ForBio course: IUCN Red List Assessment

ForBio course in IUCN Red List Assessment

TIME AND PLACE: November 13, 2017 – November 16, 2017, NTNU Trondheim

COURSE SCOPE: ForBio is organising this four-day course to provide training about IUCN Red List,   including the topics covered in a typical IUCN Red List Assessor Training workshop. In this course, with theoretical lectures and practical sessions you will learn about the IUCN Red List assessment process and how to compile a scientifically rigorous and objective IUCN Red List assessment on global and regional scales.


  • Snorre Henriksen, Artsdatabanken
  • Toril Loennechen Moen, Artsdatabanken
  • Ken Olaf Storaunet, Norwegian Institute of Forestry and Landscape
  • Other guest lectures on selected topics

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and thereby promote their conservation. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants, fungi and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. Information on their conservation status and distribution provides the foundation for making informed decisions about conserving biodiversity from local to global levels.

In this course, with theoretical lectures and practical sessions you will learn about the IUCN Red List criteria, methodology and definitions, how to compile a scientifically rigorous IUCN Red List assessment at local or global scale, the Norwegian Red List in 2015 and the plans for the Norwegian Red List 2020 and some experiences in the Nordic countries.


ASSESSMENT: Online IUCN exam (2-3 hours)

REGISTRATION: Registration before October15. Please fill in the online application, including a statement of motivation and a short CV outlining relevant experience and level of education. 

FEE: No fee for ForBio members or associates.

TARGET GROUP: Postgraduate students, postdocs, consultants and governmental agents. Maximum 20 participants.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION: The course is arranged by the Research School in Biosystematics – ForBio – and travel and accommodation is covered for graduate students or postdocs registered at Norwegian universities and research institutes. ForBio members will be accommodated at Trondheim Vandrerhjem, in double rooms. ForBio will not refund travel or accommodation costs for other associates. See for more information on ForBio and membership. 

Click here for more information about the course. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ForBio coordinator Maria Capa or course leader Snorre Henriksen.



Published July 5, 2017 12:47 PM