Om Per Alström

Invitation to the Annual General Meeting of the Swedish Systematics Association

Thursday 3 December 2020, 19:00 via zoom:

Just click on the zoom link above, and you’ll be automatically connected whether you have zoom installed on your computer/phone or not. 

The agenda has been published in Swedish just above this post. Please contact chairman per.alstrom[at] if you need an English translation.

Kallelse till Årsmöte för Svenska systematikföreningen

Torsdag 3 december 2020 kl. 19:00 via zoom

Klicka bara på zoomlänken strax före utsatt tid, så skall du anslutas till mötet oavsett om du har zoom installerat på datorn eller inte.


Mötet öppnas

Val av mötesordförande, mötessekreterare och två justeringspersoner

Fråga om mötet blivit i behörig ordning utlyst

Styrelsens årsberättelse inklusive ekonomisk berättelse


Fråga om ansvarsfrihet för styrelsen för föregående års förvaltning

Val av ordförande för föreningen

Val av övriga styrelseledamöter

Val av en revisor och en revisorssuppleant

Val av valberedning på tre personer

Fastställande av eventuell årsavgift

Ärenden som styrelsen förelägger årsmötet

Övriga frågor som med motivering inkommit till styrelsen senast fyra veckor innan årsmötet

Mötet avslutas

 Väl mött!


Systematikdagarna 2020 inställda

Hej alla medlemmar i Svenska systematikföreningen.

Styrelsen har beslutat att systematikdagarna i höst tyvärr måste ställas in p.g.a. pandemin. Vi planerar att hålla mötet i Uppsala hösten 2021.

Årsmötet kommer att hållas via zoom i november. Jag återkommer med information om detta senare under hösten.

Ha en fin höst och undvik att smittas och att smitta andra.


Per Alström


Madrid Workshop on Statistical Phylogenetics

We are organizing the 3rd Edition of MADPHYLO: Madrid Workshop on Statistical Phylogenetics, at the Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain)from 10th to 20th March 2020.
The aim of the workshop is to learn the latest technical and theoretical advances on Bayesian macroevolutionary modeling and phylogenetics, and get full training in the open software RevBayes, an R-like interactive environment based on graphical model concepts for the modeling of complex evolutionary hypotheses. The instructors are the developers of the software (John Huelsenbeck, Brian Moore, Sebastian Höehna, Michael May…), so lessons and hands-on sessions will be tightly linked. 
Last year edition was a success and this year it will run hand in hand with the RevBayes “hackaton”in Madrid, a biannual event funded by NSF which gathers programmers and developers to add new functions to the software. This will provide ample opportunities for applicants to interact with the programmers and set up ideas for new models. 
There are still vacant sites available! Deadline for registration is 15th February. Registration fee is 400 €, this includes coffee breaks and light lunch with catering, but not accommodation. Once accepted, payment should be done before 6th March 2020.
More information and registration on the website 
Thank you for your help in spreading this!
Best wishes,
Isabel Sanmartin
Dr. Isabel Sanmartin, PhD 
Department of Plant Biodiversity and Conservation
Vicedirector of Communication and Educational Outreach
Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC
Plaza de Murillo 2
28014 Madrid, SPAIN
0034-(91)-4203017 (Ext. 116) 
Google Scholar webpage
Personal webpage

Scientific Advisor Spanish State Research Agency

If you work in an EU country or a country associated with the EU Framework Programmes and want to do research in a major European Taxonomic Facility, visit

Darwin Day

Darwin Day is back at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm! The format will essentially be the same as the previous two years (more details below).
When is it?    Saturday 29th Feburary and Sunday 1st March 2020 (both days or one day)
Where is it?   Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm (train tickets will be arranged)
What is it?     Interactive stations at the museum with fun science activities for kids 
Would be great if some of us could participate!

Thoughts from the new chairman

Hi all systematists,

As newly elected chairman of the Swedish Systematics Association (svenska systematikföreningen), I’d like to share a few thoughts with you.

Systematikdagarna in Lund

MANY THANKS to Niklas Wahlberg, Jadranka Rota, Bente Eriksen, Nicolas Chazot, Leidys Murillo and Pavel Matos  for the excellent arrangements!

MANY THANKS also to all the speakers and poster presenters for your fascinating, professional presentations!

And MANY THANKS to all of you who attended Systematikdagarna without presenting anything (except yourselves!) for your good company! I wish I had had a chance to talk to many more of you. Hopefully next time…

I’m looking forward to next year’s event In Göteborg!

Old and new boards of the Swedish Systematics Association

MANY THANKS to those who served on the board since Nov 2017: Ulf Jondelius (chairman), Svante Martinsson (vice chairman), Mats Wedin (secretary), Emma Wahlberg (treasurer) and Anja Rautenberg (adjunct, webmaster). (I was also a member.)

The new board, elected at Systematikdagarna in Lund, consists of Niklas Wahlberg (vice chairman), Mats Wedin (secretary), Emma Wahlberg (treasurer), Ellen Sandström and the undersigned (chairman). Anja Rautenberg accepted the board’s request to be an adjunct member, acting as webmaster.

Membership issues

Welcome as a member! Annual membership is 200 SEK for ordinary members and free for pre-PhD students (see below). Please pay to Plusgiro 50 86 22-8 or Bankgiro 400-5971. Remember to give your name and what year the membership concerns when you pay. Please also register on the webpage:, if you haven’t already done that (under “Registrera” on the Home page).

Students who wish to become members should also register on the web page and also inform the treasurer, Emma Wahlberg (

The web page is currently only available in Swedish. Is there any need for an English version? Anything that you think would be useful to add to our web page? Is it at all useful?

Remember that there is a message function on the web page, where you can send messages to everybody who has registered. You need to be logged-in in to send messages. After logging in, click on “+ Skapa” in the black bar above the association’s logo, and choose “Inlägg”. The rest is hopefully rather straightforward even if you can’t read Swedish. When done, click on the blue button ”Publicera” to the right.

The board would be most grateful for suggestions on other things you think we could improve.

And last, but not least, I wish you all a joyful Christmas and New Year holiday, and a new year full of wonderful species!

Per Alström or
070-454 6965