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.


  • SPNHC 2019 - Making the Case for Natural History Collections

    25th May, 2019 to 31st May, 2019
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    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
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    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
  • ENVRIplus Final Dissemination event

    04th Jun, 2019
    Event type 
    Register by 
    Friday, 17 May, 2019




    The ENVRI Dissemination event aims to promote the ENVRIplus results, the benefits of cluster collaboration and community building, and address how Research Infrastructures contribute to societal challenges. 

    The event will be organized in an interactive way by combining talks, panel discussions, and science market format. The target audience of the happening is policy makers, funders and international organizations.


    The agenda is available on the page of the event: http://www.envriplus.eu/2019/01/30/envriplus-final-event/

    Please register to the Dissemination event by the latest 17th May 2019 through this link: http://www.envriplus.eu/2019/01/30/envriplus-final-event/ and if you have any questions related to the overall Dissemination event, do not hesitate to contact Katri Ahlgren (katri.ahlgren@icos-ri.eu).

    SCIENCE FAIR SESSIONnotice separate registration needed by email!

    Between the morning and afternoon plenaries, a Science fair session will be organized. The focus of this session is to promote RIs in the environmental field by presenting their services, activities, and benefits for the science and society, including showcases. The session will be organized in an open exhibition area combining stands/lighting talks/roll-ups/demonstrators during the lunch time, and gives an opportunity to learn about environmental RIs, and to meet and discuss with RI representatives in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

    To be able to organize the Science market in an appropriate way, please let Ulpu and Enni know
    (ulpu.leijala@fmi.fi; enni.sahlman@icos-ri.eu) by Tue 30th April 2019 if your RI will participate to the Science fair session and bring along a roll-up/printed materials/computer/poster to the stand. Sorry for the tight schedule of the registration but it is needed to make the preparations fluently. We hope that many RIs take the opportunity to promote their activities and join this session. Please feel free to ask Ulpu and Enni if you have any concerns or questions related to the Science fair part of the Dissemination event.


    Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)
    Rue Vautier 29
  • 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
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    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).



  • IPBES youth workshop

    27th Jun, 2019 to 28th Jun, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar

    Logo ipbes


    IPBES youth workshop

    IPBES (The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) works to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity,
    long-term human well-being and sustainable development. To do this, IPBES draws on the vast capacities of the individuals, organizations and institutions already working on biodiversity and ecosystem services across the world.

    This workshop contributes to the overarching objective of IPBES by expanding involvement in IPBES' efforts and increasing use of IPBES products.
    It supports the implementation of the IPBES capacity-building rolling plan through promoting the fellowship programme and further expanding and supporting the development of communities of practice.


    The meeting objectives are as follows:

    - Familiarize participants with the work of IPBES and explore how participants and their networks can contribute; and

    - Explore future scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services from the perspective of early-career professionals and thus contributing to IPBES' work on scenarios and models.

    Date and place

    The workshop will take place 27-28 June 2019 in São Pedro, Brazil.


    The workshop will be organized under the auspices of the IPBES capacity-building task force in collaboration with the IPBES expert group on scenarios and models, the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Brazilian Platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BPBES), the São Paulo Research Foundation's Research programme on Biodiversity, Characterisation, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use (BIOTA-FAPESP), the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).
    The workshop is funded by the Norwegian Environment Agency.


    The workshop will be attended by 30 early-career representatives from Governments, organisations and networks working on issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Participants will comprise scientists, decision- and policymakers and practitioners, including representatives of different knowledge systems. It is envisioned that approximately 1/3 of the participants will come from Brazil, 1/3 will come from other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1/3 will come from the rest of the world. To reach relevant organizations and networks, a call for participants will be issued by the IPBES secretariat and particularly well-placed organizations will be encouraged to apply.
    The criteria for selection of participants will be specified in the call, and the final selection of participants will be done by the IPBES task force on capacity-building.


    São Pedro
  • 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