Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference

When: 28 November – 3 December 2011
Where: Adelaide, South Australia

The Consortium for the Barcode of Life and the University of Adelaide invite you to join us in Adelaide, Australia from 28 November – 3 December 2011 for the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference. This conference will be an exciting opportunity for participants to gain an insight into DNA barcoding and meet the community driving this rapidly advancing biodiversity research movement forward. The conference aims to bring together the international and national leaders in this area which will allow direction for the field to be set for the next 5 years.

Delegate and scientific abstract registration is now open at

Sign up before it’s too late (abstract deadline 15th June).

Building on the momentum achieved at the 3rd International Barcode of Life Conference held in Mexico City, the conference expects to attract 350 delegates from more than 50 countries, and will bring together leaders in the field of this rapidly expanding area; so we hope you will join participants from around the world for the biggest barcoding event ever! The conference will also showcase the growing commercial applications and opportunities that are being created through barcoding.

The 2011 International Barcode of Life Conference will address a range of Barcoding applications and developments, including illegal wildlife and timber trade; pest and disease diagnostics; forensics; quarantine identifications; environmental monitoring and assessment; animal, plant and microbial systematics; and Beyond Barcoding.

More information about the Conference, including accommodation, is available at: Introduction to Barcoding by Prof Andy Lowe About Barcoding [PDF, 63Kb]

Initial conference program

The main scientific sections will be held on 30 November-3 December, with 28-29 November set aside for pre-conference workshops. An initial conference program is available at:

Important dates

  1. Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN. Deadline: 15 June 2011. Submit your abstract at:
  2. Conference Registration and Accommodation Bookings NOW OPEN at:
  3. Travel Bursary Applications NOW OPEN. Deadline: 15 June 2011. Submit your application for a travel bursary at: Note: Travel bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis to approximately 30 doctoral students and to participants from developing countries, contingent on the availability of funds. Applications will be judged according to the applicant’s past involvement in DNA barcoding and their plans for future involvement. Priority will be given to applicants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation. Questions about travel bursaries should be posted on the Connect social network – see
  4. Agenda with speakers available: 1 August 2011

Conference contact details

Twitter: dnabarcodes2011

About the conference venue

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia in Australia. The Conference will be held at the University of AdelaideUniversity of Adelaide  sits in a world-class biodiversity precinct including the South Australian Museum, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, and Adelaide Zoo.

Historic Bonython Hall will host the social nerve centre of the conference, as this will be the site for sponsors and exhibitors displays as well the site for the consumption of morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch. Bonython Hall is one of the showcase buildings of Adelaide University, which is Australia’s third oldest University and will provide an outstanding focus point for these core conference activities.