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Zoological Nomenclature

Location: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid.
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2012-01-27    
End Date: 2012-01-29

Event Description:
The present course is being organized in the framework of the Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) and includes the following topics:

1) History of Zoological Nomenclature
* A review of the history of the scientific naming of animals since Carolus Linnaeus (s. XVIII) to our days is made. A special emphasis is made on the origins of the need of a Code to rule how animals should be named and which are the benefits of having a Code.

2) Principles of the Code. A general overview of its articles
* The limits of the application of the Code and its six basic Principles, ruling all further articles, are explained. Publication criteria and issues on availability of names, publication date and authorship are thoroughly reviewed.
* A review of validity of names, reversal of precedence, creation and properties of names in the three groups (family, genus and species), spellings, Principle of Coordination, homonymy, and typification in the family and genus groups will be given.
* The study of the typification in the species group, a survey of the Commission, its constituent members, duties and powers, and an approach to the future of the Code and the challenge posed by the need to get a quick knowledge of our biodiversity will be dealt with.

3) Basic knowledge of Latin and Greek for nomenclatural use
* All that any zoologist should know about Latin and Greek not to make mistakes, in a nutshell.

4) Recommendations for a correct nomenclatural praxis
* Some explanations will show what to do and what not in nomenclature. The importance of a good documentation before naming animals is reinforced.

5) A real example of Code application and correct praxis
* The trainees may bring their own nomenclatural problems and solve them under the guidance of the professor, applying what they have learned. The solutions will be discussed jointly.

Date: 27-29 January 2012
- Friday from 16:00 to 20:00
- Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00
- Sunday from 8:00 to 14:00

Target Audience: MSc students, PhD students and early career researchers with a special interest in zoological taxonomy and systematics.

Deadline for registration: 31 October 2011.
Participants will be notified by 14 November 2011 whether accepted to the course.

Contact email:

Event programme:

Collaborators and organisers:
For more information please contact:
Isabella Van de Velde & Hendrik Gheerardyn
DEST Training -
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Training provider:
Dr. Miguel A. Alonso-Zarazaga, National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN), Madrid
Councilor, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Website url:

Registration form:

Registration fee: 200 Euro.

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

Day-care contact address:

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 22

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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