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.


  • Second EOSC Stakeholders Forum

    21st Nov, 2018 to 22nd Nov, 2018
    Event type 


    The EOSCpilot project’s second and final EOSC Stakeholders Forum will be held on 21-22 November 2018 at the Austria Center Vienna.

    The event will have a crucial role in the implementation of the EOSC work plan. Building on the challenges faced and the outcomes of the fifteen Science Demonstrators within EOSCpilot, the Stakeholders Forum is a way of further building on the results around the EOSC Governance Model and Architecture and the Rules of Participation.

    Who should attend?
    This workshop is meant for all players in the EOSC ecosystem who want to be part of the formation of the EOSC Working Groups:

    Main takeaways
    The EOSCpilot Project has shown that technological progress alone is not enough to ensure Europe’s economy fully benefits from the existence of an open science cloud. The EOSC Stakeholders Forum is key to:

    • share the lessons learned and recommendations from the first early adopters (SDs) & further working titles for additional working groups in the EOSC
    • have practical examples of how the EOSC can facilitate access of researchers across all scientific disciplines to data
    • create a cross-border and multi-disciplinary open innovation environment for research
    • contribute to the shaping of the ‘Rules of participation’ for users and service providers of the EOSC

    The draft agenda can be found here. If you wish to participate, please registere here 



    Austria Center Vienna
    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
  • Open Science Conference 2018

    21st Nov, 2018
    Event type 


    Open Science goes beyond open access to publication, encompassing the sharing of open research data and citizen science on 21 November 2018. It also paves the way to the development of appropriate metrics, incentives and rewards. The Belgian Science Policy Office and the European Commission thus invite you to the Open Science Conference 2018, with back-to-back panels on the Belgian and the European situation. 

    Since Open Science solutions have to be developed in a coherent way both at national and European level, this conference uniquely combines a discussion of the Belgian Open Science policies with debates and presentations relating to a H2020 Policy Support Facility Mutual Learning Exercise on Open Science with a prominent European outlook. Special emphasis is put on researchers working in an Open Science environment, educating, incentivising and rewarding them.  

    You can find the agenda for the day-long conference here.






    Palace of the Academies
    Rue Ducale 1
  • ICT 2018 (Innovate, Connect, Transform)

    04th Dec, 2018 to 06th Dec, 2018
    Event type 


    ICT 2018, the key European ICT research and innovation event organised by the European Commission, will be back next year and hosted in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018.

    The 2018 Austrian Presidency will host the next ICT event at the Austria Centre Vienna in December next year. The ICT events organised since 1998 by the European Commission have become Europe's most visible internationalforums for ICT innovation and a unique gathering of the entire ICT research and innovation community.

    The 2018 edition of this major networking event will have the following main components:

    • conference on digital research and innovation policies,
    • an exhibition of EU-funded research and innovation projects in the field of ICT,
    • a series of networking activities,
    • an innovation and startups village to showcase European entrepreneurship.



    Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
  • Preservation of natural history wet collections: feedbacks and future prospects

    05th Dec, 2018 to 07th Dec, 2018
    Event type 


    A meeting on the “Preservation of natural history wet collections: feedbacks and future prospects” will take place in Paris from December 5 through 7, 2018.

    Organized by the French Center on Research for Preservation, under the CNRS, the French natural History Museum and the French Culture Ministry, the meeting will be held in the very heart of Paris, at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution (French natural History Museum, Jardin des Plantes).

    This meeting intend to gather the various French and Europeans players involved in the preservation of natural history wet collections. Through the sharing of experience, we hope to provide an inventory of preservation issues threatening these valuable collections and to discuss potential solutions that has been tested in different environments.

    We would be glad if you, or your colleagues, could attend the meeting as a listener or through an oral presentation. Registration is free of charge but mandatory, according to availability.  

    The meeting will be held in English and French, with interpreting services available. A brief presentation of the meeting and the call for papers are attached and also available on the website: https://pfc2018.sciencesconf.org/




    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
    36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
  • Benelux Congress of Zoology

    13th Dec, 2018 to 15th Dec, 2018
    Event type 


    On the 14th and the 15th of December, the ZOOLOGY meeting 2018 will take place back-to-back with the FWO Kennismakers meeting @ZOO (https://www.kennismakers.be/en-gb/home/) in Antwerp that will host a special theme on the Impact of Climate on Ecosystem services. The general theme of the ZOOLOGY meeting is “Zoology in the Anthropocene” with two special sessions:

    1. “Crossing borders: why and how biologists and climatologists must speak together”;
    2. “How animals face global change: plasticity, resilience, adaptation”.

    The congress will also welcome all contributions from the field of Zoology, from the molecule to the biosphere. Thematic sessions will be organized depending on received abstracts.

    In addition, a workshop on basic skills for young scientists (networking, paper writing, reviewing, presentation feedback) will be organized on the 13th of December by the RBZS Young Zoologists Group. All zoologists, at any stage of their career, are very welcome to participate actively during the whole meeting, but young scientists are particularly encouraged to contribute (especially to the Young Zoologist workshop).

    Click here to register or to submit any abstracts (using this template). You can find all other information on the conference website.

    Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp
    Koningin Astridplein 20
  • 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.




  • 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