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.

 

  • OSFair2019 - Synergies for Sustainable, Open & Responsible Research

    16th Sep, 2019 to 18th Sep, 2019
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    Register by 
    Monday, 9 September, 2019

     

    Open Science is a new research paradigm facing many challenges, mainly the ingrained research habits accompanied by non-incentive institutional and funder reward systems, the lack of embedded tools and services, the connection to non-academic communities.

    OSFair2019 is organized as an emblematic initiative of OpenAIRE, co-organized by 3 other EU projects in the area of Open Science: FIT4RRI, EOSC Secretariat and FAIRsFAIR. It is locally curated by the University of Minho.

    Open Science Fair will critically showcase the elements required for the transition to Open Science: e-infrastructures and services, policies as guidance for good practices, training and skills, publishing and dissmeniation, research flows and new types of activities (mine, review, assess, etc.), the roles of the respective actors and their networks.

    The conference will include keynotes by distinguished speakers, roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops and training sessions, as well as a poster and a demo session. It will bring together different stakeholder perspectives and will suggest roadmaps towards implementation on targeted aspects of Open Science, scholarly communication in national settings and FAIR implementation.

    The structure of the conference can already be viewed here. Registration is possible through this link.

     

     

     

    Congress Centre Alfândega Porto
    Address 
    R. Nova da Alfândega, 4050-430
    49VH+68
    Porto
    Portugal
  • 11th Biennial European Bird Curator Meeting

    24th Sep, 2019 to 26th Sep, 2019
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    Community
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    The 11th Biennial European Bird Curator Meeting will take place from 24 - 26 September at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    While the programme is still being developed, you can already register here. The Early-Bird registration will end on July 31st.

    To submit an abstract for either a talk or a poster please send an email to belmakera@tauex.tau.ac.il

    We will update this page once more information becomes available.

     

     

    The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
    Address 
    Klausner St 12
    69978
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
  • European Research and Innovation Days

    24th Sep, 2019 to 26th Sep, 2019
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    A three day event completely dedicated to research and innovation will take place in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019. The event contains a Policy Conference, an Innovation Europe Hub and the exhibition "Science is wonderful".

    The Policy Conference brings together high-level policy-makers, leaders from industry, finance, and of course science to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape. It covers vital areas of science, engineering, medicine, and wider social and environmental concerns. Part of this conference are so called co-design sessions in which participants will debate the impact and strategic priorities for the first four years of Horizon Europe, together with European Commission and Member States representatives. Co-design sessions are structured to allow an in-depth dialogue and to work across sectors and disciplines. Attendees will be able to interact or vote during co-design sessions. The final aim is to draft an initial strategic plan for Horizon Europe. The basis for the debate will be a document, available online soon.

    The Innovative Europe Hub is a meeting space for innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and the whole range of services, businesses, civil society organisations, agencies and intermediaries that make European science technology so dynamic. It is an important opportunity to debate and shape the targeted impact and strategic priorities of Horizon Europe, the European Commission’s proposal for the next EU research and innovation programme.

    The exhibition "Science is wonderful" is a free and aims to bring the world of science to the public. Be it fighting cancer, slowing down global warming, preventing hunger or even facilitating human life in space. That is all part of the variety of activities visitors can discover at the exhibition, showing how science impacts our life. It opens its doors on the 25th and 26th of September at the sampe place, the Kanal Centre Pompidou and offers live demonstrations and face-to-face chats with researchers.

    You can find more information about all elements of the huge event on the event website. To register directly, please click here. The draft programme for the policy conference can be accessed here.

     

     

    Kanal Centre Pompidou
    Address 
    Quai des Peniches
    1000
    Brussels
    Belgium
  • Vth International Congress on Biodiversity: Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity

    11th Oct, 2019 to 13th Oct, 2019
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    Community
    Event type 
    Meeting

     

    The upcoming congress is a continuation of the already traditional meetings for scientific debate and exchange of new scientific knowledge between researchers, students, lecturers, members of scientific and environmental organizations from Europe (Italy, Malta, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Russia and others) and Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and others). It facilitates and deepens the interactions between people from the above groups working in a very dynamic environment fostering innovation that allows their research to always be on a high level and with direct benefits to society.

     

    The meeting focuses on the following areas: plant and animal biodiversity; ecology of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems; faunistics, floristics, taxonomy and systematics; protected areas and their management; invasive alien species and their impact on local biodiversity; engaging civil society in sustainable use of natural resources.

