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  1. The Swiss Systematics Society (SSS): The future of scientific communication in biodiversity science.

Convener: Donat Agosti (


Abstracts as pdf


Sciences are undergoing a huge change in the digital age. This results in new research areas and results, also in systematics, and in new ways of communicating both the results and the underlying research process. This session will draw on a range of examples from across the biodiversity sciences to address how individual scientists and their institutions can benefit from and contribute to this revolution. 



All slots for this symposium have been filled and abstract submission for oral presentations for this symposium is now closed.



Thursday, August 17th. Morning session.


Invited talks:


08.30 – 08.35




08.35 – 08.55


Donat Agosti1 and Jeremy Miller2:

Text and data mining: What it tells us, and what can we learn from legacy literature.

1Plazi, Bern, Switzerland; 2Naturalis, Leiden, Netherlands and Plazi, Bern, Switzerland.



08.55 – 09.15

Lyubomir Penev1:

From Open Access to Open Science: Impact on Biodiversity Publishing.

1Pensoft Publishers & Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.



09.15 – 09.35

Viktor Senderov1,2, Terry Catapano3, Teodor Georgiev1, Guido Sautter3, Nico Franz4, Kiril Simov5, Donat Agosti3, Lyubomir Penev1,2:

The OpenBiodiv Knowledge System: The Future of Access to Biodiversity Knowledge.

1Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria; 2Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria; 3Plazi, Bern, Switzerland; 4School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA; 5Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria.



09.35 – 10.00

Brian Fisher1, Sandor Csosz2, Lyubomir Penev3 and Pavel Stoev3:

Species conservation profiles and taxonomic revisions.

1California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA; 2Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary; 3Pensoft, Sofia, Bulgaria.




10.00 – 10.30



10.30 – 10.50

Christian Kropf1:

The World Spider Catalog as a model for rapid delivery of taxonomic data.

1Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern, Bern, Switzerland



10.50 – 11.10

Gerwin Kasperek1, Alexander Mehler2, Angela Hausinger1, Thomas Hörnschemeyer3:

BIOfid – a new Specialised Information Service for organismic biodiversity research.

1Universitätsbibliothek J. C. Senckenberg, Frankfurt a. M; 2Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a. M.

3Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt a. M.



11.10 – 11.30
Philipp Bhatty1
, Peter Grobe1, Lars Vogt2, Roman Baum2, Christian Köhler1, Sandra Meid2, Björn Quast1:

Development of new user-interface modules for biodiversity systems to ease the workflow of morphological descriptions.
1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany; 2Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany.


11.30 – 12.00



Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20a, Göteborg