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.


  • Open Science Conference

    19th Mar, 2019 to 20th Mar, 2019
    Event type 


    The Open Science Conference 2019 is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science.

    The Open Science movement made substantial progress and receives increasing recognition in the research system. The achievements of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the FAIR data movement are only two popular examples for this development. However, establishing open science practices as natural component of daily scientific working routines is still a great challenge. Furthermore, the open movement is facing negative trends such as ‘predatory science’ that recently gained broader public attention.

    You will be able to follow the conference on Twitter via the Hashtag #osc2019.

    The organisation is still in the early stages, so no detailed program has been announced yet. Once it has been set, it will be published on the event website.




  • Preserving Biodiversity in the EU: Halting the Loss and Protecting Wildlife

    20th Mar, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar


    The loss of biological diversity is one of the main environmental challenges facing the planet. The WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 shows a 60% decline in size for mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians’ populations in only 40 years. 

    In response to the issue, and in compliance with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Union developed a Biodiversity Strategy in 2011 to stop the loss. The strategy contains six targets and twenty actions focusing on halting the loss of biodiversity; protecting species and habitats; restoring ecosystems and ensuring that farming and fishing are more sustainable by 2020. Moreover, under the Birds and Habitats Directives, the Natura 2000 network is ensuring the survival of endangered species and their habitats by protecting land and marine areas. The network now covers 18% of the EU land. In 2016, the European Parliament reviewed the Biodiversity Strategy. 

    A review by the European Parliament in 2016 stated, that it is unlikely that the strategy targets will be fully reached by the deadline. Greater efforts and innovative solutions to limit human activity are necessary in order to tackle the loss of biodiversity. 

    As the 2020 deadline approaches, this symposium offers an opportunity to identify priorities for meeting the biodiversity targets and to discuss future steps. It also enables delegates to share best practices for protecting habitats and halting the ongoing loss of biodiversity both in cities and rural areas.

    In four main sessions, the delegates will discuss how to prevent biological diversity loss by taking stock of EU initiatives and preparing for Post-2020, linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services, integrate biodiversity into urban development, and take human activity into consideration. 


    Please visit the event website for the full agenda and a link to register your place.


    Thon Hotel
    Avenue du Boulevard 17
  • 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