to the sessions and workshop themes identified above.

Contributions to the forum can be through:

  • Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Posters

If you would like to contribute to any of the themes and sessions above, or if you would like to facilitate a workshop, please send a short 200 word abstract by 16 June 2017 to

The abstracts should be in Calibri font, size 11 and 1.5 line spacing, and should be accompanied by the following: full names, title and affiliation of presenter and co-authors, and contact details of the presenter (including landline and cell phone numbers, an e-mail address and a postal address) and co-authors (e-mail address only). If accepted, the presentation length will be confirmed with you.

Please note that due to limited time, not all proposed presentations will be selected. Presentations need to be relevant to the sessions and criteria highlighted above in order to be considered. The Forum’s organising committee will confirm acceptance/rejection of papers by 23 June 2017.

Registration and Programme

Registration documents and the programme will be circulated with subsequent announcements.

The FBIP has some funds available to support the travel costs of participants who do not have access to other funding to attend the Forum. Details of the application process will be included with the next announcement.

Fatima Parker-Allie
Tel.: 021 799 8698

Lita Pauw
Tel.: 012 843 5113

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