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Call for Comments: Creating an International Society for the Barcode of Life (ISBOL)

Dear Barcoding Colleagues,

This message invites all members of the DNA barcoding community to participate in an online discussion about the possible of an international coordinating organization for DNA Barcoding.  This possibility was the subject of a pre-Conference workshop (Monday, 17 August) at the Sixth International Barcode Conference that is taking place in Guelph.  The workshop continued the discussion of the…


Added by David E. Schindel on August 19, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Global Registry of Biological Repositories is now online

The new Global Registry of Biological Repositories (GRBio) is now live and online at, offering the community a single, integrated and comprehensive information resource on taxonomic collections. GRBio is a merger of Index Herbariorum (IH), Biodiversity Collections Index (BCI) and and contains more than 14,000 records for biorepository institutions, their collections, and staff members.  All the data, web…


Added by David E. Schindel on October 25, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments

CBOL received $3 million grant from Google Foundation to barcode endangered species

Border inspectors and wildlife officials around the world are constantly on the lookout for endangered species that are being killed and trafficked in violation of national laws and international treaties.  Sometimes the objects are easily identified as coming from a particular endangered species but many cannot be identified, even by expert taxonomists.  ‘Bushmeat’ is often trafficked as dried smoked meat that has been removed from bones that might have diagnostic features.  Endangered…


Added by David E. Schindel on December 4, 2012 at 9:03am — 2 Comments

Poster session in Adelaide


The Adelaide Conference is now in full swing after two days of pre-conference training sessions and the opening plenary session.  The organizers squeezed a few more 'side-meetings' into the lunch hour and the rooms were packed!  I attended one devoted to practlcal applications of barcoding and there were about 60 representatives from private companies and government agencies.  I expected to hear about the need for a handheld barcoder or bureaucratic obstacles and legal barriers to…


Added by David E. Schindel on November 29, 2011 at 11:31pm — 3 Comments

Side meetings at the Adelaide Barcode Conference


The final agenda for the Adelaide Barcode Conference will be released this week and you’ll see that it will be a busy week.  Even with all the parallel sessions and evening social events, the organizers had additional requests for meeting rooms.  We’ve organized these into ‘side meetings’ because they won’t be scheduled opposite any plenary or technical sessions so they won’t compete for your attention.  Most of them will be held from 13:00 to 14:00 during the lunch break.  We hope…


Added by David E. Schindel on November 14, 2011 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Unprecedented Registration for Adelaide Conference: Space Very Limited

Registration for the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference in Adelaide, South Australia (28 November - 3 December 2011) is about to surpass the records for all past conferences.


The 2007 Taipei…


Added by David E. Schindel on September 20, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Agenda and Presenters Selected for Adelaide Conference

The Program Committee of the Adelaide Barcode Conference has finished the massive job of reviewing 493 abstracts and organizing them into sessions.  This task was completed by members of the Conference Program Committee and about 40 volunteer Session Organizers who will be chairing sessions at the Conference.  The Conference organizers offer them a big THANK YOU for their contributions.


You can see the resulting …


Added by David E. Schindel on September 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Adelaide Conference Program Committee Hard at Work

The organizers of the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference issued calls for abstracts and applications for travel bursaries at the beginning of April 2011 and due to the high number of responses the deadlines were extended into July.  By the time the last submissions arrived through the online system, the response totaled more than double those of previous barcode conferences.  We received:

  • 490 abstracts…

Added by David E. Schindel on August 25, 2011 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Adelaide Conference Deadlines Extended for Abstracts, Travel Bursaries to 15 June 2011


Interest in the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference is running very high so the organizers want to be sure that everyone has a chance to participate.  Accordingly, the original 15 May deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 15 June.  The deadline for …


Added by David E. Schindel on May 19, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Adelaide Conference invites applications for travel support from developing country participants


Barcoding is a global enterprise and Barcode Conferences have attracted participants from around the world. The Mexico City Conference brought together 350 people from more than 50 countries. Approximately 60 of the participants from developing countries received travel support. The Adelaide Conference organizers hope to be able to support at least 30 doctoral students, researchers, and officials from developing countries, contingent on the success of fund-raising…


Added by David E. Schindel on April 19, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Adelaide Conference Call for Abstracts: Online Submission Now Open!

CBOL has posted the call for abstracts for the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference on the Conference website, along with the outline agenda for the conference week.  The online submission form will be available until the submission deadline at midnight (Washington, DC time) on Sunday, 15 May 2011.

There will be no invited speakers other than the keynote address given by an individual…


Added by David E. Schindel on April 1, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Planning the Adelaide Barcode Conference

The CBOL Secretariat Office has now officially started down the long road that will lead to the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference in Adelaide, South Australia during the week of 26 November to 3 December.  Please keep an eye on the conference website ( and the Connect network (under Events) for more information.  The conference website is now open and we'll be updating it constantly as the conference…


Added by David E. Schindel on February 15, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Mark your calendars for the next International Barcode Conference!

As you all return to work from the holidays and begin to plan your activities for 2011, please put the following on your calendar in big red letters:




Added by David E. Schindel on January 4, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

PLoS Biology Community Page on Barcoding, iBOL, and CBD

This week's issue of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology includes a Community Page devoted to barcoding. The article developed out of the half-day pre-conference symposium that was sponsored by Canada's International Reserch Development Centre (IDRC) at the Mexico City Barcode of Life Conference. You'll see that the article provides:

  • An introduction to DNA barcoding,
  • An…

Added by David E. Schindel on July 23, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Barcoding in Europe and the need for barcode data management tools

ECBOL, the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life, was created in 2007 and will hold its second conference (EC BOL2; on June 2-4 in Braga, Portugal. To help prepare for the conference, the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS, Utrecht, Netherlands) hosted a two-day meeting of the Network of European Leading Labs (NELL),…


Added by David E. Schindel on May 12, 2010 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Barcoding, CBOL and International Conventions

There is an alphabet soup of UN Conventions dealing with biodiversity and one of CBOL's roles is to promote barcoding in all of them. In representing barcoding to these international conventions, CBOL is trying to do several things:

  • Raise awareness about how barcoding can be used to document and protect biodiversity,
  • Promoting global involvement in barcoding,
  • Removing obstacles and dispelling misinformation, and
  • Looking for opportunities for partners,…

Added by David E. Schindel on March 1, 2010 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

DNAHouse and the Education/Outreach side of Barcoding

The Mexico City Barcode Conference created a lot of buzz in the press, including coverage in the Wall Street Journal. It was important and valuable and fun to see public interest in barcoding. But a meeting of 350 barcode researchers took a back seat to two NY high school students when it came to putting barcoding into the news. Brenda Tan and Matthew Cost, two students at Trinity School in NY, with help from… Continue

Added by David E. Schindel on January 22, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Launching the Barcode of Life Community Network

We're in the early testing stages of the new Barcode of Life Community Network, slowly inviting people to join and explore the environment provided by Ning. "We" in this case refers to the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) but CBOL is doing this as a collaborative effort with its partners in barcoding: the University of Guelph, the iBOL project (International Barcode of… Continue

Added by David E. Schindel on October 16, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments


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