BIOSCAN launches at iBOL Conference 2019Trondheim, Norway
Meeting of the SCience COmmittee
The iBOL Science Committee (SC) and iBOL Board of Directors met alongside the conference to advance thinking around the delivery of BIOSCAN. These discussions identified major elements for inclusion within a strategic plan for the program. This plan must address several major themes:
- An inclusive global community of practice with the skills and linkages needed to survey and monitor all species via barcoding and metabarcoding.
- World-class infrastructure for low-cost sequencing and bioinformatics to support global-scale biodiversity monitoring.
- Efficient and reproducible approaches for DNA-based sampling and monitoring of all eukaryotic groups in all ecosystems.
- Data and knowledge products that maximise the ability of science and society to explore and interpret species richness and patterns of biodiversity.
- Sustainable and persistent operation of core infrastructure and preservation of samples, DNA and data from barcoding and metabarcoding activities.
Within each of these areas, there are challenges to address around increasing engagement within more countries across more stakeholder groups, developing or improving protocols and standards for all taxa and ecosystems, and collaborative efforts to secure the estimated $180 million in funding required for the program globally.