TDWG 2012 Travel Awards for African scholars / Conférence 2012 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) bourses de voyage

Travel Awards for African Participation in 2012 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference

Biodiversity Information Specialists from developing African countries are invited to apply for travel support to participate in the 2012 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) to be held October 22-26, 2012 at the China People’s Palace in Beijing, China. The travel awards are made possible by a joint funding of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and the Belgian Development Cooperation program of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

The award will consist of airfare, lodging, conference registration and an allowance for meals and miscellaneous expenses. Awardees will be matched with TDWG members with similar interests, who will serve as mentors during the meeting, accompanying awardees to paper sessions and working group meetings, and helping them to get acquainted with other meeting participants. An informal session will be organized at the conference to allow each of the awardees to describe the biodiversity informatics projects they are involved with and to ask questions to TDWG mentors.

To apply, please send updated curriculum vitae describing your biodiversity informatics experiences, and a brief statement describing your participation would help projects in which you participate and help TDWG meet its mission which is:

• Develop, adopt and promote standards and guidelines for the recording and exchange of data about organisms

• Promote the use of standards through the most appropriate and effective means and

• Act as a forum for discussion through holding meetings and through publications.

Please email your application electronically to Hank Bart ( and Patricia Mergen ( no later than 31st of July 2012. The travel grants will be awarded by the end of August.

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Le Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale et la JRS Biodiversity Foundation décernent des bourses de voyage pour permettre à des spécialistes de l’information en biodiversité des pays africains en voie de développement de participer à la conférence 2012 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) à Pékin, Chine, entre octobre 22-26, 2012.
Date limite d’inscription : 31 juillet 2012. Plus d’info: Patricia Mergen (

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