Welcome to DEST

DEST has been established by prominent taxonomists and other international partners during the EU funded project European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT: 2006 – 2011). Since March 2011, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences committed to sustain the continued management of DEST, organization of courses and related logistics.

The major aim of DEST is to transfer knowledge between current and future generations of taxonomists by providing high quality education and prepare students for future taxonomic careers. Other objectives of the programme are to encourage mobility, to promote integration by establishing new contacts with other researchers, and to contribute to capacity building in the trainee’s institution. Since its founding, DEST provided training to over 500 students from all over the world.

Training programme 2015-2016 announced soon!

Check out the training programme 2014-2015

Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels
contact: dest-training@naturalsciences.be

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith