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“Together on the way out of the biodiversity crisis” was the title of the Biodiversity Days 2023 from November 8th to 10th, which took place at BOKU Vienna.
In 9 sessions, different aspects of the biodiversity crisis and different actors were addressed. This breadth of topics was only possible through the first-time cooperation between 5 organizing institutions. ABOL would like to thank the Institute for Hydrobiology and Water Management (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna), the Austrian Biodiversity Network (University of Continuing Education Krems), NOBIS – Network of Biological Systematics Austria, and the ZooBot – Zoological-Botanical Society in Austria for the successful collaboration. The success is reflected not only in the fact that the event was sold out with more than 200 participants on site (many more took part online), but above all in the lively discussions and solution-oriented approaches of the individual sessions.
The conference opened with a very thrilling video message from Jane Goodall: an appeal to stand up for nature and biodiversity – just like she did. The morning keynotes by Franz Essl “Green transformation – please together with nature” and by Alice Vadrot “Biodiversity policy in the tradeoff between scientific evidence and diversity of values” as well as the panel discussion with BM Leonore Gewessler and representatives from the Science and the Austrian Biodiversity Council can be viewed on the BOKU Vienna YouTube channel.
The first morning was dedicated to the ecosystem water, which is now one of the most threatened ecosystems. In addition to presenting the dramatic situation of many aquatic species, practical protection and restoration projects were also presented and possible solutions were outlined in a joint discussion. The afternoon was dedicated, on the one hand, to taxonomic experts in teaching and research, and, on the other hand, to the importance of platforms and associations in biodiversity research. Possibilities and approaches were presented to counteract the loss of knowledge of species among the population and the decline in specialists in various species groups. As part of the evening event, various specialist associations and platforms were able to present themselves and network with posters over drinks and snacks.
The morning of the second day was filled with lectures by young scientists on a wide range of topics from biological systematics, ecology, biodiversity and nature conservation. The Young Researcher Prize was awarded by a jury at the evening event for the best lectures and posters. The afternoon was dedicated to the topics of monitoring in times of biodiversity crisis and the responsibility of science in times of multiple crises. Both sessions featured long and exciting discussions, but in the end the time was still too short. The demand for an Austrian biodiversity center was not only raised in these two sessions. The creation and management of high-quality biodiversity data and their integration at national and international levels has been repeatedly discussed as an urgent goal.
The presentation of the annual barometer of Austrian biodiversity policy by the Biodiversity Council opened the last day of the event and led to the panel discussion entitled “Dialogue with Politics”. Conclusion of this year’s barometer continues the trends of the Biodiversity Council’s previous evaluations: “too little and too slow”. At the political level, the need for action has already been recognized and initial goals have been defined – but it has also been clearly shown that the implementation  is a major challenge due to the framework conditions of practical policy.
The event concluded with sessions on communication of biodiversity sciences and ecosystem services, with further thematic interfaces between science, nature conservation and society.
The conference further strengthened the biodiversity landscape in Austria and networked it in many ways!
We would like to thank our sponsors, the co-organizers and everyone who contributed to the successful event!




The  Days of Biodiversity will be organized this year as a joint conference by ABOL, BOKU, Network Biodiversiy, NOBIS and ZooBot at BOKU in Vienna, so there will be no separate ABOL conference in 2023. The program will be very diverse and is intended to appeal to science, stakeholders and the general public. Planning is in full progress, we’ll keep you informed!

