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.


  • GEO WEEK 2017

    23rd Oct, 2017 to 27th Oct, 2017
    Event type 

    On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together for the Earth Observations Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, and will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'. With a focus of delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

    Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., USA.

  • Workshop 'Virtual Reality in a museum context'

    25th Oct, 2017
    Event type 
    The workshop addresses representatives of museums and exhibitions who would like to learn about the many ways that VR technology can be applied in museum and exhibition context. On the basis of impressive showcases and prototypes that came into being in the framework of the ERDF-funded project ‘Natural history 365/24 – Berlin Natural History Museum’ s multimedia applications lab’, attendees will receive a demonstration of VR’s potential for innovative communication practice and as an alternative method of presenting objects. Amongst other showcases, participants will therefore be able to get to know the Inside Tumucumaque Virtual Reality experience, where, on the basis of the
    prototype they will be able to explore a clearing in the Amazon rainforest, along with its animal inhabitants.
    Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
    Invalidenstraße 4
  • BEES Young Scientist Day 2017

    27th Oct, 2017
    Event type 

    An informal, interactive afternoon, organized by the Belgium Ecosystem Services Community (BEES)  focused on developing interdisciplinary cooperation and exploring transdisciplinary opportunities. Starting with a lunch, sharing experiences with short inspiring presentations, and having an interactive session, all while enjoying the magnificent 180° view on Ghent City from the 21th floor.

    1) exchange with peers is essential for research quality and network building.

    2) learning to link projects with stakeholders and policy makers in early phases is highly beneficial for impact of your research.

    3) imeeting new people working on similar topics, outside of your office.

    VAC Virginie Loveling
    Kon. Maria Hendrikaplein 70
  • 7th International Barcode of Life Conference

    20th Nov, 2017 to 24th Nov, 2017
    7th International Barcode of Life Conference
    Event type 
    Register by 
    Wednesday, 15 November, 2017

    The African Centre for DNA Barcoding, and the University of Johannesburg will be hosting the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference from 20 - 24 November 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent and the venue chosen is the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife, the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

    The intention is to make this a global conference with a distinctive African flavour, using the event to highlight, support, and encourage African researchers across the continent, and to link them up with the global barcoding network. The conference format will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions comprising both invited talks and contributed talks, and poster presentations. The optional first day (November 20) will be devoted to training workshops. Several student travel bursaries (developing nations) will be made available; see the conference website for more details.

    The 7th International Barcode of Life Conference will offer delegates and guests alike an unforgettable networking experience, with a backdrop not found anywhere else on the planet. The prospect of hosting world-leading delegates and experts in the field under African skies is a truly thrilling one.

    Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
    Kruger National Park
    South Africa