Om Per Alström

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

European Journal of Taxonomy

Vi vil gerne reklamere for tidsskriftet European Journal of Taxonomy (, som Statens Naturhistoriske Museum udgiver i samarbejde med fem andre europæiske museer.

EJT er et rent elektronisk tidsskrift, som optager artikler om dyr, planter, og svampes taxonomi, også fossiler er dækket. Indholdet spænder fra beskrivelser af nye arter til store oversigter over forskellige grupper – indtil videre er mere end 400 nye arter beskrevet i EJT, herunder 20 nye arter som beskrives i nr. 100, som er forfattet af professor Henrik Enghoff. EJT udmærker sig ved at være et såkaldt ”diamant-niveau” Open Access tidsskrift. Dvs. at forfattere ikke betaler for at publicere i tidsskriftet, og læsere betaler ikke for at læse. Tidsskriftet finansieres fuldt og helt af de udgivende museer til glæde for det internationale forskersamfund.

Her ses den nyhed, som jeg har sat på DanBIF-portalen samt portalen for EU BON-projektet:

European Journal of Taxonomy #100

The European Journal of Taxonomy is a peer-reviewed international journal in descriptive taxonomy, covering the eukaryotic world. The content range from descriptions of new species to large inventories of different groups – so far more than 400 new species are described in EJT. Its content is fully electronic and Open Access. It is published and funded by a consortium of European natural history institutions. Neither authors nor readers have to pay fees.

The 100th issue of EJT, which was published 24 October 2014, comprises a beautifully illustrated monograph on African millipedes, adding 20 new species to our list of new taxa. Author is Professor Henrik Enghoff from The Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen.

No 100 (2014): A mountain of millipedes I: An endemic species-group of the genus Chaleponcus Attems, 1914, from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Odontopygidae). Henrik Enghoff.

EJT normally is an e-only journal, but on this occasion the editorial team has decided to print a limited number of hard copies, to be distributed amongst the Natural History Institutions around the world.

Två tjänster vid ArtDatabanken

Lediga tjänster

Vill du jobba på Artdatabanken? Just nu söker vi en kommunikationschef samt en expert med inriktning mot fåglar och andra ryggradsdjur.

Artdatabanken är en viktig aktör inom svensk naturvård och ett kunskapscentrum för information om biologisk mångfald. Nu behöver vi förstärka vår organisation med två nya medarbetare: En kommunikationschef, samt en expert med samordningsansvar för fåglar och andra ryggradsdjur.

Sista ansökningsdag är 13 oktober (kommunikationschef) respektive 20 oktober (expert ryggradsdjur).

Annons kommunikationschef:

Annons expert ryggradsdjur:

SYNTHESYS application deadline approaching

SYNTHESYS is back – funding available for short research visits

Call 2 Deadline Reminder: 16th October, 2014 (17:00 UK time).

The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the second call for applications of the SYNTHESYS3 project under the current European Commission’s FPVII European-funded IntegratingActivities funding scheme.

SYNTHESYS Access funding is available to provide scientists (Users) based in European Member, Associate and Candidate States to undertake short visits to utilise the infrastructure (comprising the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities) at one of the 18 partner institutions (see full list below) for the purposes of their research.  This is the second of four annual calls for applications during the project’s four-year duration.

Access Call 2 is now open with a deadline of17:00 (UK time) Thursday 16th October, 2014 and awarded visits must take place within 2015 (calendar year).


Taxonomic Access Facilities (TAFs)

The 18 partner institutions are organised into 11 national TAFs. TAF Users will be hosted by a TAF staff member (Host).

The 11 TAFs represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:

    • Collections amounting to over 324 million natural history specimens, including 3.3 million type specimens
    • Internationally renowned taxonomic and systematic skill base
    • Facilities including: molecular and imaging & chemical analysis,
    • **NEW**: Senckenberg Natural History Museum and State Natural History Museum Stuttgart are now offering Access under DE-TAF

Proposals for funding are welcomed from high-calibre scientists in any technical discipline seeking access for short-term research visits (average duration 15 days).  SYNTHESYS is able to meet the Users’ costs for:

    • Research costs (bench fees and laboratory consumables)
    • International travel & local accommodation while based at the TAF
    • A per diem contribution towards living costs for more information or


AT-TAF   Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien;

BE-TAF   Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences;
Royal Museum of Central Africa;

CZ-TAF   Národní Muzeum, Praha;

DE-TAF   Museum für Naturkunde;
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum;

  Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt, Dresden, Görlitz and Müncheberg**NEW**

  Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart **NEW**

ES-TAF   Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales &
Real Jardín Botánico Naturales (CSIC);

DK-TAF   The Natural History Museum of Denmark;

FR-TAF   Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle;

GB-TAF   Natural History Museum, London;
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew;
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh;

HU-TAF   Hungarian Natural History Museum;

NL-TAF   Naturalis Biodiversity Center;

SE-TAF   Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet.


The SYNTHESYS TAFs are inviting Access applications from scientists based in the Member States of the EU:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, La Réunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Plus the Associated Countries of the EU:

Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Republic of Moldova Republic of Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.