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Third Regional Barcode Meeting in Campinas, Brazil


March 19-20, 2007

Campinas, Brazil


CBOL held a successful second regional barcoding meeting in Campinas, Brazil on 19-20 March 2006. A regional meeting is planned for South East Asia in the near future.


Images from the meeting





March 14-16, 2007

Buenos Aires, Argentina


A joint ABBI-FISHBOL meeting was held at the National Museum of Natural History in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Meeting Agenda


Images from the meeting



Sloan Foundation Protist Barcoding Workshop


November 6-7, 2006
Portland, Maine


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation held a Protist Barcoding Workshop in Portland, Maine, on 6-7 November 2006 (see Agenda with Meeting Report and links to presentations)




Second Regional Barcoding Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya


October 16-17, 2006


Nairobi, Kenya


CBOL held a successful second regional barcoding meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 16-17 October 2006. Future regional meetings are planned for Brazil in March 2007 and to be determined location in South Asia Spring 2007.


Images from the Meeting



Data Analysis Workshop


July 6-8, 2006
Paris, France


CBOL's Data Analysis Working Group held an international workshop at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris on 6-8 July 2006 (see Meeting Report; pdf, 484Kb)



Census for Marine Life Workshop


May 15-17, 2006
Amsterdam, Netherlands


The Census of Marine Life held a DNA Barcoding Workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 15-17 May 2006 (see Meeting Report (pdf, 194Kb) and agenda with links to presentations).


DNA Recovery from Formalin-fixed Specimens


May 8-9, 2006
Washington, D.C.


The National Research Council has released the pre-publication report (pdf, 486Kb) of a workshop on "the formalin problem".  The workshop was organized by CBOL and was co-sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, the US Environmental Protection Agency, New England Biolabs, Sigma-Aldrich Corp., the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCENT) at Duke University, and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.


First Regional Barcoding Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa

April 7-8, 2006
Cape Town, South Africa

CBOL held a regional barcode meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on 7-8 April 2006 (see Meeting Report; pdf, 377Kb). Future regional meetings are planned for southern Asia, eastern Africa and South America.

New Molecular Approaches for Characterizing and Understanding the Diversity of Coral Reef Ecosystems

September 25-29, 2005


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute hosted "New Molecular Approaches for Characterizing and Understanding the Diversity of Coral Reef Ecosystems". The Workshop itself was held at the Bocas del Toro marine laboratory on the dates of 26-29th of September 2005. The workshop was funded by the Smithsonian Institution's Marine Science Network and the Sloan Foundation via a grant to the National Museum of Natural History. Special emphasis is placed on initiatives for bar-coding well-characterized groups and using environmental sampling to estimate diversity in less well understood groups. Contact Nancy Knowlton or Biff Bermingham


Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik Annual Meeting

September 13-16, 2005
Basel, Switzerland

The "Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik" (Society for Biological Systematics) held its 2005 annual meeting at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland on September 13-16. 145 participants from 7 countries gathered in Basel to focus mainly on three topics: DNA-based identification (‘Barcoding’), historical biogeography with special emphasize on mountain regions, and the role of systematics in environmental protection. A Barcoding symposium with five invited speakers took place on Thursday, September 15, which was supported by the Consortium for the Barcode of Life. In a public Podium Discussion about DNA-Barcoding that same evening the potential as practical tool for species identification in taxonomic research, biodiversity studies and conservation was addressed.


ABBI Organization Meeting

September 7-9, 2005
Harvard University

The "All Birds Barcoding Initiative" (ABBI) held its organizational meeting at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA on 7-9 September 2005 (by invitation only).


First International Barcode Conference

February 7-9, 2005
London, U.K.

220 participants from 44 countries gathered at The Natural History Museum, London, for the first International Barcode Conference, 7-9 February 2005. The conference was organized under the auspices of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life and was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Natural History Museum, London . The latest results of barcoding projects were presented along with plans for ambitious new initiatives.

The agenda and most speaker presentations are now available online. In addition, the full text of the proceedings volume, published as a themed issue of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions (Biological Sciences), is also available online without charge.

Library and Laboratory: the Marriage of Research, Data and Taxonomic Literature

February 4-5, 2005
London, U.K.

Eighty participants from 22 countries gathered in London on Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 February 2005 to discuss the status and future of access to the taxonomic literature (see Meeting Report). The goal of the meeting was to review the degree to which taxonomic information (especially research publications in taxonomy) have been made available in digital form to the research community, and to propose an agenda for actions that would improve the research environment for taxonomy. The participants were taxonomists; librarians; publishers; representatives of learned and professional societies, private foundations and government agencies; and specialists in information and communications technology.

Open Meeting on the Scientific Aspects of DNA Barcoding

May 25, 2004
Washington , D.C.

A Consortium of major natural history museums and herbaria launched the Barcode of Life Initiative, an emerging collaborative effort to promote a process enabling the rapid and inexpensive identification of the estimated 10 million species of Earth's fauna and flora. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, host of the Secretariat for the Consortium, held this organizational meeting of the Barcode of Life Consortium on May 24, 2004.

Meeting Report
Meeting Participants


  Barcode of Life Secretariat c/o National Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 37012 MRC 105, Washington, DC 20013-7012, Tel: +1-202-633-0808, Fax: +1-202-633-2938