This year’s NBN Conference will take place on Wednesday 24 November and will once again be held online.

The following information will be updated over the coming weeks as the programme is developed further.

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Theme and outline of the day

This year’s theme is “Biodiversity data – from collection to use”.

Following the successful collaboration with the Open University and the iSpot team last year, and their invaluable help with the technical side of proceedings, we are delighted that we are running this as a co-hosted NBN Trust and iSpot/Open University event again in 2021.

The event will run using Microsoft Teams, an online conferencing platform. Information on joining the event will be sent out in advance, along with guidance to help you with using the software.

The one day event will consist predominantly of 10 minute talks plus Q&A, as well as a keynote presentation and the annual Sir John Burnett Memorial Lecture.

The announcement of the winners and runners up in the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording will also be a highlight of the day.

There will be regular tea / coffee and a lunch break to give everyone time away from their PCs.  However, for those who wish to catch up with colleagues, there will be an area for networking and the NBN Trust AGM will take place during lunch.


Confirmed speakers are as follows, with more to be added soon. Please click on the names for more information and details of the individual presentations (where the information is available):

  • Lisa Chilton, CEO, NBN Trust – “Making data work for nature”.
  • Oliver Grafton, Principal Advisor for Citizen Science and Karen Kramer-Wilson, Principal Advisor for Data Strategy – Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment.
  • Tim Hirsch, Deputy DirectorHead of Participation and Engagement at the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat – “Sharing data on a global scale: how records submitted to the NBN Atlas are used globally through GBIF”.
  • Mike Morris, Head of programme: eBioAtlas at Nature Metrics – “eDNA: working together to scale up the measurement of nature”.
  • Sophia Ratcliffe, NBN Trust Data Manager.
  • David Roy, Head of the Biological Records Centre at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – “Navigating the growing diversity of systems to submit, view and share wildlife sightings”.
  • Daniel Salliss, Research Associate at the University of East Anglia (UEA) – “Optimising landscape scale conservation interventions through Biodiversity Auditing”.
  • Rona Sinclair, Marine Data and Ecology Advisor at NatureScot – “Harnessing the value of Scottish marine biodiversity data to benefit nature: streamlining data flows and unlocking marine data sources”.


The costs for attending are:

Students: £20

Members: £30

Non-members: £40

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Social media

Join in on the day using #NBNconf21


We are once again indebted to Habitat Aid for its sponsorship of the NBN conference and to iSpot and The Open University for co-hosting this years’ event






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