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LifeCLEF 2023


LifeCLEF 2023 Workshop - 18 & 19th Sept - (in the context of CLEF 2023 conference, programme)

Schedules are provided in local time (Thessaloniki) = UTC+3

16:10 - 17:40 LifeCLEF session 1 - Monday September 18

Teams video conference link: (click here)

Chair: Alexis Joly (Inria, PlantNet)

  • 5’ Introduction
  • 25’ SnakeCLEF & FungiCLEF overview - Lukáš Picek (Univ. of West Bohemia) and Milan Šulc (Second Foundation)
  • 15’ SnakeCLEF participant - Benjamin Bracke (Fachhochschule Dortmund – University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
  • 15’ BirdCLEF overview - Melissa Weidlich-Rau (Chemnitz University) 
  • 15’ BirdCLEF participant - Mario Lasseck (Berlin museum) (Naturalis)
  • 15’ PlantCLEF overview - Hervé Goëau (CIRAD, PlantNet)

9:30 - 11:00 LifeCLEF session 2 - Tuesday September 19

Chair: Hervé Goëau (CIRAD, PlantNet)

Teams video conference link: (click here)

  • 25’ Invited talk - Meta-learning across different geographic location (land cover) - Marc Russwurm (Wageningen University) - virtual talk
  • 15’ GeoLifeCLEF challenge overview - Benjamin Deneu (Inria, PlantNet)
  • 15’ GeoLifeCLEF participant - (KDDI, Japan) - virtual talk
  • 15’ FungiCLEF participant - Stefan Wolf (Fraunhofer IOSB)
  • 20’ Invited talk - Acoustic species recognition at EU scale  - Dan Stowell  - virtual talk


  • Jan 2023: registration opens for all LifeCLEF challenges
  • Jan-March 2023: training and test data release
  • 17 May 2023: deadline for submission of runs by participants
  • 26 May 2023: release of processed results by the task organizers
  • 5 June 2023: deadline for submission of working note papers by participants [CEUR-WS proceedings]
  • 23 June 2023: notification of acceptance of participant's working note papers [CEUR-WS proceedings]
  • 7 July 2023: camera ready copy of participant's working note papers and extended lab overviews by organizers
  • 18-21 Sept 2023: CLEF 2023 Thessaloniki


Building accurate knowledge of the identity, the geographic distribution and the evolution of species is essential for the sustainable development of humanity, as well as for biodiversity conservation. However, the difficulty of identifying plants, animals and fungi is hindering the aggregation of new data and knowledge. Identifying and naming living organisms is almost impossible for the general public and is often difficult even for professionals and naturalists. Bridging this gap is a key step towards enabling effective biodiversity monitoring systems. The LifeCLEF campaign, presented in this paper, has been promoting and evaluating advances in this domain since 2011. The 2023 edition proposes five data-oriented challenges related to the identification and prediction of biodiversity: (i) BirdCLEF2023: bird species recognition in audio soundscapes, (ii) GeoLifeCLEF 2023: location-based prediction of species based on environmental and occurrence data, (iii) PlantCLEF 2023: image-based plant identification at global scale (300K classes), (iv) SnakeCLEF 2023: snake species identification in medically important scenarios, and (v) FungiCLEF 2023 Fungi recognition from image & metadata

Registration and data access

Please look at the registration process on the page of each challenge.

CLEF Conference and working notes

CLEF Initiative CLEF 2023 logo

LifeCLEF lab is part of the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF). CLEF consists of independent peer-reviewed workshops on a broad range of challenges in the fields of multilingual and multimodal information access evaluation, and a set of benchmarking activities carried in various labs designed to test different aspects of mono and cross-language Information retrieval systems. More details can be found on the CLEF 2023 website.

Submitting a working note with the full description of the methods used in each run is mandatory. Any run that could not be reproduced thanks to its description in the working notes might be removed from the official publication of the results. Working notes are published within CEUR-WS proceedings, resulting in an assignment of an individual DOI (URN) and an indexing by many bibliography systems including DBLP. According to the CEUR-WS policies, a light review of the working notes will be conducted by LifeCLEF organizing committee to ensure quality. As an illustration, LifeCLEF 2022 working notes (task overviews and participant working notes) can be found within CLEF 2022 CEUR-WS proceedings. These proceedings are indexed by most bibliography repositories such as DBLP, Scopus, Google scholar, ResearchGate, etc.

LifeCLEF presentation at ECIR 2023

A brief overview of the whole LifeCLEF lab will be presented at ECIR 2023 conference (April 2 – April 6, 2023).

Organizing Team


  • Alexis Joly, INRIA / University of Montpellier, LIRMM, ZENITH team, France,, France, alexis.joly(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sierre, Switzerland, henning.mueller(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Hervé Goëau, Cirad - AMAP, Montpellier, France.


  • Stefan Kahl, Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA, sk2487(replace-by-an-arrobe)>
  • Willem-Pier Vellinga, Xeno-Canto foundation for nature sounds, The Netherlands, wp(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Holger Klinck, Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA, holger.klinck(replace-by-an-arrobe)>
  • Tom Denton, Google LLC, San Francisco, USA, tmd(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Hervé Glotin, University of Toulon, France, glotin(replace-by-an-arrobe)



  • Christophe Botella, University of Montpellier, Inria, LIRMM, AMAP, France, christophe.botella(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Titouan Lorieul, University of Montpellier, Inria, LIRMM, titouan.lorieul(replace-by-an-arrobe)
  • Maximilien Servajean, LIRMM – UMPV, Montpellier, France, Maximilien.Servajean(replace-by-an-arrobe)



Infrastructure support

  • Ivan Eggel, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Sierre, Switzerland, ivan.eggel(replace-by-an-arrobe)


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