Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for International Biodiversity Research Collaboration
City of Knowledge, Panama
January 10-13, 2006




[ January 3, 2006 ]

Cyberinfrastructure for International Biodiversity Research Collaboration
Hotel Country Inn and Suites, Amador and Convention Center
City of Knowledge, Panama
1013 January 2006

Tuesday, 10 January
AM & PM Participants arrive, Tocumen Airport, and use pre-arranged transportation to hotel
2:00 PM Hotel check-in and meeting registration in hotel lobby at table, workshop folders available
3:00    National Coordinators and Moderators meeting; hotel room to be determined
5:00 Reception at hotel, poolside, bocas with a cash bar
6:00 Short welcome announcements
8:00 Reception concludes, dinner on your own at nearby restaurants
Wednesday, 11 January
7:00 AM Breakfast at hotel
7:45 Transport to Convention Center
8:30 Opening Remarks
Julio Escobar, SENACYT, Panama
Harold Stolberg, NSF, U.S.
Schedule and meeting objectives for Day 1
Jim Beach, U. Kansas and J. Ibarra, Florida Intl. U.
9:00 Plenary Speaker 1: Jorge Soberon, Univ. of Kansas, U.S.
9:30  Plenary Speaker 2: A. Town Peterson, Univ. of Kansas, U.S.
10:00  Break, coffee
10:30 Plenary Panel One (60 minutes): Biodiversity and Ecological Informatics Research.  Round table discussion on environmental informatics, biological research projects. No PPT slides

Moderator: Miguel Equihua, Instituto Ecologia, Mexico

1. Luis Cubilla, Universidad de Panama, Panama
2. Rodrigo Bernal, Humboldt Institute, Colombia
3. Edwin Castellanos, Univ. del Valle, Guatemala
4. Jorge Jimenez, Org. Tropical Studies, Costa Rica
5. Steve Kelling, Cornell University, U.S.
6. Tony Fountain, San Diego Supercomputer Center, U.S.
7. Eric Graham, UCLA, U.S.
8. Mark Schildhauer, SEEK Project, U.S.


Q&A panel discussion (30 minutes)

12:00  Lunch at Convention Center (60 minutes)
1:00   Plenary Panel Two (60 minutes): Round table discussion, Cyberinfrastructure for collaborative biodiversity research. No PPT slides

Moderator: Silvia Spengler, NSF

1.  Raul Hazas, CICESE, Mexico
2.  Dewayne Hendricks, Dandin Group, U.S.
3.  Florencio Utreras, CLARA, Uruguay
4.  Gabrielle Allen, LSU, U.S.
5.  Lee Liming, U. Chicago, U.S.
6.  Erick Mata, INBIO, Costa Rica
7.  Guy Cormier, UPR, Puerto Rico
8.  Carlos Casasus, CUDI, Mexico

2:00 Q&A panel discussion (30 minutes)
2:30  Charge to breakout groups (15 minutes)
2:45 Coffee Break (30 minutes)
3:15 Breakout Session One (75 minutes):Creating Opportunities for Collaborative Biodiversity and Ecological Research. Five groups.
4:30 Breakout Group reports (90 minutes): 1-2 PowerPoint slides each, discussion
6:00 Session ends. Transport directly to Pencas Restaurant
7:00 Group dinner
9:30-10:00 National Coordinators and Breakout Moderators meet to analyze progress, and plan for Day 2.
Thursday, 12 January
7:00 AM Breakfast at hotel
7:45 Transport to Convention Center
8:30 Plenary Session

Schedule and Objectives for Day 2; Summary of findings from Monday discussion (Beach and Ibarra)

9:00   Plenary Panel Three (60 minutes): Policy and Funding. Round Table discussion of national priorities, sustainability, activities and programs, funding and feedback mechanisms and relevance.

Moderator: Jose Lever, CONACYT, Mexico

1. Marta Cehelsky, IDB/NSF
2. John Marchioni, Consultant, JRS Foundation., U.S.
3. Camilo Acosta, CRUSA, Costa Rica
4. Harold Stolberg, NSF, U.S.
5. Julio Escobar, SENACYT, Panama
6. Babette Regierer, Univ. Potsdam, Germany
7. Yaneth Rodriguez, Colciencias, Colombia
8. Saul Hahn, OAS, U.S.

10:00 Q&A panel discussion (30 minutes)
10:30 Break, coffee (30 minutes)
11:00 Breakout Session Two (60 minutes): Identifying Effective Organizational Models and Mechanisms for Biodiversity Research Collaborations: Current and Future. Five groups.
12:00 Lunch at Convention Center (60 minutes)
1:00 PM    Breakout Group reports (90 minutes): 1-2 PowerPoint slides each, discussion

Plenary Panel Four (60 minutes): Coordination and Collaboration. Round table discussions of emerging international network collaborations, biodiversity research communities, and virtual teams/organizations

Moderator: Ivan Valdespino, IABIN, Panama

1. Don Henshaw, LTER Network, U.S.
2. Atzimba Lopez, LTER Network, Mexico
3. Ana Sittenfeld, Univ. Costa Rica
4. Peter Arzberger, SDSC, U.S.
5. Sandy Andleman, Conservation, U.S.
6. Heidi Alvarez, FIU, U.S.
7. Emilio Sempris, CATHALAC, Panama
8. Ana Preston, Internet2, U.S.

3:30 Break, coffee (30 minutes)
4:00 Charge to Breakout Groups (15 minutes): Polish up draft statements, add references to case studies, success stories, recommendations for specific actions to be taken. Next steps.
4:15 Breakout Session Three (60 minutes): Achieving Broader Impacts: Applied Objectives; Education, Outreach and Training. Five groups.
5:15  Breakout Group reports (75 minutes), 1-2 PowerPoint slides each, discussion
6:30 Closing Remarks, Meeting ends, (30 minutes)
7:00 Transport to MiraFlores restaurant for group dinner
7:30   Dinner in Miraflores upper dining room
9:30   Transport back to hotel (Meeting over for all but Writing Committee)
Friday, 13 January
7:00 AM  Breakfast, hotel checkout for departing participants
8:00 Transportation to Barro Colorado Island for participants on field trip
8:00 Transport Writing Committee to Convention Center conference room
12:00 PM  Lunch for Writing Committee at nearby restaurant
1:00 Transport to BCI for Writing Committee for ½ day field trip
6:00 Transport back to hotel, dinner on your own
Saturday, 14 January
  AM            Writing Committee and field trip participants checkout of hotel