Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014

The list below includes training courses offered for 2013-2014. The trainee will join a project team and will be coached by an expert (mentor) who will instruct her/him on ‘how to do the job’.  The programme includes a wide variety of topics and covers groups from diatoms and copepods up to tropical plants. Training courses will take place at research institutions, universities and natural history museums all across Europe.

The programme is open to participants from Europe and outside of Europe.

Registration process
The registration deadline and registration form for each training can be found in the corresponding training description. If you would like to participate in one of the trainings, please fill in the registration form and e-mail as an attachment to Registration forms that are either incomplete or late will not be accepted.

Selection procedure
Registrations will be evaluated by the DEST Selection Committee. Main selection criteria will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training for your career.

Trainees who have completed the training will receive a certificate specifying the dates of the training period, specification of the training and the institution where they received the training.

For details, click on course title.

Training-on-the-job Organizing institution & teachers
Web-based Taxonomy and Biodiversity Information Processing
Registration deadline 30 September 2014
Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, Netherlands) - Huub Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Wouter Addink and others
Call closed  

Soil zoology: Best field practices, modern ecological methodologies and molecular techniques

Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece) - S. Simaiakis and N. Poulakakis
Training programme in Crustacean systematics with specialisation in Cyclopidae (Copepoda) Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland) - M. Hołyńska
Systematics of freshwater subterranean Malacostraca: Morphology, molecular systematics, and web-taxonomy University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - C. Fišer
Wood biology training Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) - H. Beeckman
Morphology, taxonomy and identification of Rotifera Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium) - H. Segers
Training program in non-marine diatoms from the (sub-)Antarctic Region National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise, Belgium) - B. Van de Vijver, K. Kopalová
Taxonomy of European biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) University of Gdansk (Gdansk,  Poland) - R. Szadziewski
Methods and principles of systematic zoology (sensu lato: including zoogeography and phylogenetics) and systematics of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera) Milanówek, Poland - R. B. Hołyński

On the job training in family level identification of a hyperdiverse insect group: The Beetles (Coleoptera)

Natural History Museum (London, U.K.) - M. Barclay

Taxonomy of cave beetles with emphasis on Coleoptera Cholevinae

Museo di Storia Naturale di Verona (Verona, Italy) - L. Latella

Entomological research in protected areas
2 grants awarded by the Museo di Storia Naturale - given the great interest in this course DEST also awarded 2 grants

Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Firenze (Firenze, Italy) - L. Bartolozzi
Collection methods and identification of parasitic wasps, with special emphasis on Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Iasi, Romania) - M.-D. Mitroiu
Training programme in Entomology with specialization in fossil insects: phylogeny, biogeography, and palaeoecology Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris, France) - A. Nel
Fish osteology Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium) - W. Van Neer
Elasmobranch teeth enameloid microstructure as a taxonomic criterion Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark) - G. Cuny
Acoustic identification of bats Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Portici, Italy) - D. Russo
Cybertaxonomy and biodiversity information with special emphasis on geospatial related data (Novice or Advanced Training)  Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) - F. Theeten, G. Cael and other team members
Current Trends in Phylogenetics Wageningen University (Wageningen, Netherlands) - Biosystematics Group
Tropical field botany in Belize Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (U.K.) - L. Ronse De Craene
Tropical Plant Identification Course Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew, U.K.) - T. Utteridge, G. Bramley
Exploring the values of geological heritage in south Aegean archipelago Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece) - C. Fassoulas and C. Voreadou