When? Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (starting at 12:00 pm) until
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (ending at 5:00 pm)
Where? The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (Leibniz Association)
Museumsmeile Bonn, Adenauerallee 160, 53113, Bonn, Germany
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October 2020 in Kunming, China* to negotiate and define the international biodiversity targets for the next 10 years. In parallel to these discussions, the issue of benefit sharing from “Digital Sequence Information” (DSI) arising from Genetic Resources accessed under the Nagoya Protocol and CBD will also be negotiated. At stake in these negotiations for biologists is open access to sequence data via the large public databases.
In order to avoid worst-case scenarios, science-based solutions for benefit sharing that do not endanger open access are urgently needed. The scientific community must engage and proactively develop interdisciplinary and fair solutions for all concerned in advance of these negotiations. To this end, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded an interdisciplinary project led by the Leibniz Institute DSMZ and the Leibniz Institute IPK Gatersleben to research DSI policy options and involve the scientific stakeholder community.
To better understand the scientific needs and involve scientists in these policy developments, we will host the workshop on “Digital Sequence information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions”.
*Please note that the meeting has now been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Thomas Greiber - Overview of the CBD decision-making process surrounding DSI
Dr. Amber Hartman Scholz - Crossing the Rubicon: the BMBF WiLDSI project -- what are its goals?
Torsten Thiele - Crash course in international finance mechanisms
Dr. Carmen Richerzhagen - Crash course in non-monetary benefit sharing
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar - Sequence Information in Zoosystematics
Véronique Helfer - Use of ‘omics for tropical ecosystems research
Michael T. Monaghan - The Critical Role of DSI in Freshwater Biodiversity and Evolution Research
Alexander Sczyrba - Large scale metagenome analyses in the cloud
Graphic recordings (by Katrin Faensen) of the Bonn workshop. Click to enlarge the image.
Download the workshop report here.