Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity seminar

BioDT Project Manager Jesse Harrison to represent the project at the upcoming seminar, "Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity". The seminar organised by the University of Tartu and the Estonian Research Council is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 8th February 2024, in Brussels, at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU.

BioDT at the Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity Seminar

With our planet facing increasing pressures on its natural capital, understanding the forces shaping biodiversity is crucial for the rational management of natural resources. This is particularly pertinent to achieving the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030 ambitions.

The seminar aims to present strategic approaches for sustainable biodiversity management from the EU and leading R&D organisations' perspectives, focusing on the potential applications of Digital Twins. Jesse Harrison joins panel discussion "What can AI and predictive modeling do for Biodiversity?" chaired by Dr Dimitris Koureas from BioDT partner, Naturalis Biodiversity Center. 

Digital Twin platforms provide innovative ways to combine data, models, and interaction processes to predict dynamic changes and offer solutions for biodiversity challenges.

Event Agenda

8 February January

13:30 - 14:00

Registration & Networking Coffee

14:00 - 15:30

Welcome by Prof Toomas Asser, Rector of the University of Tartu
Presentations by:

  • Mrs Signe Ratso, Deputy Director for Open Innovation and Chief Negotiator for HEU Association, DG RTD
  • Mr Robert Konrad, Adviser for Biodiversity, DG ENV
  • Prof. Urmas Kõljalg, Director, Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens, University of Tartu
  • Prof. Erik Kristiansson, Professor in biostatistics and bioinformatics, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dr Jana Wäldchen, Project leader, Biod.AI.versity Observation & Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry (via video)

15:30 - 16:00

Panel discussion: "What can AI and predictive modeling do for Biodiversity?"
Chaired by Dr Dimitris Koureas, Director, Distributed System of Scientific Collections, Naturalis
Panelists: EC Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD) at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Assoc. Prof. Jesse Harrison, Project Manager, Horizon Europe BioDT, CSC, Prof. Urmas Kõljalg, Director, NHMBG, University of Tartu

16:00 - 18:00

Networking Reception


We invite you to join us for this insightful seminar, where experts delve into the intersection of technology, biodiversity, and sustainability. Jesse Harrison and Anna-Liisa Allas from the BioDT project promise valuable insights into the role of Digital Twins in addressing biodiversity challenges.

For more information and registration, please visit the official event website.

Towards a Digital Twin for Biodiversity
External event