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.


  • Linking Open Science in Austria

    24th Apr, 2019 to 25th Apr, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar


    The workshop "Linking Open Science in Austria" is a joint workshop by OpenAIRE, e-infra austria, RDA Europe, RDA Austria, GO FAIR, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Vienna University Library.

    The workshop aims to connect researchers, open science facilitators, research facilitators, repository managers, policy makers, funders and librarians at this 2-day event in Vienna, Austria with a strong focus on FAIR.

    For registration please click here: Registration

    For all further information, including the agenda, please visit the event page.


    Skylounge University of Vienna
  • How Will Digital Sequence Information (DSI) Be Addressed Under the Convention on Bilogical Diversity

    09th May, 2019
    Event type 


    An Info Day on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019, in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective of this ‘Digital Sequence Information’ (DSI) Info Day is to provide information on the state of play on DSI mainly in the CBD context. It will allow to discuss the key issues that need to be addressed, based on first-hand experience from researchers and the industry on how DSI is used.

    As a result, key elements provided during the day that are useful for underpinning the Belgian negotiation position can be picked up. Also, it will encourage stakeholder organizations to provide input to the open CBD process on DSI.
    The DSI Info Day will start with exposés from speakers covering different aspects on/of DSI. Dr. Hendrik Segers, Belgian Focal Point CBD, will do the general introduction. Speakers from policy, research and innovation (such as VIB, RBINS, CETAF, EBI, VLIZ) will take the floor and give information from different perspectives and angles. In the afternoon two break-out sessions will focus on “conceptual clarity (incl. a useable legal and operational definition)” on the one hand, and “Benefit Sharing Models” on the other.

    RSVP (Registration) by Monday 29 April 2019.

    This event is organised thanks to the joint effort of ANB (Flanders Agency Nature & Forests), the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, EWI(Flanders Department Economy, Science and Innovation), RBINS(Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and VLIR(Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad).




    Herman Teirlinckgebouw – Auditorium
    Havenlaan 88
  • III RICH Symposium, European Research Infrastructures: from WP 2020 calls to Horizon Europe

    14th May, 2019
    Event type 

    III RICH Symposium: European Research Infrastructures: from WP 2020 calls to Horizon Europe



    Register here: http://www.rich2020.eu/node/69


    9:00 -9:30 Registration with coffee

    9:3010:00 Welcoming words and objectives of the symposium

    • European Commission (tbd)
    • NataliaMORAZZO, APRE, RICH coordinator

    10:00-11:00The Horizon 2020 WP2020 a bridge to Horizon Europe

    • Philippe FROISSARD, Deputy HoU, DG RTD.B4, European Commission.

    Questions and answers

    11:0012:00 Plenary Session #1: FromStarting Communitiesto pan-EU Research Infrastructures

    Chair: RICH


    • Aodhan FITZGERALD, Marine Institute, Coordinator of EUROFLEETS+project
    • Luca PEZZATTI, CNR, Coordinator of E-RIHSPPproject(tbc)
    • Karen KIRKBY, University of Manchester, Coordinator INSPIREproject(tbc)

    Questions, answers and debate session

    12:0013:15 Lunch

    13:1514:15 Plenary Session #2 How ongoing projects pave the way to Horizon Europe



    • Felix SEFKOW,DESY, Coordinatorof the AIDA-2020project(tbc)
    • Sanna SORVARI, FMI, Coordinator of ACTRIS PPPproject(tbc)
    • Cathrin STÖVER, GÉANT, EOSC Executive Board

    Questions, answers and debate session

    14:1514:45Coffee Break

    14:4516:00 Plenary Session #3 Strategic planning of the Research Infrastructures landscape towards Horizon Europe

    Chair: RICH


    • Jan HRUŠÁK, ESFRIChair
    • Manuel Collados, IAC, Coordinator of PRE-ESTproject(tbc)
    • Massimo Cocco, INGV, Coordinator of EPOS IPproject(tbc)
    • Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR, Coordinator of CORBELproject(tbc)

    Questions, answers and debate session

    16:0016:30 Closing and concluding remarks

    • Philippe FROISSARD, Deputy HoU, DG RTD.B4, European Commission

    16:30 17:30 Cocktail Reception

    MCE Hôtel de la Poste
    Avenue du Port, 86c
  • SPNHC 2019 - Making the Case for Natural History Collections

    25th May, 2019 to 31st May, 2019
    Event type 


    Since the Field Museum last hosted the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Annual Meeting in 1990, the value and relevance of natural history collections has become considerably clearer.  We recognize that SPNHC has become an influential voice on behalf of the specimens and objects that document the history of life on our planet. Our theme for 2019 will be Making the Case for Natural History Collections.  We hope to encourage a more outward facing concept that engages the public and explains what we do and why it has importance in local and global communities.

    We want to invite members, both new and established, to give talks or presentations that highlight what you do and why your collection matters. To register or submit an abstract, please klick on the provided links. Please note that if you are submitting an abstract, you also need to register to attend.

    An initial conference schedule can be viewed here.

    Please note the following information: 

    • Field Trips are scheduled for Saturday, May 25th and Sunday May 26th

    • Workshops will be held at the Field Museum on Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th

    • The Opening Session and General Sessions will take place at the Chicago Hilton.

    • The Annual Business Meeting, Educational Share Fair and Collection Tours will take place at the Field Museum.





    Field Museum
    1400 S Lake Shore Drive
    United States
  • XXI. European Congress of Lepidopterology

    03rd Jun, 2019 to 07th Jun, 2019
    Event type 


    The 21st European Congress of Lepidopterology will take place at the University of Molise in southern Italy.

    The conference webiste provides you with the early available information including a general structure of the congress, accomodations, and a detailed registration form.

    We will update this post when more information becomes available.



    University of Molise
    Via Francesco De Sanctis
  • Third Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

    10th Jun, 2019 to 12th Jun, 2019
    Event type 
    Register by 
    Friday, 17 May, 2019

    The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in collaboration with iDigBio of the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Natural Science Collections Alliance, and Ecological Society of America is pleased to announce the third annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference, to be held 10-12 June 2019 at Yale University, New Haven, CT

    The 2019 conference will focus on methods, protocols, and analytical tools for the use of digital data in biodiversity research and encompass the uses of such data across all disciplines within the biological and ecological sciences. Special emphasis is placed on the use of digitized specimen data and big data analytics. Please watch for further announcements via several listservs and on this announcement page (https://www.idigbio.org/content/save-date-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-specimen-based-research-biological-sciences). The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, research protocols, discoveries, and outcomes across all biodiversity research domains. For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Gil Nelson (gnelson@floridamuseum.ufl.edu) or Jill Goodwin (jvgoodwin@fsu.edu) at iDigBio.

    To register for the conference and/or SBI coursehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-digital-data-conference-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-for-specimen-based-tickets-547602523

    Futher information can be found here.

    Yale University
    New haven, CT
    United States
  • ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE Conference: Rethinking the Biodiversity Strategy beyond 2020

    17th Jun, 2019 to 19th Jun, 2019
    Event type 

    SAVE THE DATE: ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE are pleased to announce a three day conference to engage with the post 2020 biodsiversity strategy and explore the potential and contributions of scientific research for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Europe.

    We will update this post when more information becomes available


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    Augustinian Monastery
    Academiestraat 1
  • Summer School in Conservation Biology Biodiversity Theory and Practice

    24th Jun, 2019 to 05th Jul, 2019
    Event type 


    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).



  • 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.



    Naturalis Biodiversity Center
    Pesthuislaan 7
    2333 BA