DEST course: Basics of Taxonomy: describing, illustrating and communicating biodiversity

Please note that ForBio is currently unable to finance its members’ participation on this course.

This DESTcourse will cover basic and advanced methods in modern taxonomic research, including the following topics:

• Software package DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) is a state of the art tool in modern taxonomy, used by taxonomists to (re)describe taxa in a standardised format, which makes the information readily available for comparative (phylogenetic) studies, cataloguing of fauna lists and construction of interactive illustrated keys.
• Digital drawing. Participants will learn to make scientific illustrations using the software program Adobe Illustrator.
• Scientific illustration. Participants will learn to understand the human perception of illustrations. They will be informed about a variety of illustration methods and practice some of these. Besides illustration of biological specimens, specific technical aspects of diagrams, tables, typography and posters will be discussed.
• Scientific writing and communication. Participants will learn the particularities of writing and presenting scientific studies, particularly primary scientific papers. Talks and scientific conferences will also be discussed.
• Scratchpads are a social networking tool to build, share and publish information on the diversity of life on the Web. Participants will learn how to set up a Scratchpad site and communicate with other users. They will get an overview of what a Scratchpad can do for their research and be able to independently explore Scratchpad after the course.

DELTA - Dr Matz Berggren, Institution of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, Sweden & Dr Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
Digital drawing - Dr Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
Scientific illustration - Prof. Tomas Cedhagen, Department of Biological Sciences - Marine Ecology, Aarhus University, Aarhus C, Denmark
Scientific writing and communication - Prof Gabor Lövei, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Flakkebjerg Research Centre, Slagelse, Denmark
Scratchpads - Dr Dimitrios Koureas, Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Course credits: 5 ECTS

Registration fee: € 1200

Includes course attendance, course material (scientific illustration), accommodation and meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Maximum number of participants: 15

Criteria for selection will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training course for your career.

Registration deadline: 1 July 2015.

Course will be cancelled if minimum number of registrations (13) is not reached.

Participants will receive notification by 15 July 2015 whether accepted to the course.

Click here for registration and more information about the course.

Please note that ForBio is currently unable to finance its members’ participation on this course.


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