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Event DSI info day: how will ‘digital sequence information’ (DSI) be addressed under the Convention on Biological Diversity? will we share the benefits on a world-wide scale?

Through the joint effort of ANB (Flanders Agency Nature & Forests), The Belgian Biodiversity Platform, EWI (Flanders Department Economy, Science and Innovation), RBINS (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and VLIR (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad) an Info Day on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) in the context of the Convention on Biodiversity will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019.

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Period 09/05/2019
Event location Herman Teirlinckgebouw – Auditorium Havenlaan 88 – 1000 Brussels
Host ANB (Flanders Agency Nature & Forests), The Belgian Biodiversity Platform, EWI (Flanders Department Economy, Science and Innovation), RBINS (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and VLIR (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad)

As you probably know: the term ‘Digital Sequence Information’ is currently undefined and interpreted differently by different stakeholders.

Freely accessible digital sequence information can encourage innovation through natural product research, stimulate scientific collaboration and/or promote publications. On the other hand, some countries, such as Brazil, have in their domestic Access legislation clauses exerting their rights over digital sequence information even if held outside their borders. While others find the exchange of digital sequence information an essential element to achieve the objectives as defined in Article 12 of the CBD, which are to promote and cooperate in scientific advances in biological diversity research and to develop programs for scientific and technical education, as well as promote technology transfer, collaboration and capacity building.

The objective of this DSI Info Day is to provide information on the state of play on DSI mainly in the CBD context. It will allow to discuss the key issues that need to be addressed, based on first-hand experience from researchers and the industry on how DSI is used. As a result, key elements provided during the day that are useful for underpinning the Belgian negotiation position can be picked up. Also, it will encourage stakeholder organizations to provide input to the open CBD process on DSI.

The DSI Info Day will start with exposés from speakers covering different aspects on/of DSI.

Dr. Hendrik Segers, Belgian Focal Point CBD, will do the general introduction.

Speakers from policy, research and innovation (such as VIB, RBINS, CETAF, EBI, VLIZ) will take the floor and give information from different perspectives and angles.

In the afternoon two break-out sessions will focus on “conceptual clarity (incl. a useable legal and operational definition)” on the one hand, and “Benefit Sharing Models” on the other.

Info on Accessibility

Registration & welcome: 9:00 – 9:30

Start of the event: 9:30 (till 16:00)

A light Sandwich lunch and drinks will be served

Talks will be mainly in English

(interventions and/or opinions from the audience can be in NL or FR)

  

More speakers are to be announced and the final program will be made available as soon as possible.

We would be grateful to see your presence at the info day and hear your opinion and view(s) on DSI during the break-out sessions.

RSVP (Registration) by Monday 29 April through the following link: https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/LNGQPQF

We look forward to welcoming you at Herman Teirlinckgebouw on 9 May!

Kind regards

The DSI Info Day Event team 

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