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Networking seminar „Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity” and a Networking Reception in Brussels

February 8, 13:30 - 18:00

The University of Tartu and the Estonian Research Council cordially invite you to attend the
Seminar “Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity”, which will take place on Thursday, 8 February 2024,
14:00 – 16:00 at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, Rue Guimard 11/13, 1040 Brussels.
The seminar will be followed by a Networking Reception.

With our planet facing accelerating pressures on it’s natural capital, it is of the utmost importance to understand the forces shaping biodiversity, for rational management of natural resources and key to meeting the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030 ambitions.

Digital Twin platforms offer novel ways to combine data, models and interaction processes required to predict dynamic changes and offer solutions for biodiversity challenges in areas like species and habitat loss, ecosystem services, invasive species, food security, and disease outbreaks.

The seminar aims to present the strategic approaches for sustainable biodiversity management from the EU and leading R&D organisations’ perspectives and discuss the potential for using Digital Twins.



13.30 Registraton & Networking Coffee

14.00 Welcome by Prof Toomas Asser, Rector of University of Tartu

  • „European R&I for a Healthy Planet“– Mrs Signe Ratso, Deputy Director for Open Innovation
    and Chief Negotiator for HEU Association, DG RTD
  • „EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030“ – Mr Robert Konrad, Adviser for Biodiversity, DG ENV
  • „Communicating Environmental DNA“ – Prof Urmas Kõljalg, Director, Natural History Museum
    and Botanical Gardens, University of Tartu
  • „AI-driven Research in Ecology, Nature Conservation and Biodiversity“ – Prof Erik Kristiansson,
    Professor in biostatistics and bioinformatics, Chalmers University of Technology
  • „Global Biodiversity Monitoring“ – Dr Jana Wäldchen, Project leader, Biod.AI.versity
    Observation & Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry (via video)

15.30 Panel discussion: „What can AI and predictive modelling do for Biodiversity?“
Chaired by Dr Dimitris Koureas, Director, Distributed System of Scientific Collections, Naturalis


EC Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD) at the Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Assoc Prof Jesse Harrison, Project Manager, Horizon Europe BioDT, CSC (biodt.eu)
Prof Urmas Kõljalg, Director, NHMBG, University of Tartu


16.00 – 18.00 Networking Reception


For further information please email vallo.mulk@ut.ee (University of Tartu) and kristel.oitmaa@etag.ee
(Liaison Officer, Estonian Research Council in Brussels)


Registration is closed.


February 8
13:30 - 18:00


  • University of Tartu


Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union
Rue Guimard 11/13
Brussels, Belgia
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