CETAF Events

  • ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE Conference: Rethinking the Biodiversity Strategy beyond 2020

    17th Jun, 2019 to 19th Jun, 2019
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    What should the post 2020 European biodiversity strategy look like? How will research contribute to this strategy and help to define its goals? The 2019 biennial ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE conference ntitled The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020: Research insights and needs for biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe, will explore these very questions. With the central theme of the post 2020 European biodiversity targets and the potential contributions of scientific research, we will take a proactive role in the consideration and shaping of this critical strategy.

    Researchers, scientists, decision-makers, practitioners (from all disciplines and fields), and anyone invested in the future of biodiversity in Europe are invited to register to attend this conference.

    To register and for all further information including the agenda, please visit the event page.



    Augustinian Monastery
    Academiestraat 1
  • Building Open Science in Europe: The road ahead for EU Member States and the EOSC Community

    20th Jun, 2019
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    eInfraCentral invites researchers from public and private sectors, e-infrastructure service providers, research infrastructures and policy-makers to the EOSC community event on 20 June in Tallinn and Estonia. On 20 June 2019 the organisers invite you to take a forward-looking view and discuss the road ahead for the EOSC community in Europe and in the EU Member States. The programme was this event was developed by eInfraCentral in consultation with other EOSC-related projects such as EOSC-hub and EOSCsecretariat.eu.

    This event is free of charge and is conveniently located close to TNC19.

    You can register via the event page (link below) andaccess the agenda of the day here. The director of the CETAF member University of tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden Umas Kõljalg will give the key note.


    Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel
    Sadama 11a
  • Summer School in Conservation Biology Biodiversity Theory and Practice

    24th Jun, 2019 to 05th Jul, 2019
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    The aim of this summer school is to equip participants with an understanding of the principles of modern biodiversity theory and its role in Conservation Biology. They will learn practical skills for biodiversity fieldwork including sampling design and monitoring. Students will learn how to analyze ecological data with R, using some of the main packages for biodiversity data analysis and have the opportunity to try these out on their own datasets.

    The course will involve lectures, fieldwork, computer labs and an individual project in roughly equal proportions. There will also be regular evening lectures and activities of a more general interest. The main course topics are as follows:

    • Field techniques in biodiversity assessment
    • Biodiversity theory
    • Sampling design & monitoring
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem function
    • Statistical analysis of biodiversity data
    • Biodiversity software packages (primarily R-based packages)
    • Globalizing biodiversity networks and databases
    • Frameworks for biodiversity management and protection

    As familiarity with R is essential, we offer a special two day refresher course prior to the start of the school for those wishing to ‘brush up’ on R.

    To get more information, please visit the website of the summer school (link below). There, you can also access the programme as well as the all the information you need to send in your application.

    Participants should have a degree in Biology or environmental science or equivalent and should have at least started a postgraduate degree. Applicants with good quantitative and computational skills are especially welcome. The course will be worth 6 ECTs (transferable course credits).



  • IPBES youth workshop

    27th Jun, 2019 to 28th Jun, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar

    Logo ipbes


    IPBES youth workshop

    IPBES (The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) works to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity,
    long-term human well-being and sustainable development. To do this, IPBES draws on the vast capacities of the individuals, organizations and institutions already working on biodiversity and ecosystem services across the world.

    This workshop contributes to the overarching objective of IPBES by expanding involvement in IPBES' efforts and increasing use of IPBES products.
    It supports the implementation of the IPBES capacity-building rolling plan through promoting the fellowship programme and further expanding and supporting the development of communities of practice.


    The meeting objectives are as follows:

    - Familiarize participants with the work of IPBES and explore how participants and their networks can contribute; and

    - Explore future scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services from the perspective of early-career professionals and thus contributing to IPBES' work on scenarios and models.

    Date and place

    The workshop will take place 27-28 June 2019 in São Pedro, Brazil.


    The workshop will be organized under the auspices of the IPBES capacity-building task force in collaboration with the IPBES expert group on scenarios and models, the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Brazilian Platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BPBES), the São Paulo Research Foundation's Research programme on Biodiversity, Characterisation, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use (BIOTA-FAPESP), the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).
    The workshop is funded by the Norwegian Environment Agency.


    The workshop will be attended by 30 early-career representatives from Governments, organisations and networks working on issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Participants will comprise scientists, decision- and policymakers and practitioners, including representatives of different knowledge systems. It is envisioned that approximately 1/3 of the participants will come from Brazil, 1/3 will come from other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1/3 will come from the rest of the world. To reach relevant organizations and networks, a call for participants will be issued by the IPBES secretariat and particularly well-placed organizations will be encouraged to apply.
    The criteria for selection of participants will be specified in the call, and the final selection of participants will be done by the IPBES task force on capacity-building.


    São Pedro
  • SAVE THE DATE - Tackling Biodiversity Challenges through Innovative e-Learning: The Case of BIOTALENT

    30th Jul, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar

    The BIOTALENT EU Conference will be take place at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels on 30 July 2019.

    During this a one-day event, we will present you the outcomes of the Erasmus+ BIOTALENT educational project. 

    This one-day conference will present the results of the Erasmus+ BIOTALENT educational project and show how it can contribute to a better understanding of nature and biodiversity.

     You will have the possibility to share with passionate experts in innovative education and learn from them what can be done to improve our knowledge for the benefit of protecting biodiversity.

    Please spread the word on this event by sharing it among your colleagues and educators at your institution and elsewhere.

    Additional information concerning the program and speakers will follow.

    Hope to see you there!

    Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)
    Rue Vautier 29
  • 3rd Wild Plant Pathosystems Conference

    16th Sep, 2019
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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
  • 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