CETAF’s 33 members represent 57 institutions that hold over half the world’s biological collections and work in over 100 collaborative projects. Our Members explore and document the natural world focusing on studying the species and their evolutionary history. In doing so, they contribute in the advancement of research in a multitude of disciplines.

Earth Sciences

Geology, mineralogy palaeontology and anthropology collections.

Life Sciences

Living organisms' collections, including plants, animals and fungi.

Heritage Sciences

Natural history publications, artwork and cultural items.


Get direct access to our European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT), and find articles that our Members have published elsewhere. Not a scientist? Take a look here too if you would like general information on taxonomy and biodiversity.


Are you interested in finding out more about our research? You can browse through labs here, see the technology we use, and get in touch with us.


Are you passionate about nature? Do you want to learn more about the world of taxonomy ? Check out the permanent and temporary exhibitions near you!


Explore the different research domains of CETAF’s Members and find out what our member institutions are doing.

Working Commissions & Special Interest Groups

Taxonomy is of global interest in various policy areas. Keep track of our work on subjects that range from the management of biological collections, their digitalisation, to the impacts that the Access and Benefit Sharing regulation will have on taxonomic research.


Would you like new skills and competencies for your research career? Have a look here for training and related opportunities to taxonomy and systematics.