Open Science Conference
& All Hands Meeting 2020

06-10 July 2020, 100% VIRTUAL

COVID-19 Update

7th June - Deadline Early bird registration

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About the Conference

The GEO BON Open Science Conference and All Hands Meeting 2020 will be a milestone event that will bring together all those involved and interested in the development of Biodiversity Observation Networks and Essential Biodiversity Variables, as well as their potential to support global biodiversity monitoring and conservation post 2020... Read more




Monday to Friday
06 - 10 July, 2020

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More than 200 abstracts submitted!

by Jessica Junker | May 26, 2020

We received more than 200 abstracts for our GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2020! Session topics range from biodiversity monitoring and modelling of genetic composition, specie...

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Registration now open!

by Jessica Junker | May 20, 2020

Please register for the fully virtual GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting, 2020 via this website (or follow this link: Deadline for Early Bird Regist...

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Check out the guest speakers at our conference!

by Jessica Junker | May 15, 2020

We are happy to announce confirmed participation of the following keynote and panel speakers: William Cheung, Melodie Mc Geoch, Carlo Rondinini, Becky Chaplin Kramer, David Cooper, Anne Larigauderie, ...

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Keynote Speakers

Professionals from around the globe

Speaker 1

William Cheung

UBC / Canada

Speaker 2

Melodie Mc Geoch

Monash University / Australia

Speaker 3

Carlo Rondinini

Sapienza University / Italy

Speaker 4

Becky Chaplin Kramer

Stanford University / USA

Speaker 6

David Cooper

CBD / Canada

Speaker 5

Anne Larigauderie

IPBES / Germany

Speaker 11

Scott Loarie

iNaturalist / USA

Panel Speakers

Panel Speakers on BON Development

Speaker 7

David Obura

CORDIO / Kenya

Speaker 8

Aletta Bonn

iDiv / Germany

Speaker 9

Haigen Xu

NIES / China

Speaker 10

Maria Cecilia Londoño

Humboldt Institute / Colombia

Speaker 12

Tom Christensen

Aarhus University / Denmark

Speaker 13

Lucy Waruingi

African CS / Kenya

Conference Schedule

Programme published by the GEO BON secretariat

Tentative Agenda | Download PDF


Tentative list to be confirmed when the program is published

Genetic Composition
Species Populations
Species Traits
Community Composition
Ecosystem Structure
Ecosystem Function
Ecosystem Services
Development of Biodiversity Observation Networks
Marine biodiversity monitoring
Freshwater biodiversity monitoring
Soil biodiversity monitoring
Monitoring biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region (AP BON)
Monitoring biodiversity in the Americas (Americas BON)
Monitoring biodiversity in the Arctic (CBMP)
Monitoring biodiversity in Europe
Monitoring biodiversity in Africa
Policy support
Remote Sensing
EBV data


Participation to the Open Science Conference and All Hands meeting

Early Bird (until 7th June)
Late Bird

MSc and PhD students
Early Bird (until 7th June)
Late Bird

Developing countries
Early Bird (until 7th June)
Late Bird

* We understand that even a reduced fee might be challenging for some as budgets are being cut or frozen during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, if you would like to request a full waiver of the registration fees, please send an email with the subject “OSC2020 – waiver request” to the sooner possible and no later than May 31st. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your request.


Members of the Organizing and Scientific Committee

  • Henrique Miguel Pereira GEO BON Co-Chair
    Mike Gill GEO BON Co-Chair
    Gary Geller NASA Ecological Forecasting Program
    Laetitia Navarro GEO BON Executive Secretary
    Christian Langer GEO BON IT Officer
    Nestor Fernandez Biodiversity Scientist
    HyeJin Kim Biodiversity Scientist
    Karolin Dietrich GEO BON Administrative Assistant
    Laura Catalina Quintero Uribe Doctoral Researcher
    Jessica Junker Postdoc / Scientific guest
    Annika Zuleger GEO BON Research Assistant
  • Name Institution Country Capacity
    Andreas Bruder University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland Switzerland Freshwater BON
    Tom Christensen Aarhus University Denmark Arctic BON
    Brian O'Connor Mott MacDonald UK Ecosystem Structure WG
    Mark Costello University of Auckland New Zealand Marine BON, Species Traits WG
    Nicholas Coops The University of British Columbia Canada Remote Sensing TF
    Jean-Denis Vigne National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) France French BON
    Yvan Le Bras National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) France French BON
    Simon Ferrier CSIRO Australia Community Composition WG, EBV Development TF
    Ilse Geijzendorffer Tour du Valat France Ecosystem Services WG
    Carlos Guerra iDiv Germany Soil BON
    Sean Hoban Morton Arboretum USA Genetic Composition WG
    Margaret Hunter U.S. Geological Survey USA Genetic Composition WG
    Walter Jetz Yale University USA Species Populations WG
    Jens Kattge Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry Germany Species Traits WG
    Anna MacDonald Australian National University Australia Genetic Composition WG
    Melodie McGeoch Monash University Australia Species Populations WG
    Robert Guralnick University of Florida USA Data TF
    Frank Muller-Karger University of South Florida USA Marine BON
    Eun-Shik Kim Kookmin University, Seoul South Korea AP BON
    Daniel Kissling University of Amsterdam The Netherlands Coordinator GLOBIS-B, Data TF
    Pedro J. Leitão Technische Universität Braunschweig Germany Ecosystem Function WG
    Maria Cecilia Londoño Alexander von Humboldt Institute Colombia Colombia Colombia BON, BON Development WG
    Ilaria Palumbo Joint Research Centre Italy Ecosystem Structure WG
    Isabel Sousa Pinto University of Porto Portugal Marine BON
    Michael Schaepman University of Zurich Switzerland Coordinator BioDiscovery & GlobDiversity
    Ghada El Serafy DELTARES Netherlands Ecosystem Function WG, Coordinator ECOPOTENTIAL
    Odirilwe Selomane University of Stockholm Sweden Ecosystem Services WG
    Andrew Skidmore University of Twente The Netherlands Remote Sensing TF
    Wilfried Thuiller University Grenoble Alpes France Community Composition WG
    Eren Turak Office of Environment & Heritage Australia Freshwater BON
    Maria Vallejos University of Buenos Aires Argentinia Ecosystem Services WG
    Sheila Vergara University of the Philippines Los Baños Philippines AP BON
    Petteri Vihervaara Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki Finland BON Development WG
    Diana Wall Colorado State University USA Soil BON
    Haigen Xu Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences China China BON
    Tetsukazu Yahara Kyushu University Japan AP BON

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