ForBio/STIRS course: Microalgae – systematics and taxonomy

September 11-22 , 2017, Drøbak Marine Research Station, Norway

The course will present and overview of the microalgae – marine and freshwater, pelagic and benthic. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of ochrophytes (including diatoms), dinoflagellates, haptophytes, chlorophytes, cryptophytes, euglenophytes and cyanobacteria. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will be trained in various techniques for identification and sampling. The target group is PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff – with relevant background in biology. Registration will open soon, and be announced on the ForBio Facebook page. Contact: ForBio coordinator Aino Hosia, e-mail: or STIRS representative:

Position as Professor of Botany (Mycology), Graz, Austria

The Institute of Plant Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences is seeking to appoint a

Professor (f/m) of Botany (40 hours per week; permanent employment according to the Austrian Law on Salaried Employment (AngG); expected starting date October 1st 2018)

The professorship (according to § 98 UG) with the focus on mycology is assigned to the field of Systematic Botany and Geobotany. The research emphasis on questions relating to diversity and interactions of fungal organisms is desired. The holder of the position shall have an outstanding record of high profile publications and successful acquisition of third-party funds in plant scientific/mycological research in the field mentioned above. The research of the position holder shall support the research core area of the University in ”Environment and Global Change” as well as the research nucleus ”Evolution and Functional Biodiversity” of the Institute. Active participation in the strategic local cooperation NAWI Graz ist expected. In addition, we expect gender mainstreaming competence.

Please submit your applications stating the reference number BV/7/98 ex 2015/16 by June 7th 2017 at the latest. For information about the application procedures and other prerequisites, please visit

Post-doctoral researcher Lichens

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. The position is placed within professor Mats Wedin’s research group and is a part of the project “Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden” funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative. The research group has several additional projects funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and the Swedish Research Council, focussing on taxonomic and phylogenetic biodiversity questions in lichens and associated organisms.

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae together form a strongly supported clade within the major group of Ascomycota that form lichen symbioses with cyanobacteria (Peltigerales). Until very recently, the generic classification of the Collemataceae s. str. was based solely on one character, presence (Leptogium) or absence (Collema) of a cellular cortex. Collema and Leptogium were recently confirmed as highly non-monophyletic, and a new classification was suggested accepting ten mostly well supported groups as genera. There are a couple of generic delimitation problem remaining, but most of the problems in Sweden are species delimitation issues. The sister-group of Collemataceae is Placynthiaceae, a group of comparatively small saxicolous lichens, which is a poorly understood and understudied group. Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae include numerous species delimitation problems. The current species taxonomies in the Nordic countries are based on morphological investigations from the pre-molecular era. The present project aims at resolving species delimitations and remaining generic delimitation questions in these groups, in Sweden and neighbouring areas.


Candidates have a recent PhD in systematics/evolutionary biology or similar, with experience in lichenology and/or mycology. A demonstrated publication record and excellent English communication and writing skills are expected. Good knowledge in molecular lab work, phylogenetics and light microscopy are required, as is experience with independent field work. Knowledge with the groups under study is a strong advantage, as is experience in phylogenetic and coalescent-based species-delimitation studies. A valid driving licence is also an advantage. The successful candidate will mainly pursue own research, but is expected to participate also in other collaborations and undertake some administration (lab management duties) subject to discussion.

The preferred starting date is April 1st 2017, but can be discussed. The appointment is for two years.

For more information please contact professor Mats Wedin ( Union representative is Johannes Lundberg, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.

Mark your application, including a cover letter outlining relevant background, experience and motivation, your CV including a list of publications, contact information for two references, and copies of educational certificates, with dnr 2.3.1-777-2016, and send it as a single pdf document to (copy to or to the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007, SE 104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than January 28th, 2017.

Course at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on R in Biodiversity Analysis

Two-day course in biodiversity analysis “R in Biodiversity Analysis: rOpenSci for all” Tuesday-Wednesday January 24-25 2017.

While in recent years the availability to biodiversity information has increased dramatically, successively more researchers and analysts have employed R programming for presentation and analysis in ecology, evolutionary and conservation biology, and environmental management practice.

By a collaborative effort GBIF-Sweden, the Bioinformatics and Genetics unit at theSwedish Museum of Natural History, EU BON and Swedish LifeWatch now offer a two-day course in R programming introducing up-to-date tools for application and analysis within these fields of science and management.

By bringing together some of the world´s most prominent R developers we expect to be able to offer a wide-ranging introduction to the topic, to present possibilities for customized tools adaptation, and opportunities for individual practice.

Welcome to the course! Please find detailed information regarding the two-day programme and registration instructions at Additional information will be published successively at the same address. Remember to register no later than January 16.

Symposium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on Open Source Solutions in the Public Sector

– Government agencies are becoming increasingly dependent on sophisticated information technology in fulfilling their core missions. It has been recognized for a long time that open source systems offer many advantages that should be particularly appealing when considering public investment in information technology. Nevertheless, the adoption of open source systems in the public sector is surprisingly slow, and there are still few examples of government agencies engaged in open-source development projects.

– In this symposium, we want to share the experiences from a few of the open source systems that are used now in the public sector, and we want to highlight some open source development projects driven by government agencies in Sweden and abroad.

Speakers include
– Sanja Halling (Open Source and work with Open Data issues at the National Archivesexternal link, opens in new window)
– Jessica Andersson (Koha steering groupexternal link)
– Peter Krantz (National Library of Swedenexternal link)
– James Macklin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadaexternal link)
– Jo Judge (National Biodiversity Networkexternal link)
– Anna Otmalm (Swedish Environmental Protection Agencyexternal link)
– Dave Martin (CSIROexternal link)
– Scott Chamberlain, (rOpenSciexternal link)
– Markus Skyttner (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Discussion topics
– What long-term benefits do we see from increased public commitment to open source?
– What are the impediments to further progress?
– Why is progress in the adoption of open source systems in the public sector so slow in Sweden?
– How does the progress in Sweden compare to that in other countries

Monday January 23: Symposium starts at 09:00 (Registration from 08:30)

– Our invited speakers (from Sweden and abroad) present their experience from open source systems in the public sector.
– Group discussions on open source systems in the public sector.
– Panel discussion.
– Coffee/tea at breaks.

See the full programme at

– If you have any questions, please contact Anders Telenius at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics. E-mail:, Telephone: +46 (0)8 5195 5129

Scientific Project Coordinator

We are looking for a Scientific Project Coordinator for the newly established Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (GGBC) and our own research group.

GGBC has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry through various outreach activities. The Centre represents a long-term collaboration among the following institutions at the University of Gothenburg: the Department of Marine Sciences, the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, the Department of Geosciences, Herbarium GB, the Centre for Sea and Society, and the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology. Moreover, it comprises the following organisations: Department of Energy & Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Havets Hus, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Nordens Ark, The Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, and Universeum Science Centre.

Please spread the word to potentially suitable candidates. For more information please visit:

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