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pro-iBiosphere Management Meetings in Leiden
Stephanie Morales

On Friday the 15th of February 2013, meetings with the pro-iBiosphere Advisory Board (AB) and Consortium members took place. 

At present, the AB is composed of four members from major global biodiversity initiatives with interests from the users’ and the developers’ side. AB members will meet at least once per year to provide their recommendations for improvement of the overall project results and activities.  Additional members have been contacted and will join the project AB during the next months.
The Consortium Meeting, aimed at providing an overview of the project status, progress of the different work packages and tasks, and to take actions for the next 3 months of the project.  
Discussions centered on the outputs and first impressions on the project series of workshops organised in Leiden and the suggestions on how to improve the quality and effectiveness of future workshops to be organised in the coming months. Taking into account the feedback received by participants of the meeting, all partners agreed that the first series of workshops that were organised resulted in being a success. 
The first report on partners’ "exploitation plans and sustainability" was released by the end of February 2013. Further dissemination efforts undertaken by all partners in the coming months will ensure a broad project visibility among the biodiversity community and also that first project results reach a wide audience.
At present, various pro-iBiosphere pilots are being conducted and first results will be available by the end of May 2013.
The next and third Consortium Meeting will take place on May 24, 2013 in Berlin on the occasion of pro-iBiosphere Meeting #3,_May_2013.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312848