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Biological Nomenclature

Location: Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, Franc
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2011-10-17    
End Date: 2011-10-21

Event Description:
Taxonomists need a common language worldwide. This is provided by the international codes of nomenclature. Although several codes exist, according to the organisms at stake, they all follow a similar mode of allocation of names to taxa (through “types”) and of establishment of the valid name for a taxon (priority, usage). As biological nomenclature is rarely taught in academic formations, many taxonomists have difficulties mastering it. This training will provide an overview of the history and epistemology of biological nomenclature, and a discussion of the relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature. The zoological and botanical codes will be presented in detail, the other codes more briefly. The recent problems and projects of nomenclature, including alternative systems, will be discussed.

The present course is being organized in the framework of the Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) and will include:

Lecture topics:
• What is taxonomy? What is nomenclature? The relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature
• History and epistemology of the international codes of nomenclature
• The international code of zoological nomenclature
• The international code of botanical nomenclature
• The other international codes (bacteria, viruses, cultivated plants)
• The alternative nomenclatural systems

Seminar topics:
• Nomenclature of higher taxa in zoology
• The Phylocode and other phylogenetic nomenclatural systems
• Zoobank

Practical experiences will include: exercises in zoological and botanical nomenclature and transforming phylogenetic data into a taxonomy and a nomenclature.

Target Audience: MSc students, PhD students as well as for early career researchers.

Deadline for registration: 15 August 2011
Participants will be notified by 1 September 2011 whether accepted to the course.
Course will be canceled if minimum registration is not reached.

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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:
Prof. Alain Dubois, Department of Systematics & Evolution, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris

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Registration fee: 250 Euro. Participants are responsible for their o

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: 20

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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