Accelerating the Pace of Scientific Discovery.

The Biodiversity Synthesis Group is part of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), an international project to develop a webpage for every known species on Earth, freely accessible to all. Based at the Biodiversity Synthesis Center (BioSynC) at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, we are dedicated to advancing biodiversity science and the core EOL mission through our diverse meetings, workshops, research programs, and outreach.

There are currently no upcoming meetings scheduled. We welcome Synthesis Meeting proposals at any time, but set 3 target dates for review each year: 1 March, 1 July, and 1 November. You can find out how to propose a meeting here.

In Focus

Life and Literature is a two-day conference hosted by The Biodiversity Heritage Library and The Field Museum. The conference will convene librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers, students, and other stakeholders to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next four to five years. Join us November 14-15, 2011 for an exciting combination of plenary speakers, panelists, activities, and breakout sessions.

Focal topics include: Biologists and Biodiversity Literature Research, Informatics and the Public Record Publishers, Aggegators, and Authors: new models and access Learning and Education Building Collaborative Networks for Science and the Humanities.

To register and for more information please visit the Life and Literature website

What's New

Postdoc, Josh Drew, has written a piece titled "The Role of Natural History Institutions and Bioinformatics in Conservation Biology" which will be published in the 25th Anniversary edition of Conservation Biology this coming December.
The second edition of the free, online collaborative Encyclopedia of Life debuted on Monday with a redesign and new features making it easier to use, to personalize, and to interact with fellow enthusiasts worldwide. It is also vastly expanded,...
BioSynC has published the first issue of our newsletter. This quarterly newsletter will bring you reports and updates on past and future synthesis meetings, research and outreach projects from BioSynC and postings from the Encyclopedia of Life. Click...