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.


  • OSFair2019 - Synergies for Sustainable, Open & Responsible Research

    16th Sep, 2019 to 18th Sep, 2019
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    Register by 
    Monday, 9 September, 2019


    Open Science is a new research paradigm facing many challenges, mainly the ingrained research habits accompanied by non-incentive institutional and funder reward systems, the lack of embedded tools and services, the connection to non-academic communities.

    OSFair2019 is organized as an emblematic initiative of OpenAIRE, co-organized by 3 other EU projects in the area of Open Science: FIT4RRI, EOSC Secretariat and FAIRsFAIR. It is locally curated by the University of Minho.

    Open Science Fair will critically showcase the elements required for the transition to Open Science: e-infrastructures and services, policies as guidance for good practices, training and skills, publishing and dissmeniation, research flows and new types of activities (mine, review, assess, etc.), the roles of the respective actors and their networks.

    The conference will include keynotes by distinguished speakers, roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops and training sessions, as well as a poster and a demo session. It will bring together different stakeholder perspectives and will suggest roadmaps towards implementation on targeted aspects of Open Science, scholarly communication in national settings and FAIR implementation.

    The structure of the conference can already be viewed here. Registration is possible through this link.




    Congress Centre Alfândega Porto
    R. Nova da Alfândega, 4050-430
  • 3rd Wild Plant Pathosystems Conference

    16th Sep, 2019
    Event type 
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    Sunday, 30 June, 2019


    The 3rd Wild Plant Pathosystems Conference will take place on 16 September 2019 close to Frankfurt, Germany, and will offer a great forum to exchange ideas on all aspects of wild plant pathosystems.

    Covered disciplines include

    • Ecological and evolutionary genetics and genomics

    • Evolution of agricultural pathosystems 

    • Molecular plant-pathogen interactions 

    • Ecology of antagonistic symbioses 

    • Invasion biology 

    • Population biology, phylogenetics and speciation

    To see the confrimed speakers and to register for the event, please click here.



    Am Eichwaldsfeld 3
  • 11th Biennial European Bird Curator Meeting

    24th Sep, 2019 to 26th Sep, 2019
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    The 11th Biennial European Bird Curator Meeting will take place from 24 - 26 September at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    While the programme is still being developed, you can already register here. The Early-Bird registration will end on July 31st.

    To submit an abstract for either a talk or a poster please send an email to belmakera@tauex.tau.ac.il

    We will update this page once more information becomes available.



    The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
    Klausner St 12
    Tel Aviv
  • European Research and Innovation Days

    24th Sep, 2019 to 26th Sep, 2019
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    A three day event completely dedicated to research and innovation will take place in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019. The event contains a Policy Conference, an Innovation Europe Hub and the exhibition "Science is wonderful".

    The Policy Conference brings together high-level policy-makers, leaders from industry, finance, and of course science to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape. It covers vital areas of science, engineering, medicine, and wider social and environmental concerns. Part of this conference are so called co-design sessions in which participants will debate the impact and strategic priorities for the first four years of Horizon Europe, together with European Commission and Member States representatives. Co-design sessions are structured to allow an in-depth dialogue and to work across sectors and disciplines. Attendees will be able to interact or vote during co-design sessions. The final aim is to draft an initial strategic plan for Horizon Europe. The basis for the debate will be a document, available online soon.

    The Innovative Europe Hub is a meeting space for innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and the whole range of services, businesses, civil society organisations, agencies and intermediaries that make European science technology so dynamic. It is an important opportunity to debate and shape the targeted impact and strategic priorities of Horizon Europe, the European Commission’s proposal for the next EU research and innovation programme.

    The exhibition "Science is wonderful" is a free and aims to bring the world of science to the public. Be it fighting cancer, slowing down global warming, preventing hunger or even facilitating human life in space. That is all part of the variety of activities visitors can discover at the exhibition, showing how science impacts our life. It opens its doors on the 25th and 26th of September at the sampe place, the Kanal Centre Pompidou and offers live demonstrations and face-to-face chats with researchers.

    You can find more information about all elements of the huge event on the event website. To register directly, please click here. The draft programme for the policy conference can be accessed here.



    Kanal Centre Pompidou
    Quai des Peniches
  • Biodiversity_next - better Data, better Science, better Policies. Open Digital Science Week on Biological and Geological Diversity

    21st Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019
    Event type 
    General Assembly





    It is a conference that brings together, for the first time at this scale, major international organisations, research scientists, and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research.

    biodiversity_next aims at:

    • Promoting innovation in biodiversity & geodiversity information science and applications;
    • Sharing and enhancing community data standards and information management practices;
    • Improving domain reach to new audiences (incl. scientific, policy and industry);
    • Inspiring new generations to more enthusiastically embark on data-intensive science around bio- and geo-diversity;
    • Building community consensus on pivotal technical and sociocultural aspects of the community practices.

    Please visit the event website to sign up for the newsletter to stay updated or - if you want to get involved - apply to become a member of the Programme Committee. This committee will be responsible for the overall conference programming, including: (i) overall selection of topics, (ii) plenary and breakout (parallel) sessions planning, (iii) selection of keynote speakers, and (iv) abstracts submission and review processes.

    Registration for the conference will open in the last couple of months in 2018 with the first draft programme to follow shortly after in early 2019. 


    Who Should Attend the Conference?

    Early career and established scientists working in data-intensive disciplines of biological and geological diversity science, e-infrastructures operators, data managers and science policy makers. CETAF and TDWG members are particularly encouraged to attend, as this acts also as their annual meeting.

    What Disciplines Are Covered?

    All data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity disciplines, including (but not limited to): e-taxonomy, biodiversity and ecological informatics, biodiversity and geodiversity data standards, natural science collections information, citizen science etc

    What Will the General Format of the Conference Be?

    biodiversity_next will follow a plenary & breakout model. Plenary sessions will be action packed with TED-style talks, elevator pitches competitions and lively debates. Breakouts will focus on specific topics and will run in parallel throughout the day. Workshops and training courses will also run before and after the meeting. GBIF, CETAF and DiSSCo will also co-locate their main governance and administrative meetings.


    A list and short description of all accepted events with CETAF involvement can be downloaded here.



    Naturalis Biodiversity Center
    Pesthuislaan 7
    2333 BA
  • How human activities cause biodiversity loss : Interactions and relative contributions of human activities; What do we know, what do we need to know ?

    24th Oct, 2019
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    Relevance: This conference stems from the observation that the interactions between, and the relative contributions, of different types of human activities have unclear contributions on current and future biodiversity loss unclear for most researchers. This is largely due to the fact that very few publications compare the effects of these different activities in the same model, and since all these activities have been growing exponentially since 1850, they all correlate well with the quantifications of biodiversity loss.

    This conference aims to make people from areas of research involved in biodiversity degradation and conservation, including biologists and geographers (IPBES), and climatologists (IPCC), share data and a vision in the context of the IPBES and IPCC coming reports about common sections focusing on biodiversity. We aim that this conference allows a thorough discussion of the causes of biodiversity loss. We expect it to be also an occasion to spread the excellent work of IPBES and IPCC editors and chairs to the political community in Belgium, which hosts the European parliament and commission. Key players will be invited to join the conference (UCLouvain is located 30 min from Brussels).

    The conference can conveniently take place at the Earth and Life Institute (450 researchers) at UCLouvain, which hosts internationally recognized expertise in biodiversity, climate change, land use, forestry, and agricultural practices notably, including Profs. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Eric Lambin, Patrick Meyfroidt, Hans Van Dyck, and our university also hosts other key actors of UN goals such as Prof. Olivier De Schutter. This conference will also be an excellent training for ELI PhD students

    Organisation : 24th October , one day, 4 sections (no parallel sessions) and two round tables for discussion and synthesis.Proposed by : Caroline Nieberding, Michel Crucifix, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Philippe Marbaix and Patrick Meyfroidt.

    Addressed to: Researchers in Environmental sciences at UCLouvain and in Belgium (Msc to PI), Belgian and European politicians (DG Environnement) and Belgian NGOs. General audience will be welcome.

    The lectures will be in English

    Place : Auditoire Socrate (SOCR11), Place Cardinal Mercier, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


    All furthe riformation icnluding the registration form and the agenda can be found on the event website.


    Auditoire Socrate (SOCR11)
    Place Cardinal Mercier