The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) provides two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The programme is open to participants from Europe and from outside of Europe.
- The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding.
- The Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014 enables graduate students and early career researchers to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.
Within the latter programme, several courses have an entomological subject and might be of particular interest to you (registration deadline is 31 January 2014):
- Taxonomy of European biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)
- Methods and principles of systematic zoology (sensu lato: including zoogeography and phylogenetics) and systematics of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera)
- On the job training in family level identification of a hyperdiverse insect group: The Beetles (Coleoptera)
- Taxonomy of cave beetles with emphasis on Coleoptera Cholevinae
- Entomological research in protected areas
- Collecting methods and identification of parasitic wasps, with special emphasis on Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)
- Training programme in Entomology with specialization in fossil insects: phylogeny, biogeography, and palaeoecology
New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or have a look here.
PhD students within the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative, the Israel Taxonomy Initiative and the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) might receive support to attend DEST-courses. For details, please contact STI, ITI or ForBio.
With best regards,
Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Dr Hendrik Gheerardyn
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussel, Belgium
Tel: 32 2 627 43 34 (336)