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16 May 2022 GGBN 2023 Conference: October 17-20

The GGBN 2023 Conference hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes/Mexico will take place from Tuesday October 17th-Friday October 20th. Please save the date.


15 April 2022 Steinhardt Museum of Natural History makes tissues discoverable through GGBN

We are happy to announce the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv has made 10,086 tissue samples discoverable through the GGBN data portal, including 669 genera, 76 of which are new to GGBN. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History houses the largest, most important collection of East Mediterranean vertebrates (marine and fresh water, desert and Mediterranean vegetation) in the world. It contains thousands of tissue samples of taxa: from geographic variants to species and higher taxa not represented anywhere else.


12 April 2022 GGBN Newsletter

The GGBN 2022 Newsletter has just been released and is available through the GGBN Document Library 2022 Newsletter

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07 March 2022 GGBN-GGI Awards Call

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We are happy to announce the 2022 GGBN-GGI Awards Program. The program provides funding for projects that support the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's Data Portal. The proposal review committee will consider requests for up to 20,000 USD with clearly articulated budget justifications. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that represent institutions and collections 1) from the global south, 2) from countries with a low or middle-income (based on the latest WESP Economy by per capita GNI), and 3) that strategically address high-level taxonomic gaps in the GGBN Data Portal. It is mandatory that all data from funded projects are made available online on the GGBN Portal before 1 September 2024. The submission deadline for 2022 proposals is Monday May 23, 2022.

For more information, please visit our information page.

07 February 2022 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is seeking an independent contractor

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is seeking an independent contractor to provide administrative and project management support to the Global Genome Biodiversity Network General Secretariat Office for all GGBN activities. The contract period is for 12 months with options to extend.

Qualified individuals are invited to review the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ) and Statement of Work (SOW) for specifics. Details on what to include in the quote package and how to submit it are available in the RFQ. Interested parties should contact Katie Barker ( for a copy of the RFQ and SOW.

Responses are due Monday, February 28th, 8am EST. Applicants should register as a federal contractor in the System for Award Management (SAM) concurrently to responding to the RFQ.

Please forward this announcement to any qualified candidates who might be interested. Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

31 January 2022 United States National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Biorepository Workshop (Feb 2-4)

The upcoming virtual United States National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Biorepository Workshop (Feb 2-4) will include a variety of biologists and curators, including those from several GGBN member institutions, to discuss the development of a biorepository for Antarctic biological specimens! This 3-day workshop, led by co-chairs Dr. Elizabeth Crockett and co-chair Dr. Kristen O'Brian (Institute of Arctic Biology & Department of Biology and Wildlife University of Alaska, Fairbanks), aims to assess the current state of Antarctic collections, evaluate strategies for maximizing specimen visibility/accessibility, and address the need and scope for a biorepository of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biological specimens. The agenda & more info can be found on the workshop website.

19 January 2022 PNAS Special Feature on Earth Biogenome Project Published

The PNAS special feature on the Earth Biogenome Project is now online, see: GGBN is an EBP partner, co-authoring several publications as part of this special feature.