The NBN Conference 2022 took place on Wednesday 9 November in the Flett Theatre at the Natural History Museum in London.

All of the presentations are available from the Presentations page.

The information below relates to the programme for the day and is retained for information purposes.

Theme for the Conference

To tie in with the NBN Trust’s new five year strategy, the theme of this year’s Conference is “Making data work for nature”.

Throughout the day we will have presentations which link to our four ambitions:

    1. The NBN Atlas is the ‘go to’ place for sharing, finding and accessing UK biodiversity data.
    2. Biodiversity data is providing the evidence needed for nature’s recovery.
    3. Citizen science is valued, supported and expanded as a major source of biodiversity data.
    4. The National Biodiversity Network is a well-connected and highly collaborative community with a united voice on key issues.

Speakers and programme

Registration commences at 09:30am with the opening remarks at 09:55am. The Conference ends at 16:15.

The final programme is available to download.

The NBN Awards prize-giving ceremony will follow from 16:20 – 17:30.

The programme for the NBN Awards prize-giving ceremony is available to download.

The confirmed speakers are as follows. Please click on the names for more information and details of the individual presentations:

  • Richard Benwell, Chief Executive, Wildlife and Countryside Link will deliver the Sir John Burnett Memorial Lecture – “Targets trends and trajectories: can DEFRA halt the decline of nature?”
  • Lisa Chilton, Chief Executive Officer, NBN Trust – “The impact challenge – how can we demonstrate the value of the NBN?”
  • Tim Hirsch, GBIF- the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – “Multiplying the value of national activity through international cooperation”
  • Paul Jepson, Head of Innovation, Ecosulis Ltd – “What the finance world needs from biodiversity data”
  • Christopher Leeson, Conservation Education Team Leader, BIAZA/ Twycross Zoo – “BIAZA ‘Spotted on site’ – Citizen Science at the zoo”
  • Dr Allyson Lister, FAIRsharing Content & Community Lead, Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford – “FAIRsharing: curating an ecosystem of databases, standards and policies to enable FAIR data and explore community relationships”
  • Francesca Mancini, Ecological Modeller, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – “Bringing the data revolution to nature recovery”
  • Bryony Pound, Senior Associate and Impact Specialist, Dialogue Matters Ltd, will give our keynote address – “How can data inform wise decisions for nature”
  • Sophia Ratcliffe, NBN Atlas Data Manager, NBN Trust – “NBN Atlas 2022 update”
  • Alex Robinson, Commercial Director, Zulu Forest Sciences – “From datasets to dirty spades: Mapping evolutionary land cover with current floral and faunal species distribution to inform restoration potential”
  • Vince Smith, Head of Digital, Data and Informatics, Natural History Museum, London – “Harnessing the power of the UK’s natural science collections”
  • Emily Stott, Nature Positive Universities Coordinator, University of Oxford – “Nature Positive Universities”
  • Dr Andrew Stringer, Head of Environment, Forestry England – “Forestry England’s aspirations for utilising eDNA and metabarcoding”
  • Jenny Tse-Leon, Conservation, Evaluation and Research Manager, Froglife – “Dragon Finders”
  • Dr Jessica Wardlaw, Citizen Science Programme Developer, Natural History Museum, London – “From Fat Spiders to Slimy Snails and Slugs: Using iNaturalistUK to engage new audiences in Biological Recording”
  • Laurence Watson, Head of Technology, Subak – “Improving access to climate data”


Please go to the bookings page to see the ticket options and to book your place. Please book by 31 October.

The cost of the ticket includes the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording prize-giving ceremony, also on Wednesday 9 November.

Ticket Price
Type of ticket One day
Member rate £75.00
Non-member rate £105.00
Student £45.00

Displays and demonstrations

There are opportunities for Network participants to showcase their work by having a display stand at the NBN Conference.  This will need to be manned during registration, tea / coffee breaks and lunchtime and those manning the stand will need to be registered as delegates.

NBN Trust members will be given priority and space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us if you would like to have a stand.

Social media

Join in on the day using #NBNconf22


We are very grateful to the following organisations for their generous support of this year’s NBN Conference:
















The Venue

You can find information on getting to the Natural History Museum on the website.