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.


  • Open Science Conference

    19th Mar, 2019 to 20th Mar, 2019
    Event type 


    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.




  • Preserving Biodiversity in the EU: Halting the Loss and Protecting Wildlife

    20th Mar, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - 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 Hotel
    Avenue du Boulevard 17
  • EOSC-hub Week 2019

    10th Apr, 2019 to 12th Apr, 2019
    Event type 


    This year, EOSC-hub Week 2019 brings together both present and future service providers and users of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). 

    The event comes just after the recent launch of the EOSC in November which saw EOSC-hub's Catalogue of Services incorporated into the new EOSC. With the EOSC now live and in its early stages, the challenge now is to enrich EOSC's service offering to cover all the gaps in research services and increase uptake by the research community. This is what makes EOSC-hub Week 2019 timely.

    During the event, an open call for users and service providers will be launched. Stronger involvement from the ESFRI communities, the HPC Centers of Excellence and the public sector will also be sought through three interactive sessions dedicated to discuss how EOSC can make a difference for these different target groups.

    At present, the programme is still being finalised. You can check here for updates.

    However, registration is already possible. Just follow the link above.



    Vienna House Diplomat Prague
    Evropska 15
    160 00
    Czech Republic
  • Linking Open Science in Austria

    24th Apr, 2019 to 25th Apr, 2019
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar


    The workshop "Linking Open Science in Austria" is a joint workshop by OpenAIRE, e-infra austria, RDA Europe, RDA Austria, GO FAIR, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Vienna University Library.

    The workshop aims to connect researchers, open science facilitators, research facilitators, repository managers, policy makers, funders and librarians at this 2-day event in Vienna, Austria with a strong focus on FAIR.

    For registration please click here: Registration

    For all further information, including the agenda, please visit the event page.


    Skylounge University of Vienna
  • How Will Digital Sequence Information (DSI) Be Addressed Under the Convention on Bilogical Diversity

    09th May, 2019
    Event type 


    An Info Day on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019, in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective of this ‘Digital Sequence Information’ (DSI) Info Day is to provide information on the state of play on DSI mainly in the CBD context. It will allow to discuss the key issues that need to be addressed, based on first-hand experience from researchers and the industry on how DSI is used.

    As a result, key elements provided during the day that are useful for underpinning the Belgian negotiation position can be picked up. Also, it will encourage stakeholder organizations to provide input to the open CBD process on DSI.
    The DSI Info Day will start with exposés from speakers covering different aspects on/of DSI. Dr. Hendrik Segers, Belgian Focal Point CBD, will do the general introduction. Speakers from policy, research and innovation (such as VIB, RBINS, CETAF, EBI, VLIZ) will take the floor and give information from different perspectives and angles. In the afternoon two break-out sessions will focus on “conceptual clarity (incl. a useable legal and operational definition)” on the one hand, and “Benefit Sharing Models” on the other.

    RSVP (Registration) by Monday 29 April 2019.

    This event is organised thanks to the joint effort of ANB (Flanders Agency Nature & Forests), the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, EWI(Flanders Department Economy, Science and Innovation), RBINS(Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and VLIR(Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad).




    Herman Teirlinckgebouw – Auditorium
    Havenlaan 88
  • SPNHC 2019 - Making the Case for Natural History Collections

    25th May, 2019 to 31st May, 2019
    Event type 


    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
    Event type 


    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
  • 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
    Event type 


    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).



  • 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