Asia Regional Engagement Meeting and Symposium on Open Science and Data Use

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22 - 24 November 2022
Red Speckled Jewel Beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti)
Red Speckled Jewel Beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti (Gory, 1833) observed in Thailand, by Punnawis Onrthammarat (CC BY-NC 4.0)

The Asia Regional Engagement Meeting and Symposium on Open Science and Data Use aim to:

  1. Demonstrate the benefits brought by a global open biodiversity data infrastructure such as GBIF to local and regional economies,
  2. Strengthen the Asian GBIF community
  3. Showcase concrete examples on how freely accessible biodiversity data can help inform decisions related to conservation and other aspects of sustainable development including human health and food security.

The intended audience of this event is:

  • Asian GBIF nodes and Heads of Delegation
  • Representatives of international organisations and initiatives, and key regional stakeholders
  • Representatives of Asian governments not currently participating as formal members of GBIF
  • Representatives of Thai institutions



22 November 2022

Session Speaker(s)
Welcome address and opening speech Professor Dr. Polkit Sangvanich, Dean, Faculty of Science - Chulalongkorn University
Asst. Prof. Dr. Rawin Rawiwong, Director, National Science Museum
Mari TAKEHARA (Ms), Biodiversity Strategy Office, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan
Dr. Liam Lysaght, Chair of the GBIF Governing Board and Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre of Ireland πŸŽ₯
Tim Hirsch, Deputy Director, GBIF Secretariat πŸ“Š
GBIF, an international network and data infrastructure GBIF Secretariat
Data use for international platforms for policies Vinod Mathur, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Shiva Devkota, Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS) πŸ“Š
Dindo Campilan, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) πŸ“Š
Melodie McGeoch, La Trobe University / Global Registry of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) πŸ“Š
Yongyut Trisurat, Asia-Pacific BON πŸ“Š
The Biodiversity Fund for Asia (BIFA) programme - Overview and impact GBIF Secretariat πŸ“Š
Natapot Warrit, Chulalongkorn University πŸ“Š
Open science, biodiversity, and One Health Florence Fouque, The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (TDR) πŸ“Š
Joe Chun-Chia Huang, National Taiwan Normal University πŸ“Š
Open science, biodiversity, and food security Sangita Dubey, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations πŸ“Š
Maarten van Zonneveld, World Vegetable Center πŸ“Š
Panel discussion: Benefits brought by a global open biodiversity data infrastructure All speakers

23 November 2022

Session Speaker(s)
Introduction to use of GBIF-mediated data in Asia Andrew Rodrigues, GBIF Secretariat πŸ“Š
Unlocking relevant data Try Surya Harapan, Herbarium Universitas Andalas (ANDA) πŸ“Š
Rahul V Khot, Bombay Natural History Society πŸ“Š
Arman Pili, Monash University
Systems for Effective Decision Making Chih-Chin Shih (speaker), Jin-Jia Jang, Hsiao-Tien Hsieh and Chia-Tzu Chen, Taiwan Forestry Bureau πŸ“Š
Birendra Bajracharya, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Panel discussion: How can GBIF strengthen the links between open data and decision making in Asia? All session speakers
GBIF, an international network and data infrastructure: Perspectives from the GBIF community and partners Christian Elloran, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity πŸ“Š
Sophea CHHIN, Cambodia Node Manager and Chief Officer at the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia πŸ“Š
Contributions from GBIF node managers in Asia
Enhancing regional capacity GBIF Secretariat πŸ“Š
Melissa Liu, Lily Shrestha, Chihjen Ko & Vijay Barve, GBIF Asia support team πŸ“Š
Panel discussion: GBIF in Asia All session speakers

24 November 2022

25 November 2022

  • Excursion: Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

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