After 2 years of virtual conferences, we were very happy to be able to hold the ABOL annual conference physically again this year. On November 18th the time had come. The 9th ABOL conference took place in the Haus für Natur, Museum Niederösterreich, after the 5th Austrian Biodiversity Forum. As usual, the lecture program was exciting and very broad in topics. The inspiring keynote lecture by Natasha de Vere from the University of Copenhagen on pollen metabarcoding was one of the morning highlights, followed by lectures on different applications of metabarcoding and eDNA barcoding. We were also very pleased to welcome Cyprian Katongo from the University of Zambia to the ABOL meeting and hear about planned DNA barcoding activities in Zambia. The focal points in the afternoon were the detection of disease vectors using DNA barcoding, but also various groups of organisms such as molluscs, butterflies, gentians and the impressive dung fungi. We would like to thank all the speakers for their exciting contributions and the participants for the lively discussions. Unfortunately, with around 55 participants, the conference was less well attended than the conferences before the pandemic.
Special thanks also go to the Museum Niederösterreich for the good cooperation and our sponsors Microsynth, Eppendorf and MDPI Diversity.


Impressions of the meeting (Photos: M. Sonnleitner):

Gruppenfoto ABOL 2022

Gruppenfoto ABOL 2022

Dear ABOL Community

We would like to continue the tradition of annual ABOL conferences. The 8th ABOL meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 following the Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at the Danube University Krems. The two events will again be organized together as Days of Biodiversity. We hope that face-to-face events are possible, but if necessary we will hold them ONLINE.

We will keep you informed and ask you to save the date!

*** It is planned to hold the Days of Biodiversity 2021 as a Green Meeting. ***

Best regards,

the ABOL coordination team


Dear ABOL community,

our this year´s ABOL meeting will take place on Friday 6th of December in Innsbruck.

In advance, a DACH User Group Meeting on “DNA Methods in Environmental Management” will be held on 4th  and 5th of December together with Germany and Switzerland.

There will be a common as well as separate registration possible. We look forward to your participation.

Please save the date! More detailed information will follow.

Best regards,

your ABOL coordination team

Dear ABOL community,

First of all a thank you to all participants of our ABOL meeting. This year we decided for the first time for accompanying workshops – thank you for the stimulating discussions, we hope to be able to offer such events again soon. A special thanks to all presenters for the thrilling contributions. This allowed us to get a good overview of what is already running and what is possible with DNA barcoding.

Thanks to all for the many, positive feedback. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope for fruitful cooperation next year.

Our picture gallery gives a small impression of the two days at the NHM (photo credits: A. Schumacher, M. Sonnleitner, should anyone not agree with the publication of one or more pictures, please send an email to abol@nhm-wien.ac.at) ,

Best regards, your ABOL team

Dear ABOL community and biodiversity enthusiasts,

the program of this years´ABOL meeting is now complete and can be downloaded here: program-ABOL-meeting2018.

For further information please visit our conference website!

We are happy that so many people have registered and hope for productive workshops and an exciting symposium!

Your ABOL coordination team



The registration for the iBOL Conference is now open:
The 8th International Barcode of Life Conference takes place from 17th to 20th of June 2019 in Trondheim, Norway. We are looking forward to meet some of you there!

Additionally, we want to recommend the very illuminating newly launched iBOL website: http://ibol.org



Dear ABOL community and biodiversity enthusiasts,

This year’s ABOL meeting will take place on 6th and 7th December 2018 at the Natural History Museum Vienna.

The REGISTRATION PERIOD has been extended until 31st October 2018 !

Please register for the workshops (on 6th December) and for the scientific conference (on 7th December) via e-mail to abol@nhm-wien.ac.at.

There are still open slots for talks at the conference! Please submit abstracts for talks and posters to the above mentioned e-mail address.

Further information about the conference can be found on our website: https://www.abol.ac.at/en/abol-meeting-2018/

Please pass the information on to interested parties!

We look forward to your participation!

The ABOL coordination team



Dear ABOL community, dear biodiversity enthusiasts,

Next year the the global barcoding community is meeting in Trondheim, Norway at the 8th iBOL conference. If you are interested to join, please save the 17.-20. June 2019 in your calendar. The conference website is already online. Under you will find information about the venue and the key data for the conference.

We hope to see as many of you in Trondheim

Your ABOL Coordination Team