BiodiversityXL Community Event at NIOO

NIOO building with orchid
© Froukje Rienks / NIOO-KNAW

BiodiversityXL Community Event at NIOO


The next BiodiversityXL Community Event is coming up soon. People from NIOZ, Naturalis, Westerdijk Institute, NIOO and further afield will gather on Thursday afternoon 22 June. For a deep dive into all aspects of biodiversity research, and the ecological facilities at NIOO.

What to expect? Hands-and-heads-on sessions! Together, we will indeed dig deeper into biodiversity (research). What is needed, where can we cooperate, what methods or projects shall we develop? And how can we make the next steps and opportunities really concrete? Stay tuned.

Other things to expect are the launch of a new ecological research facilities website, meet-ups for lab assistants or PhD candidates, tours of the NIOO campus and 'science bites' from citizen science to serious games. So, a cross-fertilising and diverse mix of functional and fun. And all of this set around the exceptional building and ecological garden of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) when summer's just started on 22 June.

You are invited! Please register for the Event on the special website:


12.00 – 12.45    Arrival & Lunch
12.45 – 13.15    Welcome plenary & launch national ecological research facilities website

13.25 – 14.15    Parallel sessions round 1: dive in…
•    Open science – Biodiversity data
•    Research infrastructure – Molecular methods
•    Fresh ideas – Pressure cooker research proposals/collaborative experiments/sampling network (various themes)
•    Tours (NIOO and research facilities)

14.20 – 15.10    Parallel sessions round 2: hands/heads on
•    Open science – Biodiversity citizen science
•    Research infrastructure – What do we need?
•    Fresh ideas – Follow-up pressure cooker proposals
•    Tours (NIOO and research facilities)

15.10 – 15.40    Break & BioBlitz

15.40 – 16.30    Parallel sessions round 3: connecting!
•    Open science – Knowledge connection & impact
•    Research infrastructure – Research assistant meet up
•    Fresh ideas – Early career BXL meet up
•    Tours (NIOO and research facilities)

16.30 – 17.00    Conclusions of the day
17.00 – 18.00    Drinks & Science bites – with serious games

BiodiversityXL is the Centre of Excellence for Netherlands Biodiversity Research, launched by Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ-NWO) and Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute-KNAW. It is the meeting place for all people interested in the field of biodiversity research.