The aim of this workshop, held on 9-10th November 2017, was to specify the teams, groups or organisations needed to facilitate the data flows and services proposed in workshops 1 and 2.

The attendees identified the ways in which we could be organised and located to deliver the data flows and services most efficiently.  They considered the effort and value of organising ourselves in these ways and co-created a proposed high-level governance model that will form the foundation for effective organisation and governance.

The proposed Governance Model, transcript of the workshop discussions and full set of key messages, are included in the workshop outputs document (available below).

Outputs from the SBIF Review Workshop on Governance [PDF, 69pp, 2.4MB]


Some important messages from this workshop were:

  1. We collectively believe in, and want to realise as soon as possible, our vision of an improved infrastructure by 2025, and believe that a new organisation is needed to supersede current governance arrangements at all levels (central, national, regional).
  2. We want to have a Scottish Biodiversity Innovation Centre in Stirling, acting as our National Hub, and four Regional Hubs in Scotland, in Aberdeen, Highland, Glasgow and Edinburgh (subject to drive time analysis etc).
  3. We recognise the value of Super Partners such as the Non Native Species Secretariat, State of Nature Partnership, all National Recording Schemes and Museums and Botanic Garden Collection Curators.
  4. We recognise we need to understand if and how data analytics are common across the UK or bespoke to a country and we will investigate further before determining how analytics could be fulfilled.
  5. We recognise that some workshop attendees prefer an evolutionary approach but feel a revolutionary approach is significantly more likely to deliver the improvements we seek.