CETAF/DiSSCo Covid-19 Task Force gets published for the first time!

Monday, 18 January, 2021


Last year, with the new challenges brought by the pandemic, CETAF and DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections) decided to unite their networks & expertises worldwide and created the CETAF/DiSSCo COVID-19 Task Force.
What did we bring on the discussion table?
A multiple and rich knowledge on Natural Science Collections and a strong will to take action together!
During one year, together with an incredible team of volunteers, we have activated a huge work to understand how to work together to secure continued research and further prevent future pandemics.
Today, we are very happy to inform you that after months of hard work, the first joint article has been published in #mBio journal / The American Society for Microbiology.
Congratulations to the authors of this fruitful outcome!
Authors: Cody W. Thompson, Kendra L. Phelps, Marc W. Allard, Joseph A. Cook, Jonathan L. Dunnum, Adam W. Ferguson, Magnus Gelang, Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan, Deborah L. Paul, DeeAnn M. Reeder, Nancy B. Simmons, Maarten P. M. Vanhove, Paul W. Webala, Marcelo Weksler, C. William Kilpatrick
Read also the article written by Erin Blakemore in The Washington Post of Friday 16 February 2021 on the important role Natural History museums play in finding the sources of wildlife pathogens (with mention of the Covid19 Task Force study).
Curious to know more about the volunteers and their experience at the Covid19 Task Force? Meet them in the short interviews below!

Covid-19 TaF experience #1: Building bridges for a sustainable research

Covid-19 TaF experience #2: Promoting museums in the solutions to public health crises

Covid-19 TaF experience #3: A silver lining for new multidisciplinary relationships

Covid-19 TaF experience #4: Global problems require global solutions

Covid-19 TaF experience #5: Meet the CETAF DiSSCo knowledge hub!

Covid-19 TaF experience #6: We want to figure out how to prevent this from happening again

Covid-19 TaF Public event on July 17

Partner organizations: Pensoft Publishers, iDigBio, Elixir Europe, GBIF: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), the American Society of Mammalogists, Plazi, The Society for The Preservation of Natural History Collections, Global Biotic Interactions (GloBI)