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


DEST (Distributed European School of Taxonomy) and ForBio are pleased to announce that the popular Basics of Taxonomy Course will be organized again in 2020 with support from the Swedish Academy of Sciences.

This two week course gives a comprehensive theoretical overview and hands-on experience about different methodologies on how to describe, illustrate and communicate biodiversity. The course covers the following topics, each taught by an expert in the matter:

• Digital drawing
• Scientific illustration
• Scientific writing and communication
• e-Taxonomy and biodiversity informatics tools and workflows
• DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy)

Dr. Matz Berggren, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Dr. Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Dr. Tomas Cedhagen, Department of Biosciences - Aquatic Biology, Aarhus University
Dr. Gábor Lövei, Department of Agroecology - Crop Health, Aarhus University
Dr. Dimitrios Koureas, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Selection and registration

Criteria for selection will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training course for the applicants. Students who complete this course will receive a 5 ECTS course certificate. For more information about the 2019 iteration of course see here.

Registration will be handled by DEST through their website, and a link will be available online here. There is a limited number of places available. The course has a minimum number of attendants for it to be taught.

The registration fee for this course will be roughly 400 €, and will include course attendance, teaching, course material, accommodation and meals. ForBio will cover the registration fee and travel for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions.

Contact Hugo de Boer for more information.

Published Mar. 3, 2020 1:19 PM - Last modified Feb. 1, 2021 11:50 AM