BIMF-FBIP Forum 2016

Joint Biodiversity Information Management Forum (BIMF) & Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Forum 2016


10th – 13th May 2016, Colophon Seminar Room, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town


Application for travel assistance closes: 25 April 2016

Registration closes: 3 May 2016


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The hosting of the 2016 joint BIMF-FBIP forum provides an opportunity to reconnect with the community, and to share information, advancements and opportunities. An exciting programme is planned including sessions on the FBI Programme and National Coordination, Human Capital Development, Regional Engagement in Biodiversity Information Management, Information Systems and Data Management. The Forum will include a Post-graduate session on the afternoon of the 12th of May, as well as a SANBI-GBIF Georeferencing training on the 13th May. Registration for the forum is free and includes all lunches and two evening functions. Participants will be required to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements unless by prior arrangement.

The key focus of the joint BIMF-FBIP forum is to harmonise biodiversity information sharing across institutions and to bring about a holistic understanding of institutional needs, priorities and capacity relating to biodiversity data across the sector.


The poster session is for participants to exhibit posters and/or banners reflecting their foundational biodiversity information-related work. Viewing time will be on 10 May from 18:00-19:00.


The Forum will be held on the afternoon of the 12th of May in conjunction with the BIMF-FBIP Forum and is directed at post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working on foundational biodiversity information-related projects including systematics, taxonomy and other disciplines that generate or that use foundational biodiversity information (e.g. DNA barcodes or sequence data, specimen or observation data).


The full-day training event will be held on the 13th May, alongside the conference.  The training will be hosted by SANBI and co-hosted by Iziko Museums, National Museum of Bloemfontein and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.  This workshop is targeted at scientists, conservation planners, biodiversity informatics practitioners and academics, interested in achieving improved data quality.  Minimum requirements for participants include the following:

  1. Relevant Bachelor’s degree in natural or earth science such as biology, botany, zoology, forestry, geography, or a related field of biodiversity informatics, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  2. Good knowledge and experience in working with biodiversity data

iii. Commitment to apply and disseminate skills


To apply for travel assistance, applicants must complete the relevant section on the registration form and submit it by 25 April 2016 to qualify. NB. Students must include a letter of recommendation from their supervisors.


Application for travel assistance closes: 25 April

Registration closes: 3 May

Official opening of Forum: 10 May (9:30)

Cocktail & Poster evening: 10 May

Garden Tour and Dinner at Moyo’s, Kirstenbosch: 11 May

Training workshops for biodiversity data management: 12 May (10:00 – 13:15)

Working Group for Specify: 12 May (14:00 – 17:00)

Post-graduate Forum: 12 May (14:00 – 17:00)

SANBI-GBIF Georeferencing training: 13 May (9.00-16.00)


For more information on the Joint Forum, contact Fatima Parker-Allie, (+27 (0)21 799 8698) or Lita Pauw at  (+27 12 843 5113)