Baltic macrophytes – systematics, sampling, species identification. STI and ForBio course – First announcement

Time and place: 2020 September 6-12, Askö laboratory – Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, Sweden


Course aims: The course will present and provide an overview of the macrophytes in the Baltic sea. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of different macrophyte groups, such as macroalgae, phanerogams and also couple of bryophytes. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will learn 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.

Learning targets:

  • General understanding of systematics and taxonomy of macrophytes
  • Techniques for collecting macrophytes
  • Techniques for species identification

Maximum number of participants: 20, in case of more applicants, participants will be selected based on the scientific, educational and/or professional merit of the course, with priority given ForBio members and students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI).

Target group: PhD students, master students, postdocs, researchers, consultants, government officials, museum staff with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Assignment and credits: The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS.

Registration: Registration will open soon.

Contact: STI representative Maria Backlund ( or ForBio coordinator Hugo de Boer (

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!

Dags att betala medlemsavgiften!

Nu är det hög tid att betala medlemsavgiften för 2019/2020, ett ypperligt tillfälle att även anmäla sig till Systematikdagarna.

Om du inte har betalat din medlemsavgift så gallras du ur medlemsregistret efter 2 år, och missar således utskick och annan information.

För att båda anmäla dig och betala medlemsavgiften, så besöker du sidan för registrering till Systematikdagarna. Läs mer här:

Registration for Systematikdagarna 2019

Mer information om medlemsavgift och betalning utan att anmäla dig till Systematikdagarna, läs mer här:

Medlem och betalning

Now is the time to pay the members fee for 2019/2020, a perfect time for also registering for Systematikdagarna.

If you have not payed your members fee you will be removed of your membership after 2 years, and will miss the mailing list and other information.

To both register for Systematikdagarna and pay your members fee, visit the page for registration to Systematikdagarna, read more here:

Registration for Systematikdagarna 2019

For information regarding the members fee and how to pay without registering for Systematikdagarna, read more here:

Medlem och betalning

Registration open for Systematikdagarna

Welcome to Systematikdagarna, 18-19 November in Gothenburg! More information and registration now available:

Please, also consider becoming a Systematikföreningen member, and paying the fee (200 SEK). You can pay the membership fee when you pay the conference fee, or separately.

See you in Göteborg!

Positions in biodiversity, zoo systematics and ecology (Gothenburg)

Senior lectureships at the university of Gothenburg, and with connections to the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre:


Systematic zoology: