Interested in training delivery?

To those interested to participate in training delivery:

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy was originally established within the framework of the EU funded EDIT project, which ended 1 March 2011. However, the DEST was evaluated as being a successful EDIT product and DEST training continues with the support of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. As DEST does not strictly follow the academic year, training courses within the Expert-in-training and Modern Taxonomy programmes are being announced and organized throughout 2013 and 2014. Both programmes are open to students from Europe and outside of Europe.

The main objective of the Expert-in-training programme is to give the opportunity to young graduate students and early career researchers to acquire and strengthen research skills through on-the-job training in a particular taxonomic discipline. The trainee will join a project team for a period between one and four weeks and will be coached by an expert (mentor) who will instruct him/her on ‘how to do the job’. The training will be supported by lectures given by the mentor to the trainee.
The Modern Taxonomy programme provides theoretical courses for students, technicians and early career researchers involved in the field of taxonomy. The courses target the basics of taxonomy with topics such as: nomenclature, identification tools and methods, describing species, phylogeny and evolutionary biology, data analysis and management, collection conservation, etc.
Other objectives of both programmes are to encourage mobility, to establish new contacts with other researchers in own and related fields and to contribute to building capacities at the participant’s institution.

If you are interested to participate in training delivery, please fill in the templates (with information on title of training course, duration, …) for a course within Expert-in-training or within Modern Taxonomy, and mail it to
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

With best regards,
Dr Hendrik Gheerardyn
Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences