We are pleased to invite nominations for the 2018 GBIF Young Researchers Award. This annual programme aims to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data.

The 2018 programme will provide €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two graduate students—preferably, one master’s and one PhD candidate—nominated by GBIF Participant countries.

Award recipients will be selected from the pool of nominees whose names are received by the GBIF Secretariat by 15 June 2018. The winners will be announced just prior to the 25th GBIF Governing Board meeting, to be held in Kilkenny, Ireland, in October 2018.

Candidates must be enrolled in a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award. Candidates must be either citizens of a country participating in GBIF or students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country. Nomination can come either from the country of citizenship or from the country of the candidate’s host institution.

Read more about the award and how to nominate candidates at GBIF.

We would like to welcome you to attend this year’s first GBIF webinar on Wednesday 31 of January. The GBIF Secretariat will present priorities, news and updates from the GBIF network.

As usual two sessions will be held during the same day—one at 7.30 UTC/GMT, the other at 11.30 UTC/GMT—in hope of reaching as many of you as possible. If you are unable to attend, please remember that you can always watch the recorded version at your convenience.

To join the meeting, visit: https://c.deic.dk/gbif-webinar-5
The agenda and timing for the first session are as follows (all times below are local to Sweden, CEST (UTC +2)):

SESSION #1

0930-0935 Welcome and introduction
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

0935-0955 GBIF Data Validator
Thomas Stjernegaard Jeppesen, GBIF Secretariat

0955-1005 2018 priorities
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

1005-1015 Q1 development and data priorities
Federico Mendez, GBIF Secretariat

1015–1035 GBIF.org exercises for nodes
Cristina Villaverde, GBIF Spain

1035–1055 #GBIF1billion campaign
Kyle Copas, GBIF Secretariat

1055-1100 Wrap-up (inc. ref to 2018 events)
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

SESSION #2

1330-1335 Welcome and introduction
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

1335-1355 GBIF Data Validator
Thomas Stjernegaard Jeppesen, GBIF Secretariat

1355-1405 2018 priorities
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

1405-1415 Q1 development and data priorities
Federico Mendez, GBIF Secretariat

1415–1435 GBIF.org exercises for nodes
Cristina Villaverde, GBIF Spain

1435-1455 #GBIF1billion campaign
Kyle Copas, GBIF Secretariat

1455-1500 Wrap-up (inc. ref to 2018 events)
Tim Hirsch, GBIF Secretariat

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