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What is your name?
Tim Hirsch
What is your job title?
Deputy Director
What organisation do you work for?
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Access and benefit sharing, Agriculture, Biodiversity targets, Biotechnology, CBD negotiations, Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Endangered species, Forests, Protected areas, Taxonomy
What languages do you speak?
English, Portuguese
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Deputy Director of the world's foremost biodiversity data infrastructure, with an unconventional career path leading from 20 years in journalism through science communication consultancy to leadership and global advocacy in the sharing of biodiversity information.

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The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is looking for a dynamic Science Writer

The Secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a dynamic Science Writer, to help communicate the value of GBIF’s work to key audiences.

Among the tasks of the Science Writer will be to:

  • Ensure consistency of language and messaging across GBIF publications and platforms, based on needs and audiences identified in the forthcoming GBIF Communications Strategy;
  • Develop and maintain dynamic news…

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 19:07

Brazil joins global initiative for biodiversity data access

Copenhagen / Brasília  – Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to biodiversity data.


The formal step of becoming a GBIF Participant was the signature of the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding by the Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp.


The MoU commits a…


Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:30

Biodiversity data network helps map plants used in Aboriginal medicine

Innovative use of data accessible through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) may help to identify areas of high cultural value, based on plants used in traditional medicine by Aboriginal people in Australia.

The Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase (CMKb), based at Macquarie University, is teaming up with the…


Posted on August 28, 2011 at 16:14

It's not just the climate, stupid

Ask the average, well-informed punter to name the most significant current environmental threat to human societies, and she or he is very likely to answer climate change. Indeed, it is common for people to use climate change and the environment interchangeably.

As long ago as 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) concluded that climate change was just one of five principal drivers behind threats to the benefits we derive from…


Posted on February 10, 2011 at 13:10

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