KU Biodiversity Institute to host Digital Data Conference

Lawrence – The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum will host the 8th Annual iDigBio Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference in collaboration with the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA) from May 29 through 31, 2024. The conference will take place both as a virtual event via Zoom and an in-person event at The Burge Union at the University of Kansas.

The theme of the conference is, "Synthesizing & Harmonizing Data for Integrated Biodiversity Research," and will highlight the uses of digitized data across all biodiversity disciplines, with an emphasis on digitized specimen data and the potential for big data analytics in organismal biology. This hybrid event will draw national and international participants and speakers to Lawrence for three days of oral sessions, posters, collection tours, and social events. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, discoveries, and outcomes across the biodiversity sciences.



Esteemed plenary speakers include KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum curators Town PetersonBruce Lieberman, and Jocelyn Colella as well as Joanna Slusky from KU Molecular Biosciences. Presentations will focus on connecting biodiversity to other disciplines, facilitating ecological discovery and understanding, managing systematic collections, and more.

Registration for the event is now open and accessible online. Registration fees range from $25.00-$175.00, depending on virtual or in-person participation.