     

    The goals of the congress are to communicate and exchange ideas and knowledge to ensure a higher level of research, enhance the qualifications and efficiency of career development of the scientists in Biology, and enhance the international cooperation already achieved in previous meetings.

     

    The official language of the congress is English.

     

    The results of the congress in the form of scientific papers will be published in the following peer-reviewed scientific journals: Historia naturalis bulgarica and Biodiversity Journal. The abstracts will be published on the platform ARPHA Conference Abstracts (ACA).

     

    The congress is co-organised by the CETAf member National Museum of Natural History, Sofia. You can find all further information on the event website (link below).

     

     

    Hotel of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Address 
    50 Shipchenski Prohod Street
    1113
    Sofia
    Bulgaria
  • Biodiversity_next - better Data, better Science, better Policies. Open Digital Science Week on Biological and Geological Diversity

    21st Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019
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    CETAF
    Event type 
    General Assembly

     

     

     

    WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY_NEXT?

    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.

     

    A list and short description of all accepted events with CETAF involvement can be downloaded here.

     

     

    Naturalis Biodiversity Center
    Address 
    Pesthuislaan 7
    2333 BA
    Leiden
    Netherlands
  • RDA's 14th Plenary

    23rd Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019
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    Stakeholder
    Event type 
    General Assembly

     

    RDA 14th Plenary in Finland brings together data experts in research, industry and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines under the theme Data Makes the Difference.  

    With this theme, the meeting addresses the extensive potential of research data in

    • improving decision making,
    • tackling grand societal challenges, and
    • engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society.

    Data has enormous and diverse potential to change how we work, make decisions and empower citizens. The 14th RDA plenary will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together diverse group of experts from all around the globe. During the plenary we will share and learn together and advance our abilities to use data in making a positive impact in the world to tackle its complex challenges.

    The Plenary is co-hosted by Research Data Alliance Finland, CSC - IT Centre for Science, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, and Finnish Meteorological Institute.

    You can register here. More information including the conference programme is available on the event page.

     

     

    Dipoli at Aalto University
    Address 
    Otakaari 24
    01250
    Espoo
    Finland
  • How human activities cause biodiversity loss : Interactions and relative contributions of human activities; What do we know, what do we need to know ?

    24th Oct, 2019
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    Relevance: This conference stems from the observation that the interactions between, and the relative contributions, of different types of human activities have unclear contributions on current and future biodiversity loss unclear for most researchers. This is largely due to the fact that very few publications compare the effects of these different activities in the same model, and since all these activities have been growing exponentially since 1850, they all correlate well with the quantifications of biodiversity loss.

    This conference aims to make people from areas of research involved in biodiversity degradation and conservation, including biologists and geographers (IPBES), and climatologists (IPCC), share data and a vision in the context of the IPBES and IPCC coming reports about common sections focusing on biodiversity. We aim that this conference allows a thorough discussion of the causes of biodiversity loss. We expect it to be also an occasion to spread the excellent work of IPBES and IPCC editors and chairs to the political community in Belgium, which hosts the European parliament and commission. Key players will be invited to join the conference (UCLouvain is located 30 min from Brussels).

    The conference can conveniently take place at the Earth and Life Institute (450 researchers) at UCLouvain, which hosts internationally recognized expertise in biodiversity, climate change, land use, forestry, and agricultural practices notably, including Profs. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Eric Lambin, Patrick Meyfroidt, Hans Van Dyck, and our university also hosts other key actors of UN goals such as Prof. Olivier De Schutter. This conference will also be an excellent training for ELI PhD students

    Organisation : 24th October , one day, 4 sections (no parallel sessions) and two round tables for discussion and synthesis.Proposed by : Caroline Nieberding, Michel Crucifix, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Philippe Marbaix and Patrick Meyfroidt.

    Addressed to: Researchers in Environmental sciences at UCLouvain and in Belgium (Msc to PI), Belgian and European politicians (DG Environnement) and Belgian NGOs. General audience will be welcome.

    The lectures will be in English

    Place : Auditoire Socrate (SOCR11), Place Cardinal Mercier, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

     

    All furthe riformation icnluding the registration form and the agenda can be found on the event website.

