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.


  • Teaching in a 21st Century School

    05th Feb, 2018 to 10th Feb, 2018
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    The course has been designed to provide tools to prepare European teachers for a future that happens today. The topics and training activities take into account the Key Competences for 21st Century Students. The trainers are enthusiastic educational agents, namely teachers with a broad experience and actively involved in 21st Century Skills.


    Course Objectives:

    • Promote the debate about Key Competences for 21st Century Citizens;
    • Experiment and develop new learning practices and teaching methods;
    • Promote educational innovation and stimulating the use of ICT in schools;
    • Promoting interdisciplinary through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics);
    • Develop methodologies, strategies, techniques and resources for a differentiated teaching;
    • Create spin-off effects like curriculum development and research collaboration;
    • Improve educational practices through collaborative working approaches among teachers;
    • Promote a deeper understanding of the practical ways of incorporating eTwinning in teaching;
    • Improve the quality and efficacy of the management of international projects;
    • Increase knowledge of social, linguistic and cultural matters.


    How to apply for the course? Contact 21st Knowledge by email: info@21knowledge.pt or by landline phone +351 232 407135


    Francisco Franco Secondary School
    Rua João De Deus, 9
    Funchal, Ilha Da Madeira
  • SWIFCOB 18 «Ökosystemleistungen: vom wissenschaftlichen Konzept zur praktischen Anwendung»

    09th Feb, 2018
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    The SWIFCOB (Swiss Forum on Conservation Biology) is an annual conference of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum. It regularly convenes ca. 200 actors from science, administration and society and encourages debate on hot topics and cross-sectoral solutions regarding the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

    This years iteration will feature ecosystem services and their path from scientific concept to concrete application. Taking the concept of ecosystem services beyond being included in political startegies and develop it into concrete measures, has proven to be difficult so far. This conference will try to further the discussion on this issue. The following questions shall be discussed

    • How can ecosystem services be translated into political strategies
    • What experiences have cantons, parcs, agriculture or other countries made while applying the concept?
    • What is actually working and which barriers do exist?
    • Which foundations and methods need to be used to successfully use the concept in spatial planning in Switzerland?
    • In which areas may an application not be sensible>

    The 2018 SWIFCOB, held on 9 February 2018, is organised by the Swiss Biodiversity Forum of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences with support from the Universities of Geneva and Zurich, the Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft and the Direction générale de l’agriculture et de la nature of the canton of Geneva. The event will be held in German. A full agenda can be accessed here, to register please visit the website of the event. 


    Schanzeneckstrasse 1
  • Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future

    27th Feb, 2018 to 28th Feb, 2018
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    The conference & workshop of the "Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data" project will take place at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th February 2018.

    During this conference, the organises specifically aim to share the lessons learned from the project "Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data" and put their work in a broader perspective. Three keynote speakers will provide their view on working with large datasets, the need for Open Data and Open Science.

    • Jonathan Chase from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) will share insights from his work on biodiversity synthesis.
    • Jörg Freyhof based at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) will offer a global perspective on biodiversity observation data based on his experience in working on the EU BioFresh project and the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).
    • Julia Steward Lowndes from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) will present a strong case for Open Science sharing the story of building the Ocean Health Index.

    The workshop on Biodiversity Data Management represents an excellent opportunity to get guidance and learn simple tricks to improve your day-to-day data management. In the afternoon, we give an introduction into biodiversity data standardisation and publication and offer the opportunity to choose between hands-on data transformation exercise and working with microbial ecology data. This workshop is higly recommended for students and researchers looking to improve their data management skills.

    Get inspired and learn what you can do for "Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future" during our conference on February 27th and workshop on February 28th! Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/NX8Ao1B5ACoV7Hef1

    You can find the full program here: SAFRED program draft November 2017.




    Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
    Rue Vautier 29