Biodiversity Summit 2020 postponed

In-person meeting of GBIF Governing Board to move online: details forthcoming

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), demonstrating best practice in social distancing above Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Photo 2019 scavone via iNaturalist Research-grade Observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

Like you, the organizers behind Biodiversity Summit 2020 are navigating the rapidly changing landscape of life and work accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that the effects of the current health and travel restrictions will linger—and that peaks are likely to occur at different times around the world—we have decided to postpone the event previously planned for Alexandria, Virginia, from 20-25 September 2020 until next year. Dates and details for the 2021 event will follow shortly.

Meanwhile, we can already confirm that TDWG and GBIF will hold virtual governance meetings this year and that iDigBio and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History look forward to hosting the international biodiversity community in the U.S. next year.

Difficult as the decision is, we feel it is the best step to ensure the long-term health, well-being and safety of our community. We hope that you are able to set the same priority for yourself, your family and your colleagues.