     

    Auditoire Socrate (SOCR11)
    Address 
    Place Cardinal Mercier
    1348
    Louvain-La-Neuve
    Belgium
  • ESFRI Workshop on the Future of Research Infrastructures in the European Research Area

    06th Nov, 2019 to 08th Nov, 2019
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    Symposium - Seminar

     

    With the next Roadmap of European Research Infrastructures, foreseen for publication in 2021, ESFRI will end the second cycle of its Roadmaps, comprising the editions of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018. The last two editions have demonstrated clearly how the landscape of research infrastructures in Europe has evolved and matured.

    As demonstrated through the work on long-term sustainability of research infrastructures over the last three years, the facilities that have now become operational face very different challenges to the ones early in their lifecycle.

    Recognising the nature of these challenges and responding to the invitation of the Competitiveness Council to strengthen its strategic role, ESFRI started a comprehensive reflection process on the role of research infrastructures and ESFRI itself in the evolving European Research Area.

    The objective of this workshop is to discuss with the research infrastructures, thematic clusters and other stakeholders a number of key topics that emerged through this process in a view of preparing a formal ESFRI document in December 2019.

    The event will take place in Los Cancajos, La Palma, Canary Islands. The provisional agenda as well as the registration form can be found on the event page.

    Hotel H10 Taburiente Playa
    Address 
    Travesía de los Cancajos, 36
    38712
    Los Cancajos
    Belgium
  • SPNHC & ICOM NATHIST 2020

    07th Jun, 2020 to 13th Jun, 2020
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    SPNHC and ICOM

    RBGE and NMS are jointly hosting a conference from the 7th – 13th June 2020 of two major Natural History Collection organisations, SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST. Information relating to these organisations is provided below.
     
    The conference will be held over several days and is expected to attract approximately 700 participants in total. The main venue will be the McEwan Hall in the centre of Edinburgh, with Evening events held within NMS and RBGE.
     
    Conference planning committee:
        NMS: Sankurie Pye (Chair), Nick Fraser, Chanté St Clair Inglis
        RBGE: Suzanne Cubey, Elspeth Haston, Rob Cubey
     
    The additional organising committees comprises members of staff, students an volunteers from both RBGE and NMS.

    The legacy for RBGE and NMS following the conference would include:
    • Stronger collaboration between NMS and RBGE.
    • NMS/RBGE recognition as ‘Centres of Excellence’ for collections & research.
    • Academic publications (including a special edition of a journal).
    • Increased use of the collections (from an international perspective).
    • Keeping up with advances in best practice in natural science collections.
    • Information gathered on how to make processes relating to collections more environmentally sustainable.
    • Building relationships with key partners and sponsors.

    Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

    RBGE and NMS are currently members of SPNHC.

    The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society. These include not just specimens, but also supporting documentation, such as audio-visual materials, labels, library materials, field data and similar archives.

    SPNHC was formed in 1985 and is recognized as a non-profit organization {501(c)(3)} in the United States. The Society’s objectives are:
      •  To provide and maintain an international association of persons who study and care for natural history collections
      •  To encourage research on the essential requirements for preserving, storing, studying and displaying natural history collections
      •  To publish a professional journal, Collection Forum, and encourage the dissemination of information about natural history collections
      •  To hold annual meetings and sponsor symposia and workshops to foster the exchange of ideas and information

    The Society hosts annual meetings and maintains an active roster of publications, including Collection Forum, a journal that accepts submissions on all aspects of natural history collections management and conservation, a bi-annual Newsletter, and books that examine various aspects of natural history collections care, development and management. SPNHC is led by a talented group of individuals who are elected by the membership. Much of the work is accomplished through committees, which form the backbone of the Society.
     
    There are currently over 600 members worldwide.

     International Council of Museums (ICOM)

     NMS is a member of ICOM.

     An organisation created in 1946 by and for museum professionals.
    • A unique network of more than 37,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community.
    • A diplomatic forum made up of experts from 141 countries and territories to respond to the challenges museums face worldwide.
    • A consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
    • 115 National Committees and 30 International Committees dedicated to various museum specialties.
    • A leading force in ethical matters.
    • One of the founding members of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS).
    • A Public Interest Organisation.
    • 3 official languages: English, French and Spanish.

    International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (NATHIST)

    NATHIST is concerned with the conservation of biological diversity in museums collections as well as in the natural environment, the scientific study of the world’s natural heritage and the education of the wider public through museum displays, conferences, field trips, etc. A newsletter ensures contacts between members of the committee which should be increasingly called upon considering the ever-increasing interest in nature and its protection
     
    Registration for the event will open on 28 October 2019
    National Museums Scotland / Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    Belgium