Moth Workshop Weekend , Malaysia – 11 to 13 Nov

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Learn how to observe, document and conserve moths! This workshop will introduce participants to the magical world of mothing in one of the world’s most exotic and easy to access tropical moth recording locations, in the heart of montane forest just 100km from Kuala Lumpur. Moths are a critical component of the food web and provide key ecosystem services for humans, as well as being the major component one of the megadiverse insect orders (Lepidoptera).

The workshop introduces moth ecology, how to observe, photograph and record moths, and will guide you through the major South-east Asian moth families. Field sessions (weather permitting) will allow participants to get hands on practical experience and give the opportunity to put skills to the test. Whilst no collecting of specimens is allowed during this workshop, there will be thought given to this issue.

Workshop Registration Cost: 500 MYR (payable in advance to ReallyWild Place).

Email for booking and payment. ONLY 15 places available


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17th Young Systematists’ Forum – 20 Nov 2015, London

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Friday, 20 November 2015, 9:30 am
Venue: Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London, UK

The annual Young Systematists’ Forum represents an exciting setting for Masters, PhD and young postdoctoral researchers to present their data, often for the first time, to a scientific audience interested in taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics. This well-established event provides an important opportunity for budding systematists to discuss their research in front of their peers within a supportive environment. Supervisors and other established systematists are also encouraged to attend.

Registration is FREE.
Send applications by e-mail to, supplying your name, academic or contact address, stage of your career (MSc student, PhD student, postdoc) and stating whether or not you wish to give an oral or poster presentation. Space will be allocated subject to availability and for a balanced programme of animal, plant, algal, microbial, molecular and other research. Non-presenting attendees are also very welcome – please register as above.

Again the YSF will be held the day after the Molluscan Forum also at the Natural History Museum. Separate registeration required for both meetings. There will also be a meeting on Natural History Collections and Climate Change Research on the 17th (details to be announced shortly). Come for a full week.

Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail in English no later than Friday 23 October 2015. The body text should not exceed 150 words in length. If the presentation is co-authored, the actual speaker (oral) or presenter (poster) must be clearly indicated in BOLD text.

All registered attendants will receive further information about the meeting, including abstracts, by e-mail one week in advance. This information will also be displayed on the Systematics Association website.

DEST Basics of Taxonomy Course – 5 to 16 Oct 2015, Sweden

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This course by the Distributed European School of Taxonomy will be held at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden

Taught by renowned experts in their field, the course topics are:
– Digital drawing
– Scientific illustration
– Scientific writing and communication
– Scratchpads, a tool to build, publish and share information on the web

Target audience: MSc students, PhD students, early career researchers
Course credits: 5 ECTS

Thanks to funding of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, this 2-weeks course is offered at a discounted rate of 550 EUR. The fee includes accommodation and meals.

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Taxonomy Training programs from DEST, Europe

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The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) just launched it’s new website in October, and you can check out their training programs for the next year:
Modern Taxonomy, with courses such as Phylogenetic systematics, Quantitative cladistics and Geometric morphometrics in R:

Experts in Training courses e.g. Tropical field botany in BelizeEntomological research in protected areas and Training programme in Crustacean systematics with specialisation in Cyclopidae (Copepoda):