Inaugural Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference

Posted November 3, 2016 - 9:47am

The Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics and BGI invite you to the Inaugural Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference in Washington, D.C. February 21-23, 2017 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the JW Marriott.

Registration deadlines for talks and posters is November 15, 2016.

The Keynote Address will feature Dr. E. O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Edward O. Wilson is regarded as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists. During his long career, Dr. Wilson has applied his scientific perspective and experience to illuminate the human circumstance, including human origins, human nature, and human interactions. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Creation and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and Naturalist. Wilson has been a pioneer in spearheading efforts to preserve and protect the biodiversity of this planet. His most recent book, Half-Earth, concludes his trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence.

Confirmed Plenary and Featured Speakers include: 
May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrew Clark, Cornell University
Thomas Gilbert, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Harris Lewin, University of California – Davis
Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin
Gene Robinson, Institute for Genomic Biology
Oliver Ryder, San Diego Zoo
Pamela Soltis, University of Florida
Robert Wayne, The University of California, Los Angeles

The conference will bring together thought leaders and research and academic scientists and IT professionals. The conference will feature interactions and synergies among biodiversity researchers,technologists, software developers, and research computing professionals discussing topics related with Diversity, Environmental, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics.

Sessions will include invited speakers as well as selected talks and posters from applicants, including students.

Attendance will be limited to 450 people.

Registration information visit:

Tuesday Feb 21 will be the first official conference day including an evening event in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday Feb 22 and Thursday Feb 23 will be held at the Conference facilities at the JW Marriott near the NMNH, and poster reception will be the evening of the 22nd.

The conference will conclude Thursday late afternoon.

Monday Feb 20 will consist of pre-conference meetings and student workshops.

Please direct questions to Warren Johnson at: