Why do natural history collections matter? - CETAF 20th Anniversary

Friday, 23 September, 2016

Banner CETAF 20th Anniversary

It is with great pleasure that we hereby announce the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of CETAF, the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities. On the 20th October 2016, CETAF invites researchers, scientific communicators, policy makers and citizens interested in biodiversity to join us at Madrid's famous Royal Botanic Garden where high profile speakers from industry, science and culture will converge to showcase the societal relevance of natural history collections.

H.S.H. Albert II, Prince of Monaco, will open this morning event that seeks to celebrate 250 years of exploring and documenting diversity in nature. With the help of Linnaeus himself, the father of modern taxonomy, we will discover industries at the front line of innovative uses of collections and taxonomy in fields such as biotechnology, bioinformatics and research.

There will be ample opportunity to explore future technological breakthroughs and recent discoveries with presentations by Sophie Tuffet, CEO of Imagene in Paris; Carsten Rahbek, Professor at Copenhagen's Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate; and Javier de la Torre, Founder and CEO of CartoD, in New York. The two-starred Michelin chef Mario Sandoval will be providing refreshment using a pallet of food and drinks inspired by the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion highlighting the increasing opportunities for business and innovators to work with the natural history collections across Europe. We look forward to welcoming you at this special event to mark our CETAF 20th anniversary.

For further information and the program, please visit the event page or see the press release.

To register, please follow this link.