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March 29 & 30 2023 will be Arise Days. You can sign up now!

Getting to know us

ARISE is gaining momentum, and we’re ready for more. That’s why, on the 29th and 30th of March, we will host two Arise Days at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. Two days filled with visionary keynote speakers, updates on ARISE, various interactive breakout sessions and workshops, outreach sessions with the museum visitors and of course networking opportunities. 


Get inspired

The program so far

Day 1 - 29 March - inspiration day

9:00 - 9:30 doors open, badges, coffee.
9:30 - 10:00 opening, what is Arise and how is it doing?


10:00 - 10:45 Keynote Speech: Ignas van Schaick: Using big box cinema for public engament with nature

11:00-12:00 Arise Townhall. Plenary session: What did we achieve at Arise and what is in store for 2023?

12:00-12:45 Lunch


12:45 - 15:30 Breakout sessions, 45 min per round.
Arise Sampling & Sequencing teams public demos (open to visitors of the museum)

Sensors & monitoring technology Market (open to visitors of the museum)
See the latest in wildlife cameras, field microphones and semi-autonomous monitoring tools

Biodiversity data & digital monitoring services

Round 1: Burooj Ghani & Rita Pucci (Naturalis) - Sound and image AI for biodiversity
Round 1: Eelke Jongejans (RUN) - Monitoring insects with Diopsis

Round 2: Stefan Vriend (NIOO) - SPI-Birds: synthesising long-term bird studies for global avian biodiversity
Round 2: Lars Koopmans (UvA) - Quantitatively studying predation in the wild

Round 3: Reindert Nijland (WUR) - The Fish Sensing box: integration of imaging, sound and eDNA
Round 3: Judy Shamoun-Baranes (UvA) Radar as a tool to study life in the air

ARISE in practise - testing out ARISE services (incl those not yet Live!)

Movie: Onder het Maaiveld (English subtitles) 100 min












15:45 -16:30 Keynote Speech 2 - Deon Nel: Perspective on the global biodiversity crisis and how to tackle it

Deon Nel is the Chief Conservation Officer for WWF Netherlands, where he oversees their programmatic
investments across five continents. Previously he has held the positions of CEO of the Global
Resilience Partnership and Global Conservation Director for WWF International. He holds a PhD in
Conservation & Ecology and master’s degrees in environmental law and Business Administration.

16:30 - 17:00 Wrap up session

17:00 - 18:00 Drinks & networking

Deon Nel.jpg
March 30 - Combining forces to tackle the biodiversity crisis
Together with Biodiversity XL

9:00-12:00 - Workshops 
Filling the targetlist & using the Sampling tool

In order to know and recognize all Dutch species, first we...gotta catch 'em all! 
We now know what we're missing, and we have developed tools so that anyone can help us. Here, you learn how they work, and you can also get your hands - well, lab gloves - dirty. 

Data management & Annotation (with NLBIF)

Your data is worth so much more if people can actually find it and use it easily. In the Data Management & Annotation Workshop you will learn the ins and outs of data and metadata standards, repositories to store your (meta)data, and their valuable contributions to improving the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR) of your data and thereby the transparency of your research. 

Note: Please bring a laptop. If you have one, also bring a biodiversity relevant dataset that you wish to use in the assignments. 

Scientific Illustration

We are very proud to have this one: prize-winning scientific illustrator Esmée Winkel will tell you about her work, why it cannot be replaced by photography and... how to do it yourself. We will provide materials and things to draw, but you'll have to bring some raw talent yourself. 

Digital Species Identification 

A mini-hackathon that teaches you how to get from an image or sound file to a species name. Please bring a laptop. Some basic experience with coding is necessary for this workshop, but you have it, it will be great fun. 

BioBlitz (with

Our palls at Waarneming have set up a special Arise Days Bioblitz in the area around Naturalis. Using the ObsIdentify app, you can help us map the biodiversity of the Leiden Bioscience Park even if you're not in this workshop. If you are in the workshop, you can get a peek under the hood of ObsIdentify, and a mini excursion outside to see the local biodiversity.


12:00-12:30: Lunch & photo competition

See the best pictures that were sent in for our photo competition, and vote for your favorite!

13:30 - 18:00 Biodiversity XL Afternoon
A special afternoon with the Biodiversity XL consortium program in a nutshell: 
Tour through museum/lab/collection
Panel Discussion - working with external organisations
Sampling in the Netherlands - Combining sampling efforts & citizen science.
Documentary De verwonderaars by Rik van der Linden (no English subtitles)
If you signed up, you will receive the full program shortly. 

Registration for both days is closed

You can email for a spot on the reserve list, but your access now depends on other people canceling. You can prevent this by signing up earlier next year.

Onder het Maaiveld.jpg


Practical information
about the location can be found on here on the Naturalis website.

I don't see a mention of an entry fee anywhere?

That's because it's free. We cannot guarantee this for 2024, so all the more reason to join now!

Will there be a livestream again?
Sadly, no. Due to budget constraints and lifted covid measures, we're opting for a real life-only version this year.

Will the entire days be in English?

We aim to be accessible to the non-Dutch people working on or with the Arise infrastructure, so yes. Conceivably, some of the breakout sessions may switch to Dutch if everyone there speaks it, but don't count on it.  The screening of the documentary De Verwonderaars on March 30 will be in Dutch only.

I have a disability that requires special attention

You are very welcome to join us! Naturalis is fully accessible by wheelchair. We aim to accommodate all other disabilities too, but please let us know about them in advance so we can be sure to make the necessary arrangements.


I signed up but I didn't receive any confirmation!

There most definitely was a confirmation on your screen when you filled in the form, but you're not the only one who managed not to see it. We'll work with confirmation emails again next year. Rest assured, if you filled in the form, we have received your registration and you will get a follow-up email with the final details soon. 

*What was that bit about a photo contest?

It's organized by Biodiversity XL. You can join by sending a picture of your work, or in relation to your work, with a caption (max. 100 words) to The winner will be announced at the event, and receive a special prize. 

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