This course is rather specialized in the spectrum of courses that will be given as part of the Biodiversity Informatics Training Curriculum project, as it focuses on development and establishment of institutions that focus on biodiversity informatics. As a consequence, we envision participants as individuals who are more advanced, with the potential to participate in creation of such institutions. See, as examples of such institutions, Mexico's CONABIO (http://www.conabio.gob.mx/
), Brazil's CRIA (http://www.cria.org.br/
), Costa Rica's INBio (http://www.inbio.ac.cr/en/
), Colombia's Humboldt Institute (http://www.humboldt.org.co/iavh/
), Australia's Atlas of Living Australia (http://www.ala.org.au/
), and South Africa's SANBI (http://www.sanbi.org/
), all examples of such institutions, albeit very different from one to the next. For this course, we will have as 'experts' several personalities who have participated in the establishment of such institutions providing commentary and insight into the process, and giving ideas and strategies for establishment of such institutions in other regions and countries. Special focus will be placed on situations particular to developing-world countries.
The course will take place 23-26 July 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa. Potential applicants should note that all courses will be taught in ENGLISH, but that we will make every effort to accommodate French-speaking applicants as well, via translation if possible.
All researchers, students, technicians, planners, managers, and other interested persons from across Africa are welcome to apply. To maximize cost-effectiveness, participants from outside of southern Africa will be limited in number, particularly in light of plans to hold parallel courses in at least three other African cities in the near future. Approximately 10-15 applicants will be selected to participate in the training course. Final selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:
1. Applicability of course material to the applicant’s occupation, research, studies, or overall interest.
2. Adequate knowledge or experience in related fields so as to maximize the benefit of participation in the training course.
3. Potential for further sharing and diffusion of knowledge acquired during training.
4. Strength of letter of recommendation from current employer/supervisor.
Cost of Attendance
Thanks to support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, costs of participation in the course will be covered by the program. Transportation costs will be covered, and meals will be provided during training sessions; per diems will not be provided, in light of all relevant expenses being covered. To maximize numbers of course participants that the program can accommodate, participants residing in the Cape Town area, within a commute of approximately 1 hour of the venue will be reimbursed for daily travel to and from the course. Lunches and snacks during breaks will be provided for these local participants. Course participants traveling from outside Cape Town will be funded for travel from the closest major city in their home or resident country to Cape Town and back. These longer-distance participants will be provided food and lodging near the venue for the duration of the course.
Applicants are responsible for assuring that all of the following materials are in the hands of the program organizers.
1. Application form (found below):
a. All prompts denoted by a " * " are required information
b. Answer all questions explicitly; Please do NOT copy and paste your CV into answer blanks.
2. Letter of recommendation from employer/home institution
3. Curriculum vitae (CV)
Completed applications are due no later than 15 MARCH 2013 and applicants accepted to the training course will be notified by approximately 15 APRIL 2013. Application materials and any questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the course organizers (Town Peterson is the project director) at BiodivTraining@gmail.com