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.

 

  • Biodiversity_next - better Data, better Science, better Policies. Open Digital Science Week on Biological and Geological Diversity

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

     

     

     

    WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY_NEXT?

    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
    Address 
    Pesthuislaan 7
    2333 BA
    Leiden
    Netherlands
  • RDA's 14th Plenary

    23rd Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019
    Organiser 
    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    General Assembly

     

    RDA 14th Plenary in Finland brings together data experts in research, industry and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines under the theme Data Makes the Difference.  

    With this theme, the meeting addresses the extensive potential of research data in

    • improving decision making,
    • tackling grand societal challenges, and
    • engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society.

    Data has enormous and diverse potential to change how we work, make decisions and empower citizens. The 14th RDA plenary will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together diverse group of experts from all around the globe. During the plenary we will share and learn together and advance our abilities to use data in making a positive impact in the world to tackle its complex challenges.

    The Plenary is co-hosted by Research Data Alliance Finland, CSC - IT Centre for Science, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, and Finnish Meteorological Institute.

    You can register here. More information including the conference programme is available on the event page.

     

     

    Dipoli at Aalto University
    Address 
    Otakaari 24
    01250
    Espoo
    Finland
  • 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
    Organiser 
    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    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)
    Address 
    Place Cardinal Mercier
    1348
    Louvain-La-Neuve
    Belgium
  • Belgian One Health Network - Launching Event

    05th Nov, 2019
    Organiser 
    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    The launching event of the One Health Belgium Community takes place on 5 November 2019 in Tervuren, Belgium. During this event, we will establish a network definition of the One Health concept, gain insights into interdisciplinary and cross–sectoral One Health integration, and present organisations working in a One Health perspective in Belgium.

    Programme
    • Presentation of the network
    • Welcome by Myriam Sneyers, director general of Sciensano
    • Word from Tom Auwers, Secretary-general at Federal Ministry of Health, Food Safety & Environment
    • Our vision on One Health: “networking definition”
    • “Evaluating One-Health-ness: insights into interdisciplinary and cross–sectoral integration” Simon Ruegg, UZurich, CH
    • Presentation of organizations working in a One Health perspective in Belgium
    • Break out session: What do you expect and what can you do for the network ?
    • Wrapping up results of the parallel sessions
    • Conclusions

     

    Registration for the event is mandatory.

    Sciensano
    Address 
    Rue Juliette Wytsman 14
    1050
    Brussels
    Belgium
  • ESFRI Workshop on the Future of Research Infrastructures in the European Research Area

    06th Nov, 2019 to 08th Nov, 2019
    Organiser 
    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar

     

    With the next Roadmap of European Research Infrastructures, foreseen for publication in 2021, ESFRI will end the second cycle of its Roadmaps, comprising the editions of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018. The last two editions have demonstrated clearly how the landscape of research infrastructures in Europe has evolved and matured.

    As demonstrated through the work on long-term sustainability of research infrastructures over the last three years, the facilities that have now become operational face very different challenges to the ones early in their lifecycle.

    Recognising the nature of these challenges and responding to the invitation of the Competitiveness Council to strengthen its strategic role, ESFRI started a comprehensive reflection process on the role of research infrastructures and ESFRI itself in the evolving European Research Area.

    The objective of this workshop is to discuss with the research infrastructures, thematic clusters and other stakeholders a number of key topics that emerged through this process in a view of preparing a formal ESFRI document in December 2019.

    The event will take place in Los Cancajos, La Palma, Canary Islands. The provisional agenda as well as the registration form can be found on the event page.

    Hotel H10 Taburiente Playa
    Address 
    Travesía de los Cancajos, 36
    38712
    Los Cancajos
    Belgium
  • Dead or Alive: Towards a Sustainable Wildlife Trade

    03rd Dec, 2019 to 04th Dec, 2019
    Organiser 
    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    Meeting
    Register by 
    Monday, 25 November, 2019

     

     

    The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are co-organising a two-day
    One World One Health Conference on 3-4 December 2019 on the impacts of wildlife trade at global and local level

    Given the broad scale of the issue, the conference will focus on two specific trades occuring in Belgium:
    DAY 1: the bushmeat trade (3 Dec. 2019)
    DAY 2: the trade in exotic reptiles and in amphibians (4 Dec. 2019)

    Objectives

    The objectives of the conference are:

    • to provide scientific information on the impacts of the bushmeat trade and the trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians
    • to discuss recommendations for further actions at Belgian and European level in a view of reaching a more sustainable trade of wildlife

    Participants

    One World One Health recognises the interconnection between humans, non-human animals and ecosystems. Given the need for a multidisciplinary, coherent and coordinated approach of various fields of expertise, we invite the following stakeholders to participate in this conference:

    • researchers
    • international and European institutions
    • policy-makers
    • law-makers
    • control borders officials
    • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
    • hobbyists
    • federation of veterinarians
    • businesses

    PROGRAMME

    • DAY 1: bushmeat trade
    • DAY 2: trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians

    Access the provisional programme in more details

    The conference will be in English. A translation into French and Dutch will be provided but during the morning session only. 

    REGISTRATION

    The conference is free of charge but requires registration by 25 November 2019. 
    A buffet lunch will be proposed.

