The Distributed European School of Taxonomy is offering a five day training course on BIOLOGICAL NOMENCLATURE at the MNHN in Paris. 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. Recent problems and projects of nomenclature, including alternative systems, will be discussed. The training will combine lectures with practical exercises on zoological and botanical nomenclature and on transforming phylogenetic data into a taxonomy and a nomenclature.


Deadline for registration is approaching: 1 March 2012

Course dates: 28 May – 1 June 2012

Course venue: Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France 

Tutor: Prof. Alain Dubois

Target audience: MSc students, PhD students, early career researchers; from Europe as well as outside of Europe

Detailed information and registration at:


Furthermore, several new training courses within the Expert-in-training programme are open for registration:

Training courses within this programme last between one and four weeks, and aim at enhancing practical research skills (morphological and molecular techniques, bio-informatics, etc.) through on-the-job-training. The programme includes a wide variety of subjects, from insects and lizards up to primates.

Have a look now as registration deadlines are getting near.


New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at or have a look at:


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Hendrik Gheerardyn

Isabella Van de Velde

DEST Training


Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussel

Tel. 32 2 627 43 34 (336)

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