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.


  • OpenAIRE workshop - Legal issues in Open Research Data

    04th Apr, 2017
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    This 8th OpenAIRE workshop will explore legal hindrances and possible solutions to open up research data. It will examine the issues and acquaint the audience with a critical understanding of the key legal issues surrounding open research data, including data protection, IPR and PSI and foster data sharing and re-use by giving pragmatic direction and concrete recommendations to stakeholders on what are their legal obligations and how best to negotiate them. The workshop will be also the opportunity to discuss the new OpenAIRE legal study and to present the data anonymization service developed by the OpenAIRE IT experts.

    The workshop will take place on 4 April 2017 and is part of the RDA Plenary Meeting. Registration can be completed here




    University of Barcelona Aula Magna
    Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
  • Evolving Ideas: Provocative New Ways of Working with Collections

    20th Apr, 2017 to 21st Apr, 2017
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar
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    Friday, 13 January, 2017

    The Natural Science Collections Association is organizing its annual conference & AGM on 20 & 21 April 2017, which will be hosted by the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.

    The meeting addresses the issue of how to enhance the ways in which museums with natural sciences collections operate. 

    The theme of the #NatSCA2017 conference touches on a wide set of ideas and topics – two days of sharing and discussion about how the sector could do things better.

    The conference is inviting papers and posters which include:

    • New models for engagement.
    • Learning from outside the sector.
    • Challenging established philosophies.
    • Lessons from recent redevelopment projects.
    • Provocations for debate about how museums go about their work.
    • Ideas for improvements in collections management.
    • New practices in natural sciences conservation.
    • Methods for measuring impact.

    University Museum of Zoology Cambridge
    Downing Street
    CB2 3EJ
    United Kingdom
  • European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017

    23rd Apr, 2017 to 28th Apr, 2017
    Event type 
    General Assembly

    The EGU 2017 General Assembly is the largest geosciences meeting in Europe and brings together thousands of geoscientists from all over the world. Covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences, it provides an opportunity for journalists and science writers to talk to researchers, learn about new developments and find out about the latest discoveries in a variety of areas, such as climate, space and planetary science missions, natural disasters, and seafloor exploration.

    From 23 to 28 April 2017, the EGU 2017 General Assembly, the meeting has an extensive programme which you can access hereThe scientific programme of the General Assembly 2017 includes special scientific and interdisciplinary events as well as oral and poster sessions on disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics covering the full spectrum of the geosciences and the space and planetary sciences. Furthermore, medal lectures, great debates, short courses, townhall meetings, and splinter meetings complete the overall programme.

    Information on registratio and the venue can also be found via the events' webpage. For those unable to attend, selected sessions will be available via webstream.




    Austria Center Vienna
    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
  • Final citizen science event for LIFE MIPP (Monitoring of Insects with Public Participation)

    24th May, 2017 to 26th May, 2017
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    LIFE MIPP, a project that monitors saproxylic beetle populations (Osmoderma eremit, Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina and Morimus funereus) by enlisting volunteers to gather data on the population size and conservation status of insects, will hold its closing conference in the northern Italian city of Mantua (Mantova).
    MIPP stands for monitoring of insects with public participation, and this final meeting, to be held on 24-26 May 2017, will focus on the monitoring of saproxylic beetles and other insects protected in the European Union.

    The project’s aim is to follow the example of several European countries that have developed guidelines for the monitoring of insect species listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive.

    The project has adopted a ‘citizen science’ approach to expanding the data available about the five target species, by encouraging walkers, naturalists and others living near the four Natura 2000 network sites included in the project to report what they find. A smartphone app has been developed to enable volunteers to submit information.

    The project is also making innovative use of canine olfaction by deploying a trained dog to seek out the pheromones emitted by one of the target species, Osmoderma eremita, to develop a comprehensive map of the species’ distribution in the project area.

    The scientific programme for the workshop can be accessed here. On the same website you will also find information about venue and registration.

