About DEST

Our Mission

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) offers education and training opportunities to students and professionals from any nationality studying, working or interested in the field of taxonomy, biodiversity, geodiversity and conservation.

DEST programmes

There are 3 types of training programmes within DEST that each focus on a different aspect of biodiversity research.

Read more about these programmes here.

1. Modern taxonomy programme

2. Expert-in-training programme

3. Collection management programme



DEST was established within the framework of the EU-funded project “European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT)” (2006-2011). It currently sits under the umbrella of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF). The DEST consortium is open to new members to share their experience and to devote their expertise to improve the knowledge base and to foster the direct involvement of the CETAF scientific community in providing the highest-level quality of training and to reach out the broadest audience possible.

The current DEST consortium is composed of the following institutions:

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