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Basics of taxonomy: describing, illustrating and writing biodiversity



Location: Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Kristineber
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2012-04-16    
End Date: 2012-04-27

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

DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy):
The intention of this DELTA-course is to allow young taxonomists to learn the basics of DELTA and to introduce them to the large potentials of the program, which will allow them to build larger or smaller databases for various organism groups. The participants will work with their material during the course to build a database by code, score and illustrate their organism group. They will build interactive illustrated keys, making dichotomous keys for printing and generate natural language species descriptions. Also how to produce NEXUS files for use in phylogenetical programs.

Digital drawing:
The digital drawing method for scientific illustrations using Adobe Illustrator has become a standard method for taxonomic descriptions in many labs. The great advantages of this method lie in increased speed and the possibility to create such smooth lines that would not be possible using traditional free-hand ink drawing.

Scientific illustration:
The course aims at to understand human perception of illustrations; to be informed about a variety of methods of illustration; and learn how to be a "do-it-yourself-illustrator" based on a limited of methods. Beside illustrations of biological specimens, aspects on diagrams, tables, typography and posters will be included. Some of the methods will only be demonstrated and others will be practiced.

Scientific writing and communication:
Course designed to introduce participants to the details of writing scientific publications. The main emphasis is on the most common form, the "primary scientific paper". The course will explain the current structure of scientific literature, the main features of the scientific information 'industry', and the particular rules, and customs the international scientific community follows when publishing.


Date: 16 - 27 April 2012 (to be confirmed)
Target Audience: MSc students, PhD students as well as for early career researchers
Website url and registration form: http://www.taxonomytraining.eu/content/basics-taxonomy-describing-illustrating-and-writing-biodiversity-1

Deadline for registration: 15 January 2012.
Participants will receive notification by 1 February 2012 whether accepted to the course.




Contact email: dest-training@naturalsciences.be

Event programme:


Collaborators and organisers:
For more information please contact:
Isabella Van de Velde & Hendrik Gheerardyn
dest-training@naturalsciences.be
DEST Training - www.taxonomytraining.eu
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Training providers:
DELTA: Dr Matz Berggren, Institution of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, Sweden & Dr Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
Digital drawing: Dr Charles Oliver Coleman, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
Scientific illustration: Prof. Tomas Cedhagen, Department of Marine Ecology, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Scientific writing and communication: Dr Gabor Lövei, Department of Plant Protection, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Slagelse, Denmark

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Registration fee: 850 Euro

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

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MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 15

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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