RBG Kew söker biodiversitetsinformatiker

Publicerat av GBIF-Sweden --

Four posts (three of them permanent) are open in the newly created Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis department at RBG Kew ( http://bit.ly/kew-bisa). Summaries below, further details and online applications here: http://careers.kew.org

Lead Biodiversity Informatician (Full time, permanent). The post holder will provide technical oversight and expertise to science staff, stakeholders and collaborators, and will be expected to engage in, oversee and deliver projects of great impact to scientists, managers, users and stakeholders at Kew enabling them to work better through the application of modern, innovative solutions and technologies. The post holder will help to shape biodiversity informatics establishing it as a science at Kew and will be responsible for their own grant funded research project (BI) within a discrete area of a wider research programme. https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/lead-biodiversity-informatician-227164.html.

Lead Developer (Web) (Full time, permanent). Working with the Director of Science and the senior managers, the post holder will facilitate the disseminate of our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management. https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/lead-developer-web-227169.html.

Research Leader - Data Science & Curation (Full time, permanent.). The post holder will develop data driven research and lead a small but expert curatorial team. https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/research-leader-data-science-curation-227167.html.

Content Digitiser - Plants of the World Online Portal Project (Full time, 18 month contract). The Biodiversity Informatics team is undertaking an ambitious new project to deliver an online global resource for plants: the Plants of the World Online Portal (POWOP). The project is high profile and innovative and the team requires a motivated, enthusiastic content digitiser to help us deliver.

Nicky Nicolson Senior Research Leader, Biodiversity Informatics http://bit.ly/kew-science-nicky +44-20-8332-5712.

Dags att söka Synthesys-anslag för forskarutbyte!

Publicerat av GBIF-Sweden --

Research funding opportunity for European scientists in natural sciences.

SYNTHESYS Funding is available to scientists based in European Member, Associate and Candidate States to undertake short visits to utilise the collections and analytical facilities at one of the 17 partner institutions for the purposes of their research. Call 3 for proposals is open with a deadline at Thursday 15th October 2015. Visits need to be implemented during 2016.

New – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart are now offering Access as part of DE-TAF.

New – SE-TAF offers access to state-of-the-art instruments at Vegacenter which permit innovative research in the field of geoscience

The SYNTHESYS grant covers research costs, international travel, accommodation, a Per Diem contributing towards living costs, and logistical support while at the visiting institution. Participation is free of charge. A typical visit duration is ca 3 weeks. Please visit www.synthesys.info for full details on how to apply for funding, and the list of all SYNTHESYS partner institutions and their facilities.

Extended deadline 31/7: ForBio and DialPast course ”innovation in science through science communication”

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

Dear Systematikföreningen!

There are still a few places left on this unique ForBio course. DialPast and ForBio course “Innovation in science through science communication”, taking place at Natural Science Library, University of Oslo, September 14 – 18, 2015.

In this course you will get training in communicating your own research and field to different target groups. You will get an overview of the different genres and new ways to communicate in order to achieve what you want. In addition to the basics, you will gain skills in scientific storytelling, essay writing, graphic design, oral presentations and interviews. You will learn how to visualise your own hypotheses and research, how to write a killer essay and news items, how to use essay writing in order to improve your own research process, how to talk to the crowd and journalists, and how to think more strategic about science communication. You will be coached to publish a killer essay or news item made during the course in suitable media. Other writing and designs are intended to contribute directly to your own research and scientific publications.

Deadline for applying is July 31, 2015.

More information about the course and how to register can be found at http://www.forbio.uio.no/events/courses/2015/scicomm.html


ForBio/Hugo and Magnus

Task groups to help make data more ‘fit for use’ in key research areas

Publicerat av GBIF.org --


GBIF has assembled a pair of panels of international experts to explore how best to improve the use and application of GBIF-mediated data in agrobiodiversity and distribution modelling.

Each task group will assess coverage and completeness of data—often referred to as ‘fitness for use’— and lend its expertise to recommend approaches that could improve research and applications in these thematic areas. Their work is part of a broader strategy to engage expert communities of interest to understand how biodiversity data are applied in particular use cases.

“The discovery and use of relevant data is critical for research fields such as distribution modelling, an approach increasingly used for informed decision-making” says Dmitry Schigel, programme officer for content analysis and use.

“The two task groups will help improve the fit of available data for agrobiodiversity and distribution modelling research communities,” he explains.

The task groups will consult with other experts, gather opinions and share insights on data publishing and use. The groups also expect to document best practices for agrobiodiversity or distribution modelling uses and provide recommendations to enhance GBIF.org to support user needs.

Task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity

Chair: Elizabeth Arnaud, who works with Bioversity International, has a background in data management and has coordinated the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS), the CGIAR System-wide Information System on Genetic Resources (SINGER) and the development of the Bioversity geospatial database for collected crop samples.

Nora Castañeda from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) works on assessing conservation needs of forest and crop genetic resources globally.

Dag Endresen from the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo and Node Manager of GBIF Norway, was previously Knowledge Systems Engineer at the GBIF Secretariat. He has experience in predictive modelling of environmental factors influencing adaptive crop traits, spatial data analysis, and gene bank data modelling including a proposed mapping between the Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD) and the Darwin Core standard.

Jean Cossi Ganglo, Professor of Forestry at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, and Node Manager, GBIF Benin, leads a research team on forest dynamics, plant sociology and biodiversity informatics.

Ebrahim Jahanshiri works as CropBASE coordinator at Crops for the Future and is involved in developing online knowledge systems for underutilized crops and customized cloud-based data management and computational engines for scientific research especially in the area of crop performance simulation, crop-climate matching and genetic resources. 

Yves Vigouroux, population geneticist at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) works on several crops of Africa and America and leads a team of researchers working on human activities and dynamics of plant genetic diversity (Dynadiv).

Task group on data fitness for use on distribution modelling

Chair: Jorge Soberón Mainero, Professor and senior scientist at the University of Kansas (United States)

Robert Anderson
Professor of Biology, City University of New York (United States)

Miguel Bastos Araújo
Research professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences,  Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen and University of Évora

Antoine Guisan
Associate professor in ecology, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Jorge Miguel Lobo
Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid (Spain).

Enrique Martínez Meyer
Researcher at the Institute of Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Townsend Peterson
Professor at University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute

Photo: Peruvian potatoes. By Scott Bauer, 626USDA Agricultural Research Service. Public domain image.