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.
- 12th Dec, 2018OrganiserStakeholderEvent typeMeetingAfter InRoad’s (synchronising research infrastructure in Europe) second year of operation, InRoad Final Conference will present and disseminate the project’s final results and policy insights. The event will take place on Wednesday, 12. December 2018 at the BIP, Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels.During the Final Conference, InRoad will present and discuss the project findings with high-level experts. The insights build mainly upon the InRoad consultation report, the InRoad compendium, the latest briefing note, but also on a series of further publications, based on in-depth case studies and interviews, which are currently being finalised and will be released in the coming months. They will touch upon four areas, namely (1) the coordination of national and European RI roadmapping processes, (2) embedding RI roadmapping processes in national research and innovation systems, (3) higher degree of coordination between regional, national and European funding frameworks, and (4) best practices and common standards for RI business planning.The programme of the Final Conference is available here.BIPAddressRue Royale 2-41000BrusselsBelgium
- 13th Dec, 2018 to 15th Dec, 2018OrganiserCommunityEvent typeMeeting
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:
- “Crossing borders: why and how biologists and climatologists must speak together”;
- “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).Flanders Meeting & Convention Center AntwerpAddressKoningin Astridplein 202018AntwerpBelgium
- 19th Mar, 2019 to 20th Mar, 2019OrganiserStakeholderEvent typeMeeting
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.BerlinGermany
- 20th Mar, 2019OrganiserStakeholderEvent typeSymposium - Seminar
The loss of biological diversity is one of the main environmental challenges facing the planet. The WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 shows a 60% decline in size for mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians’ populations in only 40 years.
In response to the issue, and in compliance with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Union developed a Biodiversity Strategy in 2011 to stop the loss. The strategy contains six targets and twenty actions focusing on halting the loss of biodiversity; protecting species and habitats; restoring ecosystems and ensuring that farming and fishing are more sustainable by 2020. Moreover, under the Birds and Habitats Directives, the Natura 2000 network is ensuring the survival of endangered species and their habitats by protecting land and marine areas. The network now covers 18% of the EU land. In 2016, the European Parliament reviewed the Biodiversity Strategy.
A review by the European Parliament in 2016 stated, that it is unlikely that the strategy targets will be fully reached by the deadline. Greater efforts and innovative solutions to limit human activity are necessary in order to tackle the loss of biodiversity.
As the 2020 deadline approaches, this symposium offers an opportunity to identify priorities for meeting the biodiversity targets and to discuss future steps. It also enables delegates to share best practices for protecting habitats and halting the ongoing loss of biodiversity both in cities and rural areas.
In four main sessions, the delegates will discuss how to prevent biological diversity loss by taking stock of EU initiatives and preparing for Post-2020, linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services, integrate biodiversity into urban development, and take human activity into consideration.
Please visit the event website for the full agenda and a link to register your place.Thon HotelAddressAvenue du Boulevard 171210BrusselsBelgium
- 21st Oct, 2019 to 25th Oct, 2019OrganiserCETAFEvent typeGeneral 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.Naturalis Biodiversity CenterAddressPesthuislaan 72333 BALeidenNetherlands