    Salone Mantegnesco Fondazione Università di Mantova
    Via Scarsellini 2
  • Engaging society for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): New options to move forward

    19th Jun, 2017
    Event type 
    Register by 
    Sunday, 30 April, 2017

    The Multi-Actor Conference “Engaging society for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): New options to move forward” will be organised in Brussels on June 19th 2017. The Policy conference is organized by the H2020 funded project PROSO in cooperation with the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts.

    The aim of this conference is to jointly discuss and (further) develop innovative ideas, options and initiatives to promote societal engagement for RRI. PROSO will present preliminary project results on challenges as well as policy and practice options concerning the engagement of civil society organizations and other interest groups of citizens as well as (non-organized) citizens in publicly funded research and innovation. These results will be actively considered and critically discussed by a broad range of R&I stakeholders, namely policy makers at European and national level, research management and funding organizations, business and industry representatives, science education and communication actors, researchers, as well as civil society organizations. The outcome of this event will contribute to a Policy & Practice Guide to be handed over to policy-makers, research funding organizations as well as civil society organizations. 

    The conference is open for around 60 experts. Registration is possible on invitation only. If you would like to be invited to the conference, please contact conference@proso-project.eu.




    Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts
    Hertogstraat 1
  • 11th GEO European Project Workshop 2017

    19th Jun, 2017 to 21st Jun, 2017
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar

    The purpose of the conference is to bring together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS. 

    The conference is organised by the European Commission and Finish Meteorological Institute.

  • 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

    26th Jun, 2017 to 30th Jun, 2017
    Event type 


    With the aim of stimulating discussion and innovative reflections on the role and relevance of botanic gardens in society, Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of the City of Geneva would like to cordially invite you to the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress from 26 to 30 June 2017.

    The scientific programme will focus on botanic gardens’ role in solving the major environmental challenges for society – food security, water scarcity, energy, health, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Major topics will include plant conservation, education and outreach, botanic garden management challenges and communicating the big issues via landscaping, with workshops and discussion sessions organised during the course of the meeting to address specific issues. We hope that the botanic garden community, its associated horticultural experts, scientists, educators, communicators,  directors and managers will have the chance to collectively and collaboratively explore and develop different visions of botanic gardens and their core activities for the future.

    Information regarding registration can be found here, information regarding the excursions woven into the congresses programme are available here.




    International Conference Centre Geneva
    17 Rue de Varembé
  • Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

    27th Jun, 2017 to 29th Jun, 2017
    Event type 
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    Monday, 29 May, 2017

    This joint European conference organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) explores the significant challenges climate change poses to biodiversity and health in Europe. 

    The conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues.

    The conference is divided into three main areas (day 1: science, day 2: practice and implementation, day 3: policy and economy) and will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change.

    Please visit the events' website to find out more about the speakers and the programme

    Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR)
    Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2
  • XIX International Botanical Congress

    23rd Jul, 2017 to 29th Jul, 2017
    Event type 
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    Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

    The International Botanical Congress (IBC) is a major convention that brings together scientists from around the world to discuss new research in the plant sciences. The IBC is held once every six years. The Congresses are particularly notable in that they not only bring together scientists from many countries, but also from many disciplines within the broader research fields related to the plant sciences, including botany, mycology, ecology, horticulture, agriculture, and other related fields. The increasing knowledge about plants—their history, growth, uses, interactions with other organisms, and roles in the ecosystem—is becoming progressively important for the stability and sustainability of the human endeavor and, indeed, of all life on Earth.

    More information can be found here.


    Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
    Fuhua 3rd Rd, FuTian CBD, Futian Qu
    Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng
  • Third meeting of BioSyst.EU

    15th Aug, 2017 to 17th Aug, 2017
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    BioSyst.EU's  third meeting 

    August 15–18, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    BioSyst EU, the Federation of European Biological Systematic Societies, is an organisation that share aims with CETAF.  

    A collaboration and a partnership with European scientists dealing with topics of systematic biology where individual scientists are to be represented via their national or regional societies.

    Have a look at Biosyst EU goals at www.biosyst.eu/