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Aris day 2024

Arise Day 2024


Get inspired

Arise and you

Lots of stuff has been happening in and around Arise, and we can't wait to tell you all about it! We have more of everything: more sensors, more samples, more lab equipment, more data, more AI and, of course, more and more people working on Arise, with Arise or wanting to know more about Arise.  


For all of you, March 27 is Arise Day.


Arise Day 2024 is fully booked. 
If you signed up and discovered you can't make it, please drop us an e-mail on so we can give your seat to someone else.

In short

What: An update on Arise, keynote speeches, workshops, entertainment, meet old friends, make new ones. All lectures and activities will be in English.


Who: Biologists, ecologists, AI specialists, data stewards, and everything in between. If your work relates to biodiversity in the Netherlands, it probably relates to Arise in some way. 


Where: Naturalis in Leiden.  
When: March 27, 9:00 to 17:00 (and drinks afterwards)

Costs: Free. Probably for the last time

The program

9:00 - 9:30   Doors open, Registration, Coffee

9:30 - 9.50   Opening words by Prof. Dr. Koos Biesmeijer & Elaine van Ommen Kloeke

9:50 - 10.45   Keynote Speech: Prof. Dr. Toke Thomas Høye

11:00 - 12:00   Arise Townhall: What did we achieve so far, and what is in store for 2024?

12:00 - 12:45   Lunch


13:00 - 14:00   Breakout Session 1
Pick one of the options below (or sneak off into the museum instead).

  • LiveScience: demonstrations from our Team Sampling, VR experiences, and a short lecture by Luc Hoogenstein. This part of Arise Day is open to museum visitors.

  • Auditorium: Arise User talks: how to work with Arise, and how to make your work part of Arise. Biologists, drone pilots, computer scientists and sample takers all have their say. 

  • Atelier: Workshop: From Sensor to Digital ID.
    Test Arise services and get a sneak peek at what's coming soon. Laptop required.

  • Tribune: Workshop: From Sample to Sequence ID.
    Building and using a DNA barcode reference library.  

  • TBA: Pollinator Park - VR experience about a future without insects.

14:15 - 15:15    Breakout Session 2

The same options as in round 1. 

15:45  Auditorium: Keynote Speech: prof. dr. Marion Koopmans

16:30  Auditorium: Group Discussion: How to create more public awareness of what biodiversity is and how it's faring?

17:00   Drinks

About the program

Luc Hoogenstein is an ecologist and nature photographer from Utrecht. During the pandemic, he set himself a challenge: find and identify at least a 1000 species in his small urban garden. He did exactly that (and more), and wrote a book about it. 

At Arise Day, he will talk about how he did it, and about how you can make your own garden welcoming to more species. 

LiveScience: 13:15 (English) and 14:30 (Dutch)

Luc Hoogestein
Toke Thomas Hoye

Prof. Dr. Toke Thomas Høye from Aarhus University in Denmark is a community ecologist. He is one of the pioneers monitoring biodiversity through sensor-based technology, which propels the the urgent demand for more cost-efficient monitoring of insects and other invertebrates. He is also the coordinator of MAMBO, a European research infrastructure for monitoring wildlife and their habitats 

Combining sensors, AI, deep learning and computer vision, will help answer biodiversity and ecological questions such as insect community responses to environmental changes.

Auditorium: 9:50-10:45  

Prof. Dr. Marion Koopmans from the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands is a virologist, best known for her work on emerging diseases and her role in the Outbreak Management Team that advised the Dutch government during the global covid pandemic.  Her interest in virology is much broader, however, as reflected in her 500+ publications.

She graduated and did her PhD in veterinary medicine, and is currently the head of the Erasmus MC's department of ViroScience. Marion Koopmans has received numerous awards not just for her scientific work, but also for her ability to communicate the results. These include the Dutch Irispenning for science communication, and the Stevin Prize from research funder NWO, for researchers with international reputations who have achieved an exceptional success in the area of knowledge exchange and impact for society.


Auditorium: 15:45-16:30  

Marion Koopman
Arise day 2024

Pollinator Park is an entertaining and educational VR-experience intended to raise awareness about the alarming decline of pollinators. It was developed by "bio-architect" Vincent Callebaut with the help of several scientific institutions, including Naturalis. 

Together with Leiden VR specialists Virtuorium, you can now experience it in Naturalis. 

9th floor restaurant: 13:00-15:30
Find out more about Pollinator Park.

Good to know

On March 25 & 26, the two days before Arise Day, Naturalis will host Empowering Biodiversity Research III, a two-day conference about biological research infrastructures like DiSSCo, MAMBO and... Arise. 
Find out more.

Staying around before or after the conference(s)? can give you valuable information about places to stay and what else to do while you're here. 

Arise day 2024

CCSA: W. Bulach.

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