Task Force Communications and Outreach

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Program of Work

  • Recruit new members and partners
  • Identify strategic partners for increased cross-communication to target groups
    • Biobanks, researchers
  • Expand GGBN online collections, fill in gaps with target projects
  • Raise awareness of ABS and importance of genomic collections

Current Activities

  • Developing benefits-focused promotional material for collections and researchers, including a strategy document with target goals for 2025.
  • Performing user experience review of the GGBN website to inform redesign of the website’s architecture.
  • Expanding GGBN online collections through member recruitment and support, partnership development, and the GGBN-GGI Awards Program.
  • Filling gaps in tutorials for making genetic collections discoverable
  • Promote awareness of genetic sample information through the website, social media, listserv, annual newsletter, workshops and conferences
  • Engaging genetic collections and genetic collections users through social media (English, Spanish and Chinese speaking platforms), GGBN website, listservs, and meetings


Related Resources

Current Members

  • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2011-present), Acting Chair
  • Alysha Chadderdon, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2016-present)
  • Jason Chen, China National Genebank (2016-present)
  • Gabi Droege, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (2011-present)
  • Kyndall Hildebrandt, University of Alaska, Museum of the North (2019-present)
  • Kakha Nadiradze, Association for Farmers Rights Defense (2015-present)
  • Heather Prestridge, Texas A&M University (2019-present)
  • Santiago Ron, Museo de Zoología Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador(2016-present)