Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s NBN Conference on 23 November at the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. It was great to see so many of you and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Just under 160 delegates joined us, so thank you very much for your support.

Presentations and audio recordings

Links to all of the presentations from the Conference can be found below, which appear in chronological order from the day. Each speaker’s name links to more information about them. We also have an audio recording of the day, as shown below. The timings of each presentation are shown on the link.

Listen to the audio recording of the opening session

Listen to the audio recording of session 1

Listen to the audio recording of session 2

Listen to the audio recording of session 3

Listen to the audio recording of session 4

Màiri McAllan MSP

Màiri McAllan MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition gave an opening speech (no slides were used).

The Facebook Live clip can be viewed online

Màiri McAllan MSP

Chris Breward

Welcome to the Museum by Chris Breward, Director, National Museums Scotland

Chris Breward

Helen Manders-Jones

Helen Manders-Jones – NBN Atlas Lead Developer, NBN Trust – “NBN Atlas 2023 update”

Download Helen’s presentation

Helen Manders-Jones

Charlotte Bolton and Iain Dixon

Charlotte Bolton, National Seasearch Coordinator, Marine Conservation Society and Iain Dixon, Seasearch Scotland Coordinator, Marine Conservation Society – “35 years of Seasearch – building on volunteer data into the future”

Download Charlotte and Iain’s presentation

Charlotte Bolton and Iain Dixon

Simon Rolph

Simon Rolph, Data Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – “Assessing NBN Atlas comprehensiveness and the impact of data providers: Insights from a Data Study Group”

Download Simon’s presentation

Simon Rolph

Kyle Copas

Kyle Copas, Communications Manager, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) – “Transmitting the value of GBIF at national scale”

Download Kyle’s presentation

Kyle Copas

Dr Michael Tetley

Dr Michael Tetley, Better Biodiversity Data project – Scotland Programme Manager, NBN Trust – “The Better Biodiversity Data Project”

Download Michael’s presentation

Michael Tetley

Dr Ben Rowson

Dr. Ben Rowson, Honorary Non-marine Recorder, Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland / Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales – “Non-marine mollusc distribution mapping by the Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland: a citizen science project in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries”

Download Ben’s presentation

Dr Ben Rowson

Dr Steph Bradbeer

Dr. Steph Bradbeer, Senior Ecologist (Biosecurity and Invasive Species), Yorkshire Water – “INNS Mapper – recording invasive non-native species sightings, survey and management”

Download Steph’s presentation

Steph Bradbeer

Adam Fraser

Adam Fraser, Monitoring Ecologist, Cairngorms National Park Authority – “Monitoring biodiversity in the Cairngorms National Park”

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Adam Fraser

Natalie Prosser

The Sir John Burnett Memorial Lecture 2023 – Natalie Prosser, Chief Executive Officer, The Office for Environmental Protection – “Tackling the biodiversity crisis through effective environmental governance – the role and work of the OEP”

No slides were used.

The Facebook Live clip can be viewed online

Natalie Prosser

Natalie Prosser and Neil Hodges
Neil Hodges presents Natalie Prosser with the Sir John Burnett Memorial Medal

Celebrating the NBN Awards 2015 – 2022

Cally Ullman-Smith – David Robertson Youth Award winner in 2015

Download Cally’s presentation

Cally Ullman-Smith

Mhairi McCann – David Robertson Youth Award winner in 2017

(Mhairi didn’t have a presentation)

Mhairi McCann

Matt Larsen-Daw, CEO of the Mammal Society. The Mammal Society won the Group Award in 2020.

Download Matt’s presentation

Matt Larsen-Daw

Dakota Reid – winner of the Newcomer award in 2021

Download Dakota’s slide

Dakota Reid

We are also pleased to share video clips from other Award recipients as follows:

Giselle Sterry

Giselle Sterry, iNaturalistUK lead, NBN Trust – “iNaturalistUK – growing the network and increasing our knowledge”

Download Giselle’s presentation

Giselle Sterry

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson, Citizen Science Manager, Natural History Museum, London – “Boosting biodiversity in education: linking community science with action”

Download Lucy’s presentation

Lucy Robinson

Panel Discussion

“The State of Nature – how can our Network show the value of data in contributing to nature’s recovery?” Panelists were:
Dr. Fiona Burns – Principal Conservation Scientist, RSPB
Deb Muscat – ALERC National Coordinator, Association of Local Environmental Records Centres
David O’Brien – Biodiversity Evidence and Reporting Manager, NatureScot
The session was chaired by NBN Trust Patron, Sir John Lawton

Refer to the panel’s questions

Panel discussion NBN Conference 2023

Sir John Lawton and Deb Muscat

Lisa Chilton

Lisa Chilton, NBN Trust CEO – “The Art of Data – harnessing creativity to maximise the impact of biodiversity data”

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Lisa Chilton

Neil Hodges, NBN Trust Chairman

Neil Hodges