TDWG 2013 Annual Conference

Florence, Italy

Monday 28th of October - Friday 1st of November 2013

(with Welcome Reception at La Specola on Sunday October 27th 19:00)

Conference Theme

The primary theme of TDWG 2013 is

"Virtual Communities for Biodiversity Science"

We are soliciting symposia and individual presentations that address the theme, but any contribution addressing the management, integration, and interoperability of biodiversity information will be entertained.

Computer demonstrations, contributed papers, and meetings of TDWG Interest/Task Groups will be accommodated as fully as possible. If the number of contributed papers exceeds the space available, authors may be asked to contribute posters.

Posters are strongly encouraged as a means of presenting ongoing innovative activities in the community for which program time may not be available.

Call for Papers - Abstract Submission

A call for abstracts and session proposals has been announced:

  • The program committee is soliciting contributions that address the conference theme or other topics in biodiversity informatics.
  • Abstracts could be presented for Contributed Papers, Symposia, Lightning talks, Posters, Computer Demos, Special Interest Groups (IGs) and Working (IG Task) Groups.
  • When there is more than one author, the first author will be assumed to be the point of contact. This person or a designated substitute must be available for correspondence between the submission deadline and the meeting.
  • Abstracts will not be peer-reviewed or formally edited before being made available on the TDWG website for the meeting
  • Author guidelines appear on the Call for Paper initial webpage and also on Step One of the Abstract Submission Process (you can view this without yet submitting your abstract)

The call for abstracts and session proposals closed on Sept. 25th. 2013.

You can now see the abstracts for accepted presentations at http://www.mobot.org/tdwg/2013/schedConf/presentations. A Program PDF can be found here and the latest Announcements and Program Changes can be found here! .

(*) Please note that the OCS (Open Conference System for abstract submission) is not integrated to TDWG's Single sign-on for the website or wiki. To submit an abstract or manage any abstracts submitted to your Track (if you are a symposium or workshop organizer), your password for the Open Conference System can be reset with your email. The (OCS) system may ask you to change your password the first time you log in. Please notify William Ulate william(dot)ulate @ mobot(dot)org if you are still not able to log in or if you have any questions about the system.

Final Program

TDWG_2013_CONFERENCE_SCHEDULE__22_OCT_.pdf

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Program Committee

  • Gail E Kampmeier – Co-chair – University of Illinois
  • Heimo Rainer – Co-chair – University of Vienna

Symposia and Workshops

Interest and Task Group Meetings

  • Image Interest Group Multimedia Resources Task Group Audubon Core (AC) - convener: Bob Morris
  • Biological Descriptions and Identification - convener: Gregor Hagedorn
  • Genomic Biodiversity Working Interest Group - convener: John Deck
  • Semantics4Biodiversity - convener: Elizabeth Arnaud
  • Technical Architecture Group - convener: Greg Whitbread
  • Species Information Interest Group - convener: Paco Pando
  • Economic Botany - convener Nicola Nicolson

TDWG 2013 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) members

ROLE NAME
Local Member
Luca Bartolozzi
University of Florence
Local Agency
Italy Destination Labs

an Uvet American Express Division

Via A. Lamarmora, 36
50121- Florence
Italy

Phone: +39 055 5539734
Fax: +39 055 5539741

Web-site: www.italydestinationlabs.it
E-mail: info@italydestinationlabs.it

Registration

Please register for the conference at: www.regonline.com/tdwg2013 (*)

While registration fees are higher this year than before, these fees cover lunch (Monday - Friday), the reception (Sunday), and rental of the meeting facilities.  We did not obtain a special rate by guaranteeing that most participants would stay in the conference hotel.  You are free to stay wherever you like, and we hope that everyone will be successful in finding their own balance between amenities and expense. 

The banquet on Thursday night is optional, and tickets can be purchased with registration.

 

Date-Time

Member Price

Non-Member Price

Early registration EXTENDED!

until Sep 7, 23:59 UTC+1

€600

€655

Normal registration

until Sep 30, 23:59 UTC+1

€650

€705

Late registration

Oct 1, 00:00 UTC+1 or later

€700

€755

 

(*) Please note that RegOnline (for conference registration) also requires a sign-on, and is a separate secure system from the abstract submission (OCS) and from TDWG website, and thus a separate password with your email address is needed. If you have problems logging on, please contact Stan Blum (SBlum[at]calacademy[dot]org).

 

 

Venue

The venue of this year's Annual Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference will be the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence, Italy from October 28th to November 1st.

The Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is an elegant 4-star hotel facing the Arno river banks (called "Lungarni"), in the Santa Croce district.

The new Congress Centre"Il Globo", completely renovated, offer airy and luminous rooms, with natural light too, and is equipped with the most modern technologies.

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Lungarno del Tempio, 44
50121 Florence
Italy
Phone: +39 055 055 660241
Fax: +39 055 055 679560
Web site:www.hotelmediterraneofirenze.com
E-mail: info@hotelmediterraneo.com

Accommodations


Local organizers have selected some hotels in Florence, from 5 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Conference Venue. SPECIAL RATES have been arranged for conference participants.


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Hotel Prices

  HOTEL
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A Grand hotel Mediterraneo 4*** -
Conference Venue   SOLD OUT!
€ 125,00 € 150,00 € 170,00
B Hotel Home Florence 4****   To book the last rooms available here! € 120,00 € 140,00 On request
C Hotel Balestri 3*** sup.   SOLD OUT! € 100,00 € 115,00 On request
D Hotel Silla 3***   SOLD OUT! € 80,00 € 100,00 On request

Prices are per room per night, including breakfast and VAT.

There is an additional booking fee of of € 15,00 per room.

Prices do not include the City Tax to be paid directly at the hotels. The amount of the city tax is €4,00 for 4 star properties and €3,00 for 3 star properties per person, per night.

Points of Contact

For logistical issues please send your inquiries to:

  • Gail Kampmeier - [Initial][First4LettersLastName]@illinois.edu

  • Heimo Rainer [FirstName].[LastName]@nhm-wien.ac.at

  • Chuck Miller - [FirstName].[LastName]@mobot.org

  • Stan Blum - [Initial][LastName]@calacademy.org

  • Patricia Mergen - [FirstName].[LastName]@africanmuseum.be


Transportation

How to get to Florence

By Airplane

Florence is served by two Airports:

  • Amerigo Vespucci Airport, situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 kilometres from the city centre. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus “Vola in bus” operating between the airport and the central railway station by the public bus company ATAF. Tickets can be bought on board or at the newspaper stall or at the Bookshop: cost € 6,00. Taxis can be found outside the airport: with a 15 minutes ride you reach the city centre at a conventional price of € 20.00.

  • Galileo Galilei Airport near Pisa, about 80 kms from Florence. The airport is linked to Florence by rail and road: a direct train service runs from the airport to Florence central railway station (Firenze S.M.N.) every 60 minutes, and it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. The price starts from € 7,80. Information about schedules are available on www.trenitalia.com. There is also a Terravision bus service, the journey time is approximately 70 minutes and the stop is at Florence central railway station (http://www.terravision.eu/florence_pisa.html)

By Train

Frecciarossa trains connect Milan-Bologna- Florence-Rome on the high speed line.
The Frecciarossa Milan central station-Florence Santa Maria Novella central station run every 60 minutes and take 1 h and 45 minutes. The Frecciarossa trains Rome Termini central station –Florence Santa Maria Novella central station run every 30 minutes and takes 1 hour and half. Please remember that on these trains a supplement is required and tickets must be bought in advance (www.trenitalia.com).

Once in Florence….

How to get to the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo:

Grand hotel Mediterraneo is a 25 minutes taxi journey from Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport. The price is approximately 30,00 €. Taxis can be easily found outside the airport.

If you arrive at the "Santa Maria Novella" railway station, you can walk to the hotel (30 minutes) or catch the N° 14 bus (ATAF public bus company - ticket € 1,20 ) and get off at the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo stop in Via Arnolfo (behind the hotel). The Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is at about 150 metres.

A Taxi from the railway station to the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo costs around € 15,00. Taxis can be easily found outside the railway station. Taxis in Florence can be ordered by telephone (055 4242 or 055 4390) or found at the official taxi stands. You cannot stop a taxi on the road.

Most venues chosen for this Conference in Florence are 5 to 15 minutes distance from each other.

Travel Information

Visitors from EU countries must have a valid national ID card to enter Italy. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport. For some countries a visa is required. Participants are requested to check with the Italian consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country or with their travel agency for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required . Information about visas is available on the website: www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp

Liability and Insurance

The Conference Secretariat and the local organizer cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Currency Exchange, Credit Cards and ATMs

The currency unit in Italy is Euro. International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Foreign currency may be changed at banks during normal banking hours (from Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 13.30 hrs and from 14.30 to 15:30 hrs), at hotels, at airports, at post and exchange offices. ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and the Florence airport.

Climate

The average daytime temperature in Florence in October is 21°C. Night time temperatures drop to 10°C.

Shopping hours

Many of the big shops in central Florence stay open all day from 10am-7.30pm with slightly shorter hours on Sundays; some of these will stay closed on Monday mornings. Smaller shops close at lunchtimes from 1pm to 3.30-4pm and are closed on Sundays.

Phone Calls

For International phone calls to Italy, dial the International code +39 followed by the area code number (including “0”) and the telephone number (ie. To call Florence : +39 055 123456)

Voltage, Socket and Plugs

The electrical current in Italy is 220-volts, 50Hz A/C.

Italian CEI 23-16/VII plugs and sockets rated 16 A (left) and 10 A (right)

Socials

Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The conference welcome cocktail will be hosted at
The Section of Zoology "La Specola"
Museum of Natural History
University of Florence
via Romana 17
50125 Firenze
The Section of Zoology 'La Specola', founded by the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine, was opened to the public in 1775, and it's the oldest scientific museum in Europe.

It holds the largest collection of anatomical waxworks in the world, manufactured between 1770 and 1850 and over 3.500.000 animals, of which only 5.000 are in view to the public.


Exclusive opening of the museum for TDWG!

 

Banquet

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The social dinner will be hosted at the “Osteria dei Baroncelli”. It is located behind Piazza della Signoria, in the oldest heart of the city, a stunning frame for an unforgettable evening.


A narrow and picturesque street, actually a “chiasso” that starts alongside the Loggia dei Lanzi and follows the winding walls of the Uffizi. Halfway along this street, there is one of the city’s oldest buildingsan old-fashioned 13th century mansion between via Lambertesca and Piazza della Signoria, which was formerly the home of the noble Baroncelli family since 1200 and which hosted some of the Florentine arts for a long time.
There is now a restaurant in this building that takes its name from the family and the street: the Osteria dei Baroncelli.


Don’t let the name deceive you. The building is a recently restored restaurant that retains its secular charm thanks to the architectural details that are on show (such as the original 13th century columns) and the cheery intuition of dedicating the rooms to the great master of Italian art such as Simone Martini, Raffaello, Caravaggio and Leonardo.


This restaurant, located 25 minutes by walk from the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, has been renovated in the style and tradition of the historical centre.


It can accommodate 300 people and offers typical Tuscan and Italian specialities prepared with all the grace and passion of the Chef and offers a wide selection of wines.

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  • The Conference Venue will be the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Lungarno del Tempio, 44. Ph.055 660241
  • The Welcome Cocktail will be on Sunday, October 27th at La Specola, Via Romana, 17. Ph.055 205 5930.
  • The Social Dinner will be on Thursday, October 31st at the Osteria dei Baroncelli at Chiasso dei Baroncelli, 1. Ph.055 288219

Things to see and do in Florence

Florence at a Glance

A mesmerizing wonder set in the Tuscan hills , Florence contains many beautiful art galleries, monumental buildings, and magnificent palaces that give the city a certain vibrancy that is unique to the rest of the world. Few cities can boast the wealth of artistic masterpieces to be found within the walls of the city of Florence, undisputed birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Stendhal staggered around its streets in a perpetual stupor of delight; the Brownings sighed over its charms; and E.M. Forster’s Room with a View portrayed it as the great southern antidote to the sterility of Anglo-Saxon life.

The city is overflowing with masterpieces in the styles of the Renaissance, Gothic, and Neo-Classical periods. Names from its dazzling historical past, Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, Brunelleschi, are some of the most resonant of the medieval age. But to see the Tuscan capital simply as Europe’s preeminent city of art would be to ignore not only its role as a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis, but also to overlook its more unsung charms: the greatest designers, Italy’s most visited gardens the best ice-cream, idyllic strolls, a broad range of handcraft workshops, shops of every style and taste, eating experiences that range from historic cafés to the country’s most highly rated restaurants.

Its nightlife is lively; one needs only to step outside at night to take advantage of the revelry found in various bars, restaurants, and clubs.

This fertile land is blessed with the best grapes, and the lush greenery on the horizon of the city is a world-famous sight. The greater Florence area has a number of towns and attractions to entice you on a day-trip from the city or even act as a base for exploring the region.


You can choose from the following Full-day and Half-day excursions:

Full-day Excursions

Starting time

Meeting point

Duration

Cost

Includes

  • Pisa - Lunch in Lucca and
    Tour of the City by Bicycle

       Confirm before Thu. Oct.24
  • Sat. Oct. 26, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    8 hours

    143 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available full day (max 8 hours)
    Bus city tickets
    English speaking local assistant available for 8 hours
    English speaking local guide available for max 6 hours
    Entrance ticket to the Cathedral and Baptistery in Pisa
    Lunch drinks included at typical restaurant in Lucca
    Bike available for 2 hours in Lucca
    Vat

  • Discovering Florence
       Confirm before Thu. Oct. 24
  • Sun. Oct. 27, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    8 hours

    84 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available half day (max 4 hours)

    Bus city ticket
    English speaking local guide available for 6 hours
    Entrance ticket to the Church of Santa Croce
    Lunch drinks included at typical restaurant
    Ice cream tasting
    vat

  • Venice
       Confirm before Thu. Oct.24
  • Mon. Oct. 28, 8:00

    Conference Venue

    11 hours

    160 euros per person
    (min 10p)

    Bus available for return transfer hotel-railway station-hotel
    Local assistant for transfer to the railway station in the morning
    Return fast train ticket Florence-Venice-Florence (second class)
    English speaking local guide in Venice available for max 4 hours
    Entrance to the Basilica of St Mark and the Doge’s Palace
    Vat

  • Siena and San Gimignano
    with Visit and Lunch at Winery

       Confirm before Thu. Oct.24
  • Tue. Oct. 29, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    8 hours

    124 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available full day (max 8 hours)
    Bus city tickets
    English speaking local assistant/guide available for 8 hours
    Entrance ticket to the Cathedral in Siena
    Lunch and wine tasting at local winery
    Vat

  • Rome
       Confirm before Thu. Oct.24
  • Wed. Oct. 30, 8:00

    Conference Venue

    11 hours

    143 euros per person
    (min 10p)

    Bus available for return transfer hotel-railway station-hotel
    Local assistant for transfer to the railway station in the morning
    Return fast train ticket Florence-Rome-Florence (second class)
    English speaking local guide in Rome available for max 6 hours
    Vat

  • Cooking Class at San Donato Farm
       Confirm before Tue. Oct.29
  • Thu. Oct. 31, 8:00

    Conference Venue

    8 hours

    142 euros per person
    (min 7p - max 16p.)

    Bus available full day (max 8 hours)
    Cooking class with lunch
    Vat

  • Tour of Wine Cellars
    in the Chianti Region
  • Fri. Nov 1, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    8 hours

    124 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available full day (max 8 hours)
    English speaking local assistant available for 8 hours
    Tour of the winery + lunch and wine tasting at the Castle of Verrazzano
    Tour of the winery + wine tasting tasting at Villa Vignamaggio
    Vat

  • Cinque Terre
       Confirm before Thu. Oct.31
  • Sat. Nov. 2, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    10 hours

    138 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available full day (max 10 hours)
    English speaking local assistant available for 10 hours
    English speaking local guide at the 5 terre
    Lunch drinks included at typical restaurant in Vernazza
    Vat

  • Val D’Orcia: Pienza and
    Montepulciano

       Confirm before Thu. Oct.31
  • Sun. Nov. 3, 9:00

    Conference Venue

    10 hours

    112 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 24p.)

    Bus available full day (max 10 hours)
    Bus parking in Montepulciano
    English speaking local assistant available for 10 hours
    Visit of winery in Montepulciano with lunch and wine tasting
    Vat



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    Half-day Excursions

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    Starting time

    Meeting point

    Duration

    Cost

    Includes

  • Special Opening of the Vasari Corridor
       Confirm before Oct.29
  • Thu. Oct 31, 15:00

    Conference Venue

    3 hours

    72 euros each
    (Confirmed! - max 25p.)

    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours,
    Vasari Corridor extraordinary opening fee and
    entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery.

  • Chianti Half-Day
       Confirm before Thurs. Oct.24
  • Sun. Oct. 27, 14:00

    Conference Venue

    4 hours

    60 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 25p.)

    Bus available for half day excursion to the Chianti region (4 hours),
    English speaking local assistant and
    visit of Vignamaggio wine cellars with tasting of two wines accompanied by typical products

    Tour of Florence

  • Classic
       Confirm before Thurs. Oct.24
  • Mon. Oct. 28, 14:30

    Conference Venue

    3 hours

    25 euros per person
    (Confirmed!)

    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours.

  • With Visit at the Uffizi Gallery
       Confirm before Thurs. Oct.24
  • Tue. Oct. 29, 14:30
    NOT AVAILABLE ON MONDAY

    Conference Venue

    3 hours

    40 euros per person
    (Confirmed!)

    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours and
    entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery with reservation.

  • With Visit at the Accademia Gallery
       Confirm before Thurs. Oct.24
  • Wed. Oct. 30, 14:30
    NOT AVAILABLE ON MONDAY

    Conference Venue

    3 hours

    40 euros per person
    (min 7p.)

    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours and
    entrance ticket to the Accademy Gallery with reservation.

  • Pisa: Galileo Galilei Themed Tour
       Confirm before Tue. Oct.29
  • Thu. Oct. 31, 14:30

    Conference Venue

    4 hours

    48 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 25p.)

    Bus available for half day excursion to Pisa (4 hours),
    bus city ticket,
    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours (meet the guide in Pisa) and
    entrance ticket to the Cathedral and Baptistery

  • Siena Half-Day
       Confirm before Wed. Oct.30
  • Friday Nov. 1, 14:30

    Conference Venue

    4 hours

    50 euros per person
    (min 15p - max 25p.)

    Bus available for half day excursion to Siena (4 hours), bus city ticket,
    English speaking local guide available for 3 hours (meet the guide in Siena) and
    entrance ticket to the Cathedral



    Reserve now clicking here!



      Last Modified: 01 November 2013