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.


  • Happening this week: TDWG2020 Annual Conference!

    19th Oct, 2020 to 23rd Oct, 2020
    Event type 
    Symposium - Seminar


    Standards that describe and support the exchange of biodiversity information are a critical scientific infrastructure. They enable data to be integrated in support of research, as well as decision-making and conservation planning. Ultimately, standards extend the usability of data across taxa, scientific disciplines, and administrative boundaries. Our annual Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conferences serve two purposes: 

    • to provide a forum for developing, refining, and extending standards in response to new challenges and opportunities;
    • to provide a showcase for biodiversity informatics – much of which relies on the standards created by TDWG and other organizations.

    TDWG 2020 is a virtual conference — a collection of online working sessions, webinar-style symposia, presentations, panel discussions, and recorded presentations. Working sessions took place during the week of September 21-25, and the virtual conference opened today and will close on October 23rd.

    This week, we envision a mixture of three to four 90-minute or 2 h sessions each day, separated by at least a 30 minutes break. Although we hope to avoid concurrent sessions, the time zones differences across our global community will guarantee that some of the audience for any session will be participating outside normal working hours.

    Tonight, Monday 19 October 17:00 and 22:00 UTC, don’t miss the keynotes! (Dr. Scott Edwards, Curator of Ornithology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Dr. Ken-ichi Ueda, Co-founder iNaturalist).

    We hope you will join us in this experiment to reimagine our in-person meetings in a virtual environment.

    More information about TDWG 2020 here , we invite you to register to join us! You can access the event schedule here.