ForBio Annual Meeting 2016 in Trondheim

General meeting information



Poster and oral presentations

Associated workshops

Social events


Travel to the meeting

Charming Trondheim and the Suhm huset at the NTNU University Museum will be the venue for the 2016 ForBio meeting. We invite all MSc and PhD students, postdocs, supervisors, faculty and the broader biosystematics community to attend!


General meeting information

ForBio annual meetings aim to gather scientists and students working on or interested in biosystematics in order discuss about current projects and results, share experience on methods and strengthen networking within the scientific community.

This year, the meeting will be held in Trondheim, Norway, from Monday April 25th to Wednesday 27th.

Key note speakers will be invited to this meeting and will give valuable talks on the state of the art within the field of taxonomy and systematics, with the objective to inspire members to see how cutting edge methods can innovate our field. We encourage attendees to use this meeting as an opportunity to present and discuss their own research as it provides a platform for exchange and dialogue about biosystematics.

There is no registration fee and you are all welcome to participate. ForBio members (PhD students and Postdocs) presenting their research (oral or poster) will have free travel and shared/single accommodation booked through ForBio.


Register for the meeting here.

Deadline for registration: March 1, 2016.


The schedule for the meeting is the following:
25 April, Monday, 10.30 - 17:00 half day program with following informal dinner. Registration at 10:30. Welcoming speech at 11:00
26 April, Tuesday, 9:00 - 17:00 full day program with following formal dinner.
27 April, Wednesday, 9:00 - 14:00 half/full day. 14:00-15:00 Plenary discussion and awards.

Our keynote speakers will have the following plenary talks:

Alexandre Antonelli, University of Gothenburg : ‘Accelerating Biodiversity Research

Andreas Hjenol, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology: ‘Xenoturbella and Acoelomorpha and their role in understanding the evolution of animal diversity

Mike Martin, NTNU University Museum: ‘Museum and herbarium collections as genomic repositories

Catarina Rydin, Bergius Botanic Garden, Stockholm: ‘Macroevolution in old clades: structure, function, moonlight pollination and more

Alfried Vogler, Imperial College London: title to be announced.

Poster and oral presentations

All ForBio members and associates attendants are invited to submit oral and poster contributions to present their research. The organizing committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts and take your presentation preferences and program slot constraints into consideration in assigning you a talk or poster slot. We will organize sessions with 3-minute speed presentations for all accepted posters.

Contact us if you have questions regarding presentations.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations are open to ForBio members and associates. Presenters will have 20 minutes (including time for questions). Please submit your abstract (maximum 350 words) at the time of registration. Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2016.


Poster presentations are open to all participants and ForBio members are strongly encouraged to present their research. Poster boards will be provided of a size suitable for A0 portrait posters (~ 120 x 90 cm). Please submit your abstract (maximum 350 words) at the time for registration. Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2016.

Prices for best presentations!

The best poster and oral presentation by ForBio members will each be rewarded with a prize of 5000 NOK.

Associated workshops

ForBio is organizing a preconference and a postconference workshop, specifically intended for those that would like to get the most out of the meeting. These workshops will also be open to members not attending the meeting. The space is limited in both workshops and position will be filled in a first come first serve basis.

- Pre-conference workshop (24 April): Information Visualisation in Science Communication 

Tutor: Angela Morelli

This one-day workshop is a hands-on experience aimed at scientists and researchers who work in an environment that requires presenting information effectively. Participants will be introduced to the bright world of information visualization where the intersection of text and image, perception and cognition, beauty and function, logic and emotion enables us to create splendid visions and to reveal what hides behind our data. Participants will learn how to embrace the audience in the design process in order to identify the right messages and build memorable narratives. Participants will be required to complete some tasks beforehand.

Angela Morelli is an Italian information designer based in Norway. She has collaborated with a number of research organizations in Europe. She is an international speaker and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins in London. She runs Information Design workshops internationally for designers and non-designers. Angela has served as an ambassador for virtual water research and was named a 2012 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is CEO and co-founder of Infodesignlab.

- Post-conference workshop on DELTA and curatorial management (28-30 April)

Instructor: Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

The DELTA format (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) is a flexible and powerful method of recording taxonomic descriptions for computer processing. In this course you will learn how to create a DELTA dataset and take the most of its features: generation of fully formatted description for a taxonomic publications (how to write a taxonomic publication by pushing a button with consistent terminology and avoiding redundant phrases) and generation interactive identification tools. Delta matrices can be exported into Nexus format for phylogenetic analyses and allow the incorporation of text charcaters (such as author of the species, year of description, references reviewed, geographic distribution, habitat, notes, etc) and images. Curation of collections, collection databases and things to consider when dealing with digital data will also be dealt with in this course.

This course will take place in the NTNU Sletvik field station, two hours by car from Trondheim. ForBio will arrange accommodation, meals and transport to the station for ForBio members. ForBio associates and other attendees to the conference interested in this workshop should sign up for the course though the registration form. Please contact us if you have any questions.

All attendees need to bring their laptop. In the course you will learn DELTA step by step with a given example and later you can try out what you have learnt with data from the taxon you are working on yourself by setting up your own DELTA matrix. For this part please bring identification literature and printed keys of your favourite creatures.

Coleman, C.O.; Lowry, J.K., Macfarlane, T. (2010) DELTA for Beginners. An introduction to the taxonomy software package DELTA. Zookeys 45: 1–75 (2010)

Social events

Meet and Greet: this is an opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues during an informal dinner at the Vitenskapsmuseet (NTNU University Museum), on Monday 25 April at 6 pm. The meal is free for all participants but you need to register in advance when you register.

Conference dinner: the conference dinner will take place at Lian Restaurant, on Tuesday 26 April at 7 pm. The dinner is free for all participants but you need to register in advance when you register. We will provide further details about how to get there.


ForBio members

ForBio will book and pay for accommodation in single, double or triple rooms at the Trondheim Vandrerhjem, Weidemannsvei 41, N-7043 Trondheim. This is in the Rosenborg area, a 20 min walk from the meeting venue. If you would like to share a room with a partner or friend please mention it in the registration form. Accommodation costs for 2 nights, 25/4 - 27/4, will be covered by ForBio for ForBio members that present their research (poster or oral contribution). If you need accommodation for additional nights you will have to cover that yourself, but ForBio will arrange the bookings.

Contact Maria Capa if you have questions about the accommodation.

ForBio associates and other attendants

ForBio will pay for accommodation and travel for invited speakers and ForBio associates with accepted contributions. ForBio associates and other attendants without accepted contributions need to pay for their own accommodation, but some additional rooms have been prebooked for associates at the Trondheim Vandrerhjem. In the registration form you can indicate if you would like us to book one of these rooms. The rooms need to be paid for at arrival. Otherwise please book your rooms directly through the hotels or through

Contact Maria Capa for questions on booking of accommodation.

Travel to Trondheim

ForBio will cover the cost of return tickets to Trondheim for the annual meeting for ForBio members presenting a poster or oral contribution. The travel agent Berg-Hansen AS will organize this. When we confirm your registration and contribution we will provide specific instructions on how to book your travel through Berg-Hansen AS.

Transport to the city:

To Trondheim Vandrerhjem - The airport bus Flybussen stops at Rosendal. There is a 10 min walk (650 m) to the Hostel.

To Quality Hotel Augustin - Both airport buses, Flybussen and Vaernesekspressen stop at Dronningens gt, near the hotel (180 m)

To Sumh Huset - Both airport buses, Flybussen and Vaernesekspressen stop at Prinsen Kinosenter, 550 m away from the meeting venue Suhm Huset

To save paperwork we will not reimburse transport from the airport or in Trondheim.

For more information and registration, keep an eye on this site or apply for ForBio membership or become a ForBio associate to receive regular updates about this meeting and other events organized by ForBio.

Contact us if you have further questions regarding the meeting.

Published Jan. 12, 2016 11:16 AM - Last modified Oct. 27, 2017 1:35 PM