The UK DNA Working Group provides an open and transparent forum for government agencies, academics, and wider stakeholders to discuss the use of DNA and eDNA in monitoring and therefore assisting in the management of biodiversity and ecosystems.This annual conference is designed in a way to share learning and progress in this field, explore technical challenges, develop collaborative opportunities and leverage research funding. It supports several Technical Groups* focusing on applications in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems and this year’s conference will be themed around these groups. We would also like to support the development of Technical Groups on ‘Standards & Validation’ and on ‘Reference Databases’, and so submissions on these topics would be very welcome. Academic submissions that highlight the relevance of findings and/or methods for conservation and environmental management will be prioritised for presentations – more preliminary or proposed work can and should be submitted for consideration as a poster.
* The Technical Groups in place are:
- Macro invertebrates in rivers
- Fish in lakes
- Invasive non-native species
- Pond biodiversity
- Phytobenthos group
All oral presentations will be 10 minutes in length (with 2 minutes for questions). Further time for bespoke questions to presenters will be made available in the various break out sessions.
There is space for 20 posters which will be up throughout the conference and we encourage more preliminary work to be submitted in this format.
Half the second day will be given over to break out sessions (focused around the working groups) and specific deliverables and objectives will be outlined by the individual leads of these groups with specific ‘goals’ on moving the groups to the next stages of development and use of these DNA technologies in policy.
The costs for this conference have been considerably reduced due to generous support from supporting groups - Environment Agency, Natural England, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Marine Scotland Science.
2 day conference registration fee £70
3 course conference dinner on the first night £35
Call for Abstracts
To submit your abstract please click here.
Abstracts should be submitted by 5pm on the 17th September. You will receive notification by the 1st October if you have been successful in securing a talk or poster.
- Oral Presentations - 300 word abstracts for presentation as 10 minute talks with 2 minutes for questions
- Poster Presentations – 300 word abstracts.
There is an option to book on to the conference dinner that will be taking place at Masa Restaurant on the evening of Monday 26th November. To attend please select the box below in the booking form, payment for this must be made prior, you will find this option on our payment page.
Staying over in Derby
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Getting to the venue
The Conference will be held at the University of Derby's Enterprise Centre. Located in the heart of the East Midlands, our venue is just minutes from Derby train station and only a short distance from the M1 and East Midlands Airport.
By Car - For driving directions to our venue here is the PDF of our Enterprise Centre Directions. Free onsite parking is available however this is limited. We will be in touch closer the date of the event to give you an opportunity to secure an onsite parking space.
By Rail - The closest train station is Derby train station; this is approximately 2.5 miles from the Enterprise Centre and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively you can catch the Number 6 Uni Bus which departs from outside the main entrance of the train station and will take you to Bridge Street bus stop directly outside the venue, this service starts at 8am and a single trip will cost £2. Please see this link for further information.
By Air - The closest airport is East Midlands, located just 15 miles from the Enterprise Centre. This should take around 25 minute by car. Alternatively Derby Skylink operate a 24 hours bus service, picking up directly outside the terminal building and dropping off at Derby Bus Station. This service runs every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the night, seven days a week and takes approximately 40 minutes.
To book a place on this conference, please complete the form below: