05 Jan 2019 · Report

BHBD Activity Report 2018 is now online

The report of the 2018 activities in the Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) Initiative is online now.

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Meeting: Russian Academy of Sciences

Yongbiao Xue sitting (front, on the right). Photo: BHBG

Meeting with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, on 27-29 June 2018.


Meeting with Korean Partners

Yiming Bao (right) is the project leader. Photo: BHBD

The meeting with Korean partners took place at IUBMB 2018 in the Korea Bioinformatics Center, in Korea, 4-8 June 2018.


Meeting in May in China

Yongbiao Xue presents the progress report at CAS. Photo: BHBD

The meeting took place at the CAS International Partnership Program in Guiyang, China on 28th May 2018. 


Meeting: Saudi Arabian University

At the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Photo: BHBD

Meeting at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, 25-29 March 2018.


Activities 2017

The project is building a consortium of BHBD with core members consist of countries and regions within IUBS. China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand agreed to be founding members, Korea is likely to join too.

see attached a slide presenting the timeline of the project

The website of the project was established:


Meeting with Pakistan partners

Meeting with partners at Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan from 12th to 15th July 2017.


Workshop on Science and Technology

Biodiversity: Global Awareness and Sustainability, Chian Mai, 6-8 November 2017

Workshop on Science and Technology - Biodiversity: Global Awareness and Sustainability, which was organized by the Thailand Research Fund and Chinese Academy of Sciences. Presentation of the BHBD

07 Jul 2017 · Initiative

New Initiative: Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data

The new inititive "Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data Initiative (BHBD)" launched in July 2017. The initiative will prepare a new scientific programme for future transnational research with the aid of the IUBS and their ordinary and scientific members.

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BHBD Initiative (2017-2019)

Biological research has entered into an era of big data including a wide variety of biodiversity data from all life forms on earth and covering a broadrange of health data from multiple omics levels as well as from clinics, physiology, lifestyle, environment, etc. In addition, such data is being generated at ever-growing rates and distributed throughout the world with heterogeneous standards and diverse limited access capabilities. Thus, providing open access to biodiversity & health big data is essential for an expedited translation of big data into applied knowledge and is becoming increasingly vital in advancing scientific research and promoting human healthcare and precise medical treatment.

In response to the appeal "Open Data in a Big Data World" released by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in March 2016, the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), a member of ICSU, has proposed a new scientific program initiative of Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) in July 2017. The greatest public benefit of this program can be realized provided biodiversity and health data are effectively and responsibly shared to the greatest extent through forward-looking standards that enhance data exchange and interoperability in a machine-readable manner.

Global sharing of BHBD is able to advance scientific research and promote the fair distribution of benefits throughout the world, which yet cannot be accomplished without engagement of the entire global communities on the following three issues:

  • To build the principles and mechanisms for global sharing of BHBD in accordance with laws and ethics of member countries.
  • To develop a big data platform for BHBD integration, translation and sharing that is publicly accessible to worldwide communities.
  • To promote the level of participation and influence of IUBS in global biological research.

We advocate your positive support and participation in this program to develop necessary solutions to open BHBD to the greatest extent.


Website of the Initiative:

BHBD is now a scientific programme for the triennium 2019-2022.

More information about BHBD Programme (2019-2022) is available here. 


BHBD Coordinator

Professor Yiming Bao

Beijing Institute of Genomics

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Beijing 100101


Phone: +86 10 8409 7858

E-mail: baoym[at]

web: (English)

web: (Chinese)