Biodiversity Genomics - A Global Perspective
Satellite Meeting - Sunday 16 July 2023, 0845 - 1645hrs
Rooms 218 and 219
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Biodiversity faces many threats resulting from human activity around the world. There are an extraordinary number of species and ecosystems known to be threatened, with many more to be identified and registered. Urgent and sustained action is required.  Genomics offers a powerful set of tools that provide critical information to underpin and guide the development and implementation strategies to preserve biodiversity.  These genomic tools include genome sequencing, genotyping of populations and e-DNA.

In 2018 an audacious plan to sequence, catalog and characterize the genomes of all of the Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of 10 years was announced. Five years on, what progress is being made on this moonshot for biology? What benefits are being derived from this research and what needs to be done to expedite progress? 

These questions were addressed in this special one-day satellite meeting which was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday July 16 2023, preceding the Opening Ceremony of the International Congress of Genetics.

Starting with the shared opening session, this Biodiversity Genomics meeting then divided into two streams, one on genome sequencing and genotyping and the other on the use of e-DNA to study ecosystems. 

This meeting was an important step towards a national dialogue on how systematic and sustained genomic analysis can be used to identify, preserve and protect Australia’s unique biodiversity. A proposal being developed for the Federal Government to create and fund an entity, Biodiversity Genomics Australia (BGA), was discussed.  A brochure that makes the case for BGA was circulated and can be downloaded here.

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This Satellite Meeting was proudly supported by:
Gold Sponsor
Bioplatforms Australia  Minderoo Foundation      University of Melbourne

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