A New Voyage of Discovery: Next-generation Biodiversity Discovery

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Organiser: the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London

A New Voyage of Discovery: Next-generation Biodiversity Discovery

Science Policy Lecture 2015

jointly organised by the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London

18:00 Thursday 16th April 2015

Natural History Museum

This is a time of extraordinary opportunities for taxonomy, systematics and understanding the natural world. Advances in digital and genomic technologies, together with mass citizen science and globally available natural history information, promise to revolutionise not only how we do our fundamental science but also how we work together and share information. There is also a growing expectation for publicly-funded science to tackle major societal issues and for scientific communities to work together to make this possible. This environment poses substantial questions for taxonomy and systematics, which differ from other ‘big science' areas because of the combination of the importance of expert non-professionals around the world, the reliance on distributed collections, and the need to assemble a complex and dynamic framework of information.

Tonight, Professor Ian Owens, Director of Science at the Natural History Museum, London, will ask how the taxonomy and systematic community should exploit these opportunities: what are the 'grand challenges' that will excite funders; how will we develop a coordinated national ­ or even international ­ strategy; and how can we inspire future generations to embark on a new voyage of discovery?

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary.

Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17:30 and a wine reception will follow.