Join the Biosensing Revolution: Global Biosphere Sensing Network launch

Fri Mar 08 2024 at 10:30 am to 03:15 pm

Nexus | Leeds

Horizons Institute
Publisher/HostHorizons Institute
Join the Biosensing Revolution: Global Biosphere Sensing Network launch
Join the Global Biosphere Sensing team for the launch of this interdisciplinary network
About this Event

In the face of global challenges such as reversing biodiversity loss, combating emerging diseases, and ensuring agricultural sustainability, our planetary biosphere is undergoing unprecedented change.

Concurrently, there is a revolution in our ability to observe and monitor this change through new sensing technologies, automation, and artificial intelligence. These developments bring enormous opportunities to generate the information needed to make informed policy choices, but also raise crucial questions around privacy, equitable access to data, and the global politics of widespread, automated data collection, requiring input from many disciplines across both STEM and humanities.

The Global Biosphere Sensing Network is an initiative supported by the Horizons Institute at the University of Leeds to build an interdisciplinary network of researchers to tackle these issues to place Leeds at the forefront of the “biosensing revolution”.

The network seeks to build on existing research strengths by connecting researchers to support novel interdisciplinary funding bids, develop doctoral training initiatives, and to enhance the impact and reach of their work with outside stakeholders and end users.

This event will introduce the network and is aimed at people from a wide range of academic disciplines from STEM and humanities, as well as non-academic partners, interested in all aspects of biological and environmental monitoring and its social implications.

We will introduce the network's core concepts, goals, and areas of interest, showcasing examples of the University's existing research strength in these domains. Importantly, the event is designed to gather input from the community to shape future collaborative endeavours and identify initial areas of interest that could serve as foundations for interdisciplinary working groups.

This event will take place in-person (with talks also being available online) on Friday, 8 March between 10.30 and 15.15 in the Nexus building at University of Leeds. A tentative agenda is outlined below, offering participants a comprehensive overview of the exciting initiatives and collaborative opportunities that the Global Biosphere Sensing Network aims to foster.

The Global Biosphere Sensing Network team

, Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, with expertise in molecular ecology marine mammal conservation and emerging infectious diseases

, Associate Professor of Observational Atmospheric Science, with expertise in remote sensing and modelling

, Lecturer in Sustainability and the Environment, with expertise in land-use change, conservation and biodiversity

Help with attendance

As part of our commitment to ensure everyone who wants to attend this event is able to do so, we are able to offer financial support with childcare or transport to the event. If you would like to enquire further about this, please contact the Global Biosphere Sensing team

Draft agenda

10.30 Refreshments

10.45 Welcome, introduction to, and overview of, the network

11.00 Speed talks – a range of short talks covering all aspects of the network

12.00 Lunch - during the lunchbreak there will be a range of demonstrations of the various technologies available for biosphere sensing for you to look at, learn about and speak with other researchers.

13.00 Breakout session introduction*

13.20 Breakout session 1

14.10 Breakout session 2

15.00 Wrap-up and next steps (leads from breakout sessions to feed back)

15.15 Close

*The breakout sessions will be confirmed on the day of the event so they can be tailored to the audience – you will be able to select which you attend on the day – when you register you can indicate topics you are particularly interested in learning more about


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Nexus, Discovery Way, Leeds, United Kingdom


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