Proposing an EOL synthesis meeting

The synthesis of biodiversity information holds great promise as a source of scientific progress in many areas of biology and related disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is becoming a nexus for integration of biodiversity information from many fields, and the EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Group, through its Biodiversity Synthesis Center, provides a central location for scientific working groups to convene and explore new ideas and develop tools for synthetic analysis in biodiversity science. We invite proposals for bringing together diverse groups of people to advance biodiversity science and contribute to the EOL.

Synthesis Meetings are held on a wide range of topics in biodiversity, evolution, and conservation. Synthesis Meetings may be held in Chicago at BioSynC or at other national or international venues. Proposals should be focused on biodiversity informatics, involve the formulation of novel scientific ideas, build new bridges among disciplines, and/or deal with a timely issue in biodiversity or conservation. All proposals must have a direct relation to EOL. We anticipate supporting 5-6 Synthesis Meetings per year, with each meeting budget ranging from about $10,000 up to $30,000. We encourage graduate student and postdoctoral researcher involvement in Synthesis Meetings and hope that they will gain valuable training and insight from participation. We strongly encourage diverse, international participation in hopes of fostering novel collaborations.

We welcome Synthesis Meeting proposals at any time, but set 3 target dates for review each year: 1 March, 1 July, and 1 November.

The review process takes about 8 weeks.  Please allow a minimum of 4 months between your proposal submission and your target meeting week.

Some topics of interest to EOL

The synthesis of biodiversity information holds great promise as a source of scientific progress in many areas of biology and related disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is becoming a nexus for integration of biodiversity information from many fields, and the EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Group, through its Biodiversity Synthesis Center, provides a central location for scientific working groups to convene and explore new ideas and develop tools for synthetic analysis in biodiversity science. We invite proposals for bringing together diverse groups of people to advance biodiversity science and contribute to the EOL.

Synthesis Meetings are held on a wide range of topics in biodiversity, evolution, and conservation. Synthesis Meetings may be held in Chicago at BioSynC or at other national or international venues. Proposals should be focused on biodiversity informatics, involve the formulation of novel scientific ideas, build new bridges among disciplines, and/or deal with a timely issue in biodiversity or conservation. All proposals must have a direct relation to EOL. We anticipate supporting 5-6 Synthesis Meetings per year, with each meeting budget ranging from about $10,000 up to $30,000. We encourage graduate student and postdoctoral researcher involvement in Synthesis Meetings and hope that they will gain valuable training and insight from participation. We strongly encourage diverse, international participation in hopes of fostering novel collaborations.

We welcome Synthesis Meeting proposals at any time, but set 3 target dates for review each year: 1 March, 1 July, and 1 November.

The review process takes about 8 weeks.  Please allow a minimum of 4 months between your proposal submission and your target meeting week.