Integrative projects involving researchers from Biodiversity, Computer and Information Sciences are bearing fruits in Paraíba and connecting multiple institutions, theoretical domains, data and applications. This research network brings an innovative conception for biodiversity knowledge synthesis and its application to decision-making and environmental education. Such innovations have been collectively built by the scientific community in Paraíba based on a tripod formed by:

  1. advanced data curation tools, data science, and artificial intelligence, which are articulated by the DATAPB project – eScience for Sustainability (funded by the Paraíba State Research Support Foundation) and the International Joint Laboratory on Sustainability IDEAL (funded by the French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development);

  2. extensive experience and data from multiple research groups focused on various types of animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms, integrated via PRONEX Biodiversity of Paraíba;

  3. philosophical, sociological and anthropological references solidly established in principles of open science, participatory research, interculturality, and adaptive governance, in tune with the forefront of sustainability sciences and addressing the main challenges of the Anthropocene.

This network is now entering a new phase, expanding its discussions and making data and tools available to subsidize transdisciplinary research in sustainability with a focus on the reality and needs of the Northeast region of Brazil. 

The next step in consolidating this network will take place between April 25 and 26 at the UFPB Campus I in João Pessoa, with the 1st Integration Workshop of PRONEX Biodiversity of Paraíba. The workshop will present key concepts and products and processes under development within the network.

Photo: Blonde capuchin, Sapajus flavius, at RPPN Engenho Gargaú by Thomas de Carvalho Callado  C (License  CC BY 4.0).

Check below the complete schedule of the 1st Integration Workshop of PRONEX/FAPESQ-PB:

Biodiversity of Paraíba

Date: April 25 and 26, 2024

Location: Auditorium of UFPB Superintendencies, Campus I, João Pessoa.

APRIL 25, 2024

8:30 – Opening.

9:00-9:40 – Lecture: “PRONEX/Biodiversity-PB Data Management Plan“. Dr. Guilherme Ataíde Dias (UFPB).

10:00 – 12:00 – Round table: “Flora and Fungi of Paraíba – Current Knowledge and Perspectives“. Dr. Maria Regina V. Barbosa (UFPB), Dr. Shirley Rangel Germano (UEPB), Dr. Sérgio Romero S. Xavier (UEPB), Dr. Felipe Wartchow (UFPB), and Dr. George Emmanuel Cavalcanti de Miranda (UFPB).

13:30 – 15:30 – Round table: “Terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates of Paraíba ecosystems“. Dr. Alessandre Colavite (UFPB), Dr. Solange Maria Kerpel (UFCG), Dr. Francisco José Pegado Abílio (UFPB), Dr. Márcio Bernardino da Silva (UFPB), and Dr. Waltécio de Oliveira Almeida (URCA).

15:40 – 17:40 – Round table: “Marine invertebrates of Paraíba“. Dr. Jéssica Prata (UFPB), Dr. George Joaquim G. Santos (UFCA), Dr. Miodeli Nogueira Junior (UFPB), Dr. Thelma Dias (UEPB), Dr. Rudá Amorim (UFPB).

APRIL 26, 2024

8:30-9:45 – Exhibition on the Biodiversity of Paraíba: species found in the ecosystems of the state. The exhibition will be at the Casa da Ciência, located on the ground floor of the Department of Systematics and Ecology (DSE) of the Center for Exact and Natural Sciences (CCEN).

10:00-12:00 – Round table: “Biodiversity of Paraíba: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals“. Dr. Gentil Filho (UEPB), Dr. Viviana Marquez Velásquez (UFPB)/Dr. Ricardo Rosa (UFPB), Dr. Washington Vieira (UFPB), Dr. Daniel de Oliveira Mesquita (UFPB), Dr. Helder Farias P. Araújo (UFPB), and Dr. Pedro Cordeiro Estrela (UFPB).

14:00-14:45 – Lecture: “Sustainability Atlas of Paraíba: connecting emerging paradigms, data, and institutions towards adaptive governance“. Dr. Rafael Luis G. Raimundo (UFPB and IDEAL IJL).

15:00 – 16:30 – Round table: “Use, conservation, and threats to the biodiversity of Paraíba“. Dr. Tacyana Pereira R. Oliveira (UEPB), Dr. Fátima Agra (UFPB), and Dr. Rômulo Romeu N. Alves (UEPB).

16:30 – Concluding remarks.