Data beyond borders: collaborating to support biodiversity information needs in Europe and beyond

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6 October 2022
09:00 - 17:00 CEST


Time Topic Speaker
9:00–10:30 Session 1
Setting the scene
Introduction and presentation of objectives of the meeting Tim Hirsch
Deputy Director, GBIF Secretariat
Opening remarks and welcome Anne Teller
Senior Policy Officer, Directorate General for the Environment (DG ENV), European Commission
Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) Thierry Dudermel
DG INTPA, European Commission
GBIF Joe Miller
Executive Secretary, GBIF
Biodiversa+ Hilde Eggermont
Biodiversa+ Chair/Coordinator, Belgium Science-Policy Office (BelSPO), Belgium
Rob Hendriks
Biodiversa+ Work Package co-leader, LNV, The Netherlands
GBIF national nodes Anne-Sophie Archambeau
Chair, GBIF Participant Nodes Committee & Node Manager, GBIF France
11:00—12:30 Session 2
Coordinating biodiversity networks for research and science policy across the European ecosystem
Europa Biodiversity Observation Network (EuropaBON) Henrique Pereira
Scientific Coordinator, EuropaBON & German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
European Environment Agency (EEA) Brian MacSharry
Head of Group of Biodiversity, EEA
European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD) Camino Liquete
Joint Research Centre, KCBD
13:30—15:00 Session 3
Biodiversity data supporting global development needs
Biodiversity Information for Development programme (BID) Maheva Bagard-Laursen
GBIF Secretariat
Pierre Radji
University of Lome & Node Manager, GBIF Togo
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Julien Calas
Senior Biodiversity Research Officer, AFD
Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) Philippe Tulkens
Head of Unit, Climate & Planetary Boundaries, DG RTD
15:30–17:00 Panel with all presenters and open discussion


This one-day symposium was jointly organized by the European Biodiversity Partnership (Biodiversa+) and GBIF on the margins of the 29th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board (GB29) in Brussels. Biodiversa+ gathers 74 research policy actors and environmental policy actors from 36 European and associated countries and is part of the European Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 that aims to strengthen the interface between science, policy and practice.

Co-hosting this symposium with GBIF provides a forum for key stakeholders to strengthen cooperation between Biodiversa+, GBIF, the European Commission, agencies, research programmes, infrastructures, networks and initiatives to deliver the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the 2050 vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’ adopted under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.


  • Explore and clarify the emerging landscape across EU-based institutions to support the provision of reliable biodiversity information supporting decision-making and research
  • Discuss and start to catalyse the collaborations needed to ensure coordination across national, regional and global scales to meet biodiversity information needs without duplication of effort
  • Demonstrate the relevance of EU-based initiatives for supporting the global activities and objectives of GBIF
Centre de Conférences Albert Borschette, CCAB, European Commission
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Etterbeek
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6 October 2022 09:00 - 17:00