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The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) offers education and training opportunities to students and professionals from any nationality studying, working or interested in the field of taxonomy, biodiversity, geodiversity and conservation.


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In cooperation with DiSSCo, GBIF, and CETAF-DEST, the COST Action MOBILISE is organising its 2nd Training School, which will take place on 13-14 February 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. The main focus is on the digitisation and management of biological and geological collections and the development of digitisation strategies and plans. This hands-on and interactive training initiative is specifically geared towards natural history institutions holding small collections. Applicants can register here and the deadline is 1 December 2019. Selected trainees will be informed individually and will receive a COST Trainee Grant for their accommodation and travel costs. More info on the MOBILISE website


Sign up for our 2019 courses!

Integrative taxonomy in the "big data" era
18-22 March
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Zoological nomenclature
3-7 June
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Taxonomy of pollinators
1-5 July
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Northern biodiversity
29 July - 3 August
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Basics of taxonomy
28 October - 8 November
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