CETAF Events

CETAF, its Members and the worldwide taxonomic community are active players who organise many events of international relevance, in very wide variety of platforms and formats, including from conferences and lectures, seminars, workshops and training courses.

In addition, and complementing the range of events geared towards specialist scientists and policy makers, natural science, exhibitions of natural history and botany are keystone events that help disseminate science and knowledge of nature among the general public. In fact, exhibitions underline the necessity for the global society to commit and engage with science .

The Events presented here are classified into three different categories:

1. Exhibitions, which focus on current relevant issues, that are of interest and aim to motivate the general audience to get increasingly involved with the scientific process, and act upon its discoveries.

2. Trainings, that comprise all actions under which capacity and expertise are built, including seminars and workshops, among others.

3. Conferences, a generic identifier for all types of public sessions and meetings, on a certain subject, either accessible to an open audience, or restricted to a certain number of registered participants.

A fourth category of events, the General Assembly of CETAF, takes place twice per year and is exclusively restricted to CETAF Members and their staff.

The events below highlight the importance of our scientific work and its connection and synergies with other related fields. Please find below the event of your interest, in chronological order, within the field of taxonomy, systematic biology, and related disciplines.


  • CETAF-DiSSCo COVID-19 Task Force Public event - 17 July 2020, at 14h00 (CEST time)

    17th Jul, 2020
    Event type 

    After three months of intense and collaborative work, the CETAF-DiSSCo Task Force is ready to present the current outcomes of the dedicated groups of volunteers. The Task Force is composed by over 60 participants that have been gathering every Friday since April 3rd, to share their expertise and knowledge built on top of Natural Science Collections, and address 4 areas: 1) animal virus carriers; 2) construction of a knowledge base relevant for pandemics ; 3) preservation of viral evidence; and 4) metadata registering practices. 

    We are happy to invite you to this public event that, due to the current circumstances, will be held online. Coming from all over the world, these experts will share the results of their collective activities that jointly aimed to identify how our community could better contribute to prevent pandemic outbreaks by sharing their respective scientific knowledge. 

    The event will be introduced by Dr Pamela Soltis (curator of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. and Director for Research Activities for iDigBio) that will give us the context and challenges of such initiative. This will be followed by presentations by the 4 Activity leaders who will share their work. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to engage with the COVID-19 Task Force volunteers and all the rest of participants.

    We look forward to welcome you onboard on Friday July 17th at 14:00 pm CEST on zoom

    Stay tuned,  follow our social media channels and participate(for those who cannot attend, the event will be recorded and accessible on CETAF and DiSSCo youtube channels).

    Looking forward to welcome you all,

    CETAF-DISSCO COVID-19 Task Force

    CETAF Facebook Page

    CETAF youtube channel

    CETAF Twitter

  • International Congress of Entomology

    19th Jul, 2020 to 24th Jul, 2020
    Event type 


    The International Congress of Entomology returns to Europe in 2020, for the first time in 24 years! The Finnish capital Helsinki is proud to host the ICE2020 – the ICE congress with latitude! The venue is the world-famous Finlandia Hall, situated in a beautiful park right in the heart of Helsinki.

    ICE2020Helsinki collaborates with the “International Year of Plant Health 2020”

    See the link: https://www.ippc.int/en/iyph/

    See the promotional video»

    Plenary speakers for ICE2020 Helsinki have been selected. We are excited to announce the following plenary speakers:
    Gene E. Robinson, Segenet Kelemu, Alexey Polilov, Louise E.M. Vet, Janet Hemingway and Jianghua Sun!
    Please click here for details.

    Registration is now open.



    Finlandia Hall
    Mannerheimintie 13e
  • Biodiversity Summit 2020 - postponed

    20th Sep, 2020 to 25th Sep, 2020
    Event type 

    Recognizing that the effects of the current health and travel restrictions will linger—and that peaks are likely to occur at different times around the world—we have decided to postpone the event previously planned for Alexandria, Virginia, from 20-25 September 2020 until next year. Dates and details for the 2021 event will follow shortly.

    Join GBIF, iDigBio, The National Museum of Natural History and TDWG for Biodiversity Summit 2020. Planning is currently underway. A brief agenda of the week's events can be found below.

    Conference location: The Westin Alexandria Old Town Alexandria, Virginia‎
    Booking information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted rate of $159 USD per night. Book early to take advantage, space is limited. Offer expires August 21, 2020.

    The Westin Alexandria Old Town
    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA
    United States