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EDIT Summer School 2008 ‘Modern Taxonomy and Field Work’

By: Kim Jacobsen

The EDIT Summer School 2008 is an initiative of the European Network of Excellence EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy). It aims to train students in “Best Practice” of field sampling and various aspects of taxonomic research in biodiversity studies and conservation biology. The EDIT Summer School 2008 will provide practical taxonomic experience combined with theory lectures leading to an in-depth understanding of the current state of taxonomic research and its broad applicability in other scientific disciplines and non-scientific initiatives.

The EDIT Summer School 2008 is intended for students who have recently finished their MSc level or who are in an early stage of their PhD research in a biological discipline. The application period for students was closed on the 1st of June. From a larger pool of applicants, 20 students from 12 European Universities and Institutes were selected to receive a grant to attend the first EDIT Summer School for ‘Modern Taxonomy and Field Work’. Twenty professional taxonomists