IDB 2023 in The Netherlands

IDB 2023 in The Netherlands

IDB 2023 in The Netherlands


  22 Mei 2023 | 13:00-18:00 | Botanical Gardens, Utrecht Science Park, Utrecht

Biodiversiteitsfestival / Biodiversity Festival

poster of the biodiversity festival in Utrich, The Netherlands


Nederland is helaas een van de wereldleiders op het gebied van biodiversiteitsverlies. Onderzoekers van de Universiteit Utrecht verbeteren de wetenschappelijke basis voor effectieve bescherming en herstel van biodiversiteit. Inzicht in effectieve maatregelen is van groot belang: meer biodiversiteit maakt ecosystemen stabieler en kan de gevolgen van klimaatverandering helpen verzachten.

Op de Internationale Biodiversiteitsdag organiseren we een Biodiversity science and impact Festival om stakeholders, actief op het thema biodiversiteit, en UU-wetenschappers uit verschillende disciplines met elkaar te verbinden. Zo kunnen we samenwerking vinden en elkaar versterken op onze weg om de curve van het biodiversiteitsverlies te buigen.

In English: The Netherlands is unfortunately one of the world’s leaders in biodiversity loss. Researchers across Utrecht University are improving the science base for effective protection and recovery of biodiversity. Insight into effective measures is vital: greater biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable and can help mitigate the consequences of climate change.

On International Biodiversity Day we organize a Biodiversity science and impact Festival to connect stakeholders, active on the theme of biodiversity, and UU scientists from different disciplines. This way, we can find cooperation and strengthen each other on our way bending the curve of biodiversity loss.

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Utrecht University:

logo of the University of Utrech in The Netherlands


  22 May - 01 July | Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen

ICA Biodiversity Challenge 2023 (ICA BioBlitz 2023)

Banner for the ICA Biodiversity Challenge 2023 (ICA BioBlitz 2023)


With this ICA Biodiversity Challenge 2023 we put forward an activity for all ICA members that is fun, brings our staff and students together, and sparks engagement with biodiversity:

“We will engage to protect and enhance the biodiversity of our own life science university grounds, campuses and other estates, for them to become enlightening examples and teaching tools for biodiversity-based development.”

17 ICA universities have enthusiastically agreed to participate in this Challenge between 22 May (International Day on Biodiversity) and 30 June. For these six weeks, staff and students will be counting species on their university grounds. On the 30th June, we will share the results and highlights and discuss our experiences during an interactive (online) closing event.

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Wageningen University & Research, in close cooperation with the ICA Secretariat, takes up the organisation of the ICA Biodiversity Challenge 2023.

What is the ICA Biodiversity Challenge (ICA BioBlitz 2023)

A BioBlitz is an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area and timeframe.

The ICA Biodiversity Challenge is a ‘BioBlitz’, in which the number of species found on campus is counted. Anyone – students, staff, but also visitors - can join and add species into the, Obsidentify or Obsmapp apps. The number of species registered in the app can be followed in real-time. We will set up a platform that shows the observations of each participating university, making it possible to keep track of each other's progress.


bioblitz in action

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Websites: Wageninggen Biodiversity Challenge
News article: Hunting for critters with your colleagues or neighbours

Tool: register your observations:


Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) NPA

Naturalist Biodiversity Center


Nationale Databank Flora en Fauna

Green Office Wageningen






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