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.


  • DiSSCo Prepare’s first All Hands meeting!

    18th Jan, 2021 to 22nd Jan, 2021
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    For an entire week, experts in the areas of governance, business, technology, services, big data, and policies will take part in more than 20 working sessions to discuss and produce key elements of what will become Europe’s leading natural science collections Research Infrastructure, DiSSCo RI.


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    DiSSCo Research Infrastructure will collaborate and coordinate with its pan-European consortium members and key stakeholders to provide integrated high-quality geo- and biodiversity data to researchers that will ensure the high level of research excellence needed to respond to society’s Grand Challenges. High volume digitisation of natural science collections, common standards and policies, and technical interoperability among DiSSCo’s 121 natural science institutions will guarantee optimal use of DiSSCo’s FAIR data and related services. These are the foundational pillars of the future DiSSCo RI which is now in its preparatory phase.

    The preparatory phase of DiSSCo consists of a number of projects focused on specific aspects of the RI. A multitude of European experts are participating in domain specific projects where their expertise will help guarantee that the DiSSCo RI will be ready to construct and implement.

    In the weeklong meetings, key aspects pertaining to governance and business models, networking and strategic partnerships, access to FAIR data, standards and policies, training and capacity enhancement, and high volume digitisation will be discussed by experts who will apply their knowledge and expertise in geo- and biodiversity science to align and optimize DiSSCo’s development with researcher priorities and needs.



     Author: Jose Alonso