CETAF Events

CETAF, its Members and the worldwide taxonomic community are active players who organise many events of international relevance, in very wide variety of platforms and formats, including from conferences and lectures, seminars, workshops and training courses.

In addition, and complementing the range of events geared towards specialist scientists and policy makers, natural science, exhibitions of natural history and botany are keystone events that help disseminate science and knowledge of nature among the general public. In fact, exhibitions underline the necessity for the global society to commit and engage with science .

The Events presented here are classified into three different categories:

1. Exhibitions, which focus on current relevant issues, that are of interest and aim to motivate the general audience to get increasingly involved with the scientific process, and act upon its discoveries.

2. Trainings, that comprise all actions under which capacity and expertise are built, including seminars and workshops, among others.

3. Conferences, a generic identifier for all types of public sessions and meetings, on a certain subject, either accessible to an open audience, or restricted to a certain number of registered participants.

A fourth category of events, the General Assembly of CETAF, takes place twice per year and is exclusively restricted to CETAF Members and their staff.

The events below highlight the importance of our scientific work and its connection and synergies with other related fields. Please find below the event of your interest, in chronological order, within the field of taxonomy, systematic biology, and related disciplines.


  • 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

    26th Jun, 2017 to 30th Jun, 2017
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    With the aim of stimulating discussion and innovative reflections on the role and relevance of botanic gardens in society, Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of the City of Geneva would like to cordially invite you to the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress from 26 to 30 June 2017.

    The scientific programme will focus on botanic gardens’ role in solving the major environmental challenges for society – food security, water scarcity, energy, health, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Major topics will include plant conservation, education and outreach, botanic garden management challenges and communicating the big issues via landscaping, with workshops and discussion sessions organised during the course of the meeting to address specific issues. We hope that the botanic garden community, its associated horticultural experts, scientists, educators, communicators,  directors and managers will have the chance to collectively and collaboratively explore and develop different visions of botanic gardens and their core activities for the future.

    Information regarding registration can be found here, information regarding the excursions woven into the congresses programme are available here.




    International Conference Centre Geneva
    17 Rue de Varembé
  • Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

    27th Jun, 2017 to 29th Jun, 2017
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    Monday, 29 May, 2017

    This joint European conference organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) explores the significant challenges climate change poses to biodiversity and health in Europe. 

    The conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues.

    The conference is divided into three main areas (day 1: science, day 2: practice and implementation, day 3: policy and economy) and will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change.

    Please visit the events' website to find out more about the speakers and the programme

    Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR)
    Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2
  • CEBioS Info session on the Nagoya protocol and its application in the context of development cooperation

    29th Jun, 2017
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    For researchers of fauna and flora worldwide, the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the associated system of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) has major consequences for their way of working. 

    Belgian researchers, some of whom work in the context of development cooperation, have to apply it for their own work or for the work of visiting scientists from partner countries. Partner countries of development cooperation do not always have an indepth understanding of the treaties they have signed and most still need to develop any legislation for their implementation. Capacity building in this regard therefore seems necessary. CEBioS, together with the National Focal Point for the CBD and other partners, takes up the glove and focuses on the D.R. Congo where the implementation of the Protocol still has to be developed and where many Belgian researchers are active. Time to review the principles and consequences of this important Protocol.

    Please direct your registration requests to Annemarie Van der Avort 

    The prgramm is available here.




    DGD Meeting room DR08
    Karmelietenstraat 15
  • XIX International Botanical Congress

    23rd Jul, 2017 to 29th Jul, 2017
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    Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

    The International Botanical Congress (IBC) is a major convention that brings together scientists from around the world to discuss new research in the plant sciences. The IBC is held once every six years. The Congresses are particularly notable in that they not only bring together scientists from many countries, but also from many disciplines within the broader research fields related to the plant sciences, including botany, mycology, ecology, horticulture, agriculture, and other related fields. The increasing knowledge about plants—their history, growth, uses, interactions with other organisms, and roles in the ecosystem—is becoming progressively important for the stability and sustainability of the human endeavor and, indeed, of all life on Earth.

    More information can be found here.


    Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
    Fuhua 3rd Rd, FuTian CBD, Futian Qu
    Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng
  • Third meeting of BioSyst.EU

    15th Aug, 2017 to 17th Aug, 2017
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    BioSyst.EU's  third meeting 

    August 15–18, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    BioSyst EU, the Federation of European Biological Systematic Societies, is an organisation that share aims with CETAF.  

    A collaboration and a partnership with European scientists dealing with topics of systematic biology where individual scientists are to be represented via their national or regional societies.

    Have a look at Biosyst EU goals at www.biosyst.eu/

  • 3rd Conference of Eastern and Central European Botanic Gardens

    09th Oct, 2017 to 11th Oct, 2017
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    Tuesday, 15 August, 2017


    Focusing on the relations of botanic gardens and society, especially in terms of serving public goods, main topics of the EastCentGard III Conference will cover the function of botanic gardens as knowledge centres, the triad of strategy- management-operation as well as social aspects of gardens’ classic roles including conservation and education.

    The 3rd Conference of Eastern and Central European Botanic Gardens is to be held in Budapest, Hungary from 9 to 11 October 2017 at the Buda Campus and Arboretum of Szent István University on the occasion that the organizer Hungarian Association of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens (HAABG) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

    Visit the conference website for more information.


    Buda Campus and Arboretum of Szent István University
    Villányi út 29-43
  • 7th International Barcode of Life Conference

    20th Nov, 2017 to 24th Nov, 2017
    7th International Barcode of Life Conference
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    Wednesday, 15 November, 2017

    The African Centre for DNA Barcoding, and the University of Johannesburg will be hosting the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference from 20 - 24 November 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent and the venue chosen is the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife, the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

    The intention is to make this a global conference with a distinctive African flavour, using the event to highlight, support, and encourage African researchers across the continent, and to link them up with the global barcoding network. The conference format will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions comprising both invited talks and contributed talks, and poster presentations. The optional first day (November 20) will be devoted to training workshops. Several student travel bursaries (developing nations) will be made available; see the conference website for more details.

    The 7th International Barcode of Life Conference will offer delegates and guests alike an unforgettable networking experience, with a backdrop not found anywhere else on the planet. The prospect of hosting world-leading delegates and experts in the field under African skies is a truly thrilling one.

    Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
    Kruger National Park
    South Africa