     

     

    Residence Palace
    Address 
    Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat, 155
    1048
    Brussels
    Belgium
  • Empowering Biodiversity Research

    14th May, 2020 to 15th May, 2020
    Logo Belgian Biodiversity Platform
    Organiser 
    CETAF
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    EMPOWERING BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH CONFERENCE II

    Five years after the "Empowering Biodiversity Research" conference that we organised in May 2015, we would like to invite you for a new journey into the world of biodiversity data standards and tools. Projects that started five years ago are about to deliver what was promised and many new biodiversity informatics related projects were launched since then. Concepts such as Open Data, Open Access and Open Science are now increasingly known across disciplines and are changing the way science is being conducted. The time to find out what happened since our last conference has come! Let's also look together at what will happen next in the world of Biodiversity Informatics! Be ready for this fascinating conference which will take place at the AfricaMuseum on 14 and 15 May 2020.

     

    OBJECTIVES

    -Explore and discuss the opportunities and strengths related to Biodiversity Informatics and Open Data
    -Learn about Belgian research projects using biodiversity informatics tools to enhance their results

     

    PROGRAMME

    The programme will soon be available on this website. 
    Note that a series of workshops will be organised before and after the conference. 

     

    REGISTRATION

    The registration will soon be open. 

     

    ORGANISERS

    This conference is co-organised by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, the AfricaMuseum, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Meise Botanic Garden (Meise), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Université of Liège (ULiège), the VIB and the Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo). 

                   
           
                           

     

    partnERS

    Our partners are CETAFDiSSCoELIXIR, GBIF, and Lifewatch

     

     

     

     

    VENUE

    The Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference 2 will take place at the Africa Museum - Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium. 
    Please refer to the Venue page for more information on access options. 

     

    Royal Museum for Central Africa
    Address 
    Leuvensesteenweg 13
    3080
    Tervuren
    Belgium
  • SPNHC & ICOM NATHIST 2020

    07th Jun, 2020 to 13th Jun, 2020
    Organiser 
    Community
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    SPNHC and ICOM

    RBGE and NMS are jointly hosting a conference from the 7th – 13th June 2020 of two major Natural History Collection organisations, SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST. Information relating to these organisations is provided below.
     
    The conference will be held over several days and is expected to attract approximately 700 participants in total. The main venue will be the McEwan Hall in the centre of Edinburgh, with Evening events held within NMS and RBGE.
     
    Conference planning committee:
        NMS: Sankurie Pye (Chair), Nick Fraser, Chanté St Clair Inglis
        RBGE: Suzanne Cubey, Elspeth Haston, Rob Cubey
     
    The additional organising committees comprises members of staff, students an volunteers from both RBGE and NMS.

    The legacy for RBGE and NMS following the conference would include:
    • Stronger collaboration between NMS and RBGE.
    • NMS/RBGE recognition as ‘Centres of Excellence’ for collections & research.
    • Academic publications (including a special edition of a journal).
    • Increased use of the collections (from an international perspective).
    • Keeping up with advances in best practice in natural science collections.
    • Information gathered on how to make processes relating to collections more environmentally sustainable.
    • Building relationships with key partners and sponsors.

    Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

    RBGE and NMS are currently members of SPNHC.

    The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society. These include not just specimens, but also supporting documentation, such as audio-visual materials, labels, library materials, field data and similar archives.

    SPNHC was formed in 1985 and is recognized as a non-profit organization {501(c)(3)} in the United States. The Society’s objectives are:
      •  To provide and maintain an international association of persons who study and care for natural history collections
      •  To encourage research on the essential requirements for preserving, storing, studying and displaying natural history collections
      •  To publish a professional journal, Collection Forum, and encourage the dissemination of information about natural history collections
      •  To hold annual meetings and sponsor symposia and workshops to foster the exchange of ideas and information

    The Society hosts annual meetings and maintains an active roster of publications, including Collection Forum, a journal that accepts submissions on all aspects of natural history collections management and conservation, a bi-annual Newsletter, and books that examine various aspects of natural history collections care, development and management. SPNHC is led by a talented group of individuals who are elected by the membership. Much of the work is accomplished through committees, which form the backbone of the Society.
     
    There are currently over 600 members worldwide.

     International Council of Museums (ICOM)

     NMS is a member of ICOM.

     An organisation created in 1946 by and for museum professionals.
    • A unique network of more than 37,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community.
    • A diplomatic forum made up of experts from 141 countries and territories to respond to the challenges museums face worldwide.
    • A consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
    • 115 National Committees and 30 International Committees dedicated to various museum specialties.
    • A leading force in ethical matters.
    • One of the founding members of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS).
    • A Public Interest Organisation.
    • 3 official languages: English, French and Spanish.

    International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (NATHIST)

    NATHIST is concerned with the conservation of biological diversity in museums collections as well as in the natural environment, the scientific study of the world’s natural heritage and the education of the wider public through museum displays, conferences, field trips, etc. A newsletter ensures contacts between members of the committee which should be increasingly called upon considering the ever-increasing interest in nature and its protection
     
    Registration for the event will open on 28 October 2019
    National Museums Scotland / Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    Belgium