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February 1 2024 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences joins GGBN!

We are pleased to announce the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) has joined GGBN! Located in Brussels, Belgium, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has 6,000 DNA samples, 6,500 tissue samples, and 38,000 specimens in their collections.

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January 4 2024 2023 SYNTHESYS Biobanking Handbooks are Now Available!

The fourth (and last) publication of the GGBN-led SYNTHESYS+ work package NA3: "Molecular collections in the age of genomics – standards & processes" has been released! They are now posted to the GGBN Document Library. Click here to take a look!

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January 4 2024 2023 GGBN Report Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the GGBN December 2023 Report is now available! This report highlights GGBN contributions, conferences, online discoverability and more from the past year. Head to the GGBN Document Library to take a look!

December 7 2023 Tissue Samples Made Discoverable Through GGBN

We are excited to announce the organizations who provided data for the first time in 2023: CMN, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of Nature, INRAE, Paris, National Institute of Research for Agriculture, Food and Environment, HNT, San Marino, The Huntington, and UNAL, Bogota, Universidad Nacional de Colombia / National University of Colombia.

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December 6 2023 National Herbarium of Rwanda, University of Rwanda joins GGBN

We are happy to announce that the National Herbarium of Rwanda[1] at the University of Rwanda has joined GGBN. Collections include 50 eDNA and 20,000+ tissue samples representing plants, terrestrial invertebrates, and vertebrates. Samples are managed with Symbiota and Excel.

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The GGBN 2023 International Conference Presentations are Available to Watch on YouTube

The 2023 GGBN International Conference presentations are now available to watch on our YouTube page here! Check out some of the amazing talks from the conference!

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November 06 2023 GGBN 2023 GGBN Announces 2025 Conference Host

We are happy to announce the South African National Biodiversity Institute and Biodiversity Biobanks South Africa as the host for the 2025 GGBN Conference in Cape Town, South Africa! Learn more about the institute here

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October 16 2023 GGBN 2023 Conference Program Available Now

The 2023 GGBN International Conference program is now available to view here! Click to see presentation details, recommendations to do during your stay in Aguascalientes (if in person) and more.

September 7 2023 Hybrid Registration for 2023 GGBN International Conference Available Now

The 2023 GGBN International Conference will now be hybrid for those who want to join via Zoom! Virtual participants can register for $50 on Etix. There is also still time to register for those who want to attend the conference in person! Click HERE to register.

August 11 2023 NEON Biorepository, Arizona State University joins GGBN

We are pleased to announce the NEON Biorepository, Arizona State University has joined GGBN. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the NEON Biorepository has 31,358 DNA samples, 43,814 tissue samples, and 104,564 environmental samples.

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August 07 2023 GGBN 2023 Conference: Abstract Submissions and General Registration Close August 31st

We are still accepting abstracts for the upcoming GGBN International Conference on Biodiversity Biobanking, taking place 17-20 October 2023 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Please see the latest conference announcement attached for session details.

Important deadlines: General registration closes August 31st, late registration is open from September 1-October 1. The last day to submit your abstracts is August 31st.

Please submit your abstracts and complete registration HERE

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June 23 2023 Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), Bethlehem University joins GGBN

We are pleased to announce the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), Bethlehem University has joined GGBN. The biodiversity biobank collection includes over 200 DNA and 300 tissue samples representing plants, terrestrial invertebrates, and vertebrates. In addition to tissues and DNAs, the collection also includes environmental samples.

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June 22 2023 GGBN 2023 Conference: Early Registration Closes June 30

Early registration and abstract submission for the GGBN 2023 Conference is now open through June 30th, don't miss your chance at the discount rates! General registration will be open from July 1-August 31.

This year's conference is intended to communicate ideas, new tools, expertise on biodiversity and environmental biobanking, and to encourage the community to make genomic collections public and broadly available for research while respecting the spirit of the Nagoya Protocol.

Registration, conference agenda, hotel, travel, and abstract submissions are now available on the conference website. Don't miss your chance to register for this in-person conference as rates are scheduled to increase.


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We look forward to seeing you in Mexico this October 17-20.

June 14 2023 New Collections Update

The GGBN platform has recently added 1323 records of tissue and DNA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia's GERPH collection. These samples are associated with the project "Discovering vertebrate host and their blood parasites in Colombia's wildlife"

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May 1 2023 GGBN 2023 Conference Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open

This year's conference is intended to communicate ideas, new tools, expertise on biodiversity and environmental biobanking, and to encourage the community to make genomic collections public and broadly available for research while respecting the spirit of the Nagoya Protocol.

Registration, conference agenda, hotel, travel, and abstract submissions are now available on the conference website. Don't miss your chance to register for this in-person conference as rates are scheduled to increase.

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April 5 2023 GGBN 2023 Conference Registration and Abstract Submission Open May 1

GGBN 2023 Conference registration and abstract submission will open Monday, May 1st.

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January 27 2023 Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro joins GGBN

We are happy to announce that the Museu Nacional (MNRJ) at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/Brazil has joined GGBN. Collections include 850 DNA and 627 tissue samples representing marine invertebrates. Samples are managed with Specify. MNRJ is a 2021 GGBN Awards program awardee.

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18 January 2023 AGIR at the Universite D'Abomy-Calavi joins GGBN

We are happy to announce that the Integrated Resource Management Association(AGIR) at the Universite D'Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin has joined GGBN, which includes the Herbier National du Benin and the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences. Collections include silica and environmental samples representing 186 plant species.

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