The scientific program will run over four full days with plenaries in the mornings and parallel sessions in the afternoon. Please see program-at-a-glance for a schedule overview, and the Full Conference Program for details on all sessions. The social program includes an organ concert in the Nidaros Cathedral, a Welcome Reception in the Archbishop’s Palace, and a Gala Dinner at the Conference Venue.

Keynote speakers

Dan Janzen (University of Pennsylvania, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste): BioAlfa – to DNA barcode an entire tropical country for the survival of its biodiversity

Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History): Censusing Coral Reefs in the 21st Century

Junko Shimura (UN Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity): Overview of the outcomes of UN Biodiversity Conference 2018 and Q&A in relation to DNA barcoding

Colomban de Vargas (Sorbonne University, CNRS): GO-SEE: Global Ocean Systems Ecology & Evolution

Plenary speakers

Inger Greve Alsos (Tromsø Museum, UiT – Arctic University of Norway): Towards plant barcode 2.0 and its application in environmental and ancient DNA studies

Michelle van der Bank (University of Johannesburg): Savanna tree origins and the paleoenvironment of our hominin ancestors

Hugo de Boer (Natural History Museum, University of Oslo): Metabarcoding in Herbal Product Authentication – Where are we today?

Kat Bruce (NatureMetrics): Making good on the promise of molecular monitoring

Mike Bunce (Curtin University): DNA metabarcoding in the past, present & future

Melania Cristescu (McGill University): Can environmental RNA revolutionize biodiversity science?

Kristy Deiner (University of Zurich, The Natural History Museum London): Global measure of the terrestrial biosphere by understanding biogeochemical cycling of environmental DNA

Paul Hebert (University of Guelph): BIOSCAN – Revealing ecoregion dynamics and species interactions

Florian Leese (University of Duisburg-Essen): When is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush – and when not? Considerations about implementing DNA-metabarcoding in legally binding biodiversity monitoring

Jan Strugnell (James Cook University): Dating West Antarctic ice sheet collapse using molecular sequence data

Xin Zhou (China Agricultural University): Pollen preference and diet diversity of eastern honey bees revealed by genome-skimming

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