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Exploring & Documenting Diversity in Nature

CETAF Executive Committee and General Secretary celebrating the CETAF 20th Anniversary at the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid on 20th October 2016. From left to right: Jesús Muñoz (Secretary), Jiři Kvaček, Michelle Price (Chair), Nikolaj Scharff, Ana Casino (General Secretary), Vince Smith, Erik Smets (Treasurer). In the absence of Thierry Bourgoin (Vice-Chair) - see photo on the right - who was on a research expedition in China. 
In a collaborative effort, the directors of the CETAF member institutions have come together to sign an Executive Summary of the CETAF Strategy and Strategic Development Plan 2015 – 2025. By doing so, they highlight their support to continuing collaboration within CETAF and common endeavours in the years to come.  READ MORE

From type and number of collections to laboratories, staff and research areas, any researcher and interested individual will be able to access up-to-date information contained in an extensive database of the facilities and resources that CETAF members hold. Discover in the search engine what the museums and botanic gardens of CETAF are contributing to scientific development. READ MORE
Michelle Price talking to the audience, with Carl Linnaeus as convener (played by Hans Odöö).


The community of CETAF formed by 60 collections-based research institutions from 21 different European countries celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2016 with an event where high-profile representatives from a variety of domains discussed their different approaches to the relevance and invaluebleness of natural science collections. After an opening statement by Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Foundation's representative in Spain, the Spanish Secretary of State of Science and Technology, the CETAF Chair and the CEOs of companies and institutes from New York, Paris, Copenhagen, Madrid and La Coruña, sat together in an interactive colloquium on what collections could bring to science and society. Subsequently, the guests were treated to some nature-inspired food creations. READ MORE
Carl Linnaeus played by Hans Odöö
Convener Carl Linnaeus - played by Hans Odöö          
Palaeoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga discussing the need of collections for the future
CEO of CARTO, Javier de la Torre, talking about biodiversity data in connection to georeferencing
2-star Michelin chef, Mario Sandoval, preparing his food creations, inspired by natural history
DiSSCo initiative in pipeline to embark on the ESFRI Roadmap 2018 
From left to right: Ana Casino, Wouter Addink, John Wood, Vince Smith, Wouter Los, Dimitris Koureas, Christoph Häuser, Jiři Frank.

The ICRI 2016 Conference in Cape Town has proved to be the ideal framework for the DiSSCo team to formally present a joint initiative to high-profile representatives, which includes the ESFRI Chair, Giorgio Rossi, and many of the national ESFRI delegates that attended the event. READ MORE

Memorandum of Understanding signed with BGCI

On October 18, CETAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) during the CETAF 40 General Meeting held in Madrid, Spain. Signing the MoU for BGCI, along with Michelle Price (CETAF Chair), is Suzanne Sharrock, who is the BGCI Director of Global Programmes.

By signing the MoU, both associations strengthen their ties in the common endeavour of preserving nature and improving the natural sciences research data whilst making their use easier and accessible for the benefit of society. READ MORE
The CETAF Community is continuously growing and in 2016, 3 new members have joined us.

The Faculty of Sciences of Charles University of Prague, and the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences have joined forces with the National Narodni Museum and formed a Czech Consortium that will represent the research performing institutions more widely in the country. READ MORE


The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (SMNH), Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies makes number 60 of the CETAF membership from the 21st country being represented in the CETAF Community. SMNH is a new undertaking to cover the vast range of institutions that preserve, curate and enhance natural science collections and thus contribute to both geo and biodiversity preservation. READ MORE

Launching BIOTALENT: 
Creating Talent in Biodiversity

CETAF is now working together to establish the new BIOTALENT project in close collaboration with 4 other institutions from Belgium, Hungary, Portugal and Greece (Crete). Subtitled as 'Talent in biodiversity. Innovative education and new skills to increase engagement in science', it is part of the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 to promote 'Strategic Partnerships' that enhance cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices. The implementation of the programme will run for three years under the leadership of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). READ MORE 
Partnering up for distributed open access to Belgian collections

CETAF is proud to announce that on December 8th 2016, the project proposal “” for Belgian natural science collections was greenlighted for funding by BRAIN-be, the Belgian Research Action Through Interdisciplinary Networks of the Federal Science Policy Office. READ MORE


CETAF has become an associated partner to ENVRIplus, the cluster of European environmental and earth system research infrastructures, and a board member of its advisory panel, the Board of European Environmental Research Infrastructures (BEERi). With this move, CETAF and its members are being recognized as key partners of the environmental research infrastructures and will be able to raise further awareness to the fact that the data provided by CETAF members is a key building block for other environmental research infrastructures and beyond. READ MORE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS >> FEBRUARY: Sharing Biodiversity data for re-use: Informatic tools and processes in Ecology (Lund, Sweden) | BioGenomics2017 - Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference (Washington, DC, USA) | MARCH: EU BON Final Meeting (Brussels/Meise, Belgium) | Open Science Conference 2017 (Berlin, Germany) | APRIL: Evolving Ideas: Provocative New Ways of Working with Collections (Cambridge, United Kingdom) | AUGUST: Third meeting of BioSyst.EU (Gothenburg, Sweden) | NOVEMBER: 7th International Barcode of Life Conference (Kruger National Park, South Africa) | [SEE MORE]

Exploring & Documenting Diversity in Nature


December 2016
CETAF Newsletter December 2016 #005


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