Bio research leader GEO BON is moving to Montréal!

published on July 16, 2020
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Montréal is an international powerhouse when it comes to Artificial Intelligence, and several world-leading research hubs, trend-setting experts and groundbreaking companies call the city home. We’re proud to add to that list The Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), who are moving their headquarters from Leipzig, Germany to Montréal!

Keeping tabs

GEO BON brings together a network of experts in developing improvements to the way we monitor the Earth’s biodiversity, keeping a close watch not on changes in the world around us – but, through the increased use of AI, how we see them. Hosted by the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS), in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Natures et Technologies, McGill University, the Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke, GEO BON’s activities will gather information in support of national and international Sustainable Development Goals.

The announcement of GEO BON’s move closely follows the recent launch of the International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI), further marking Montréal as the place to be when it comes to AI’s cutting edge.

A sustainable city

This summer, Montréal was named the first Canadian city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index, while last year our convention centre the Palais des congrès de Montréal officially adopted the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, setting the path forward for meetings and events. We've also been a long-time leader in the areas of sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation, clean tech and the Montréal 2030 Agenda for Quality and Exemplarity in Design and Architecture is leveraging local creativity to take the city towards a greener future. GEO BON will share a home base with international organizations like the International Secretariat for Water and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

All that’s left to say is Bienvenue GEO BON!

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