Biodiversity Biobanks South Africa
Launch & Forum 2023
The BBSA Forum 2023 will run from 28 February 2023 to 1 March 2023, and will see the official launch of the Biodiversity Biobanks South Africa, celebrating the network of institutions that preserve, maintain and utilise South Africa’s vast biodiversity biobanking resources – and provide critical research infrastructure for answering important questions about our world.
Attendees are invited to join us for the official launch of the Biodiversity Biobanks South Africa, a Department of Science & Innovation Research Infrastructure project hosted by SANBI, to celebrate a shared vision of the potential of biobanking in South Africa and beyond.
Biodiversity Biobanks Forum Details
- Date: 28 February 2023 to 2 March 2023
- Time: 09h00 for 10h00 – 17h00
- Venue: 26 Degrees South Hotel, Beyers Naude Drive Zwartkops, Muldersdrift, Gauteng
Established as part of the Department of Science & Innovation’s Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR) and co-ordinated by SANBI, the BBSA provides a coordinating structure across several of South Africa’s existing biodiversity biobanks, with the main aim of increasing the range and quality of samples stored and/or distributed, and increasing and improving access for research and development through a single, centralised data portal, which will also allow more strategic collection of samples.
SANBI CEO Mr. Shonisani Munzhedzi will open proceedings, and the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) will conduct the formal launch. Researchers from biobanks all over South Africa will discuss the utility of biobanks for food security, conservation, biotechnology and capacity development, and the challenges biobanks face in pursuit of this.
We hope that you will join us for this event which provides a unique opportunity to build the biodiversity biobanking community in South Africa.
For more information on the official launch of the BBSA, please consult the attached programme or read this. And for further enquiries about the launch, the network or related matters, contact Michelle Hamer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Hamer – Project Lead
Biodiversity Biobanks South Africa
BBSA Institutional Videos: Introducing The BBSA
The BBSA Launch will also provide the opportunity to share our institutional biobanks story – in visual form. To that end, we’re asking interested attendees to produce a short video introducing your biobank. Nick will compile the clips into one video to show at the Launch.
This should be 3-5 minutes long, preferably narrated, and cover the following:
Basically (in any order):
- Introduce your institution (name, location, type of collection)
- Show us what it looks like (the building, inside the biobank, inside the freezers to show what the samples look like)
- What collections you hold
- Who you have working on the biobank (in whatever capacity)
- Any interesting factoids (our institution is known for…)
- Anything else you’d like to say about the institution, the BBSA, etc.
Guidelines: Some Things To Keep In Mind
- Video length: 3 to 5 minutes should work (if it’s longer, we can help cut it)
- Lighting: Film in a well-lit area
- No camera? No problem – use a smartphone.
- Go horizontal: Shoot in landscape mode (especially on a smartphone).
- Suggested free editing software: Windows Movie Maker, Windows Video Editor, DaVinci Resolve, Hitfilm, OpenShot, VSDC, Shotcut, Apple iMovie
- Keep your phone/camera steady by placing it on a tripod/stand. If you don’t have one, you may find one of the props here useful: https://fixthephoto.com/diy-iphone-tripod.html, https://filmora.wondershare.com/youtube/how-to-stabilize-your-camera-without-camera-stand.html
- Be Creative: Tell your story any way you like.
Deadline for submission to Nick – 21 February.
Please can you upload your video to the following Google Drive folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11YMf5FxsiGFe99EpxRSKlne8HhRnubb1?usp=sharing
Need a hand? It’s your video, but we’re here to help in whatever way we can. Just reach out to Nick at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make a plan, not to worry.
What are biodiversity biobanks?
Biodiversity biobanks are repositories of biologically relevant resources, including reproductive tissues such as seeds, eggs and sperm, other tissues including blood, DNA extracts, microbial cultures (active and dormant), and environmental samples containing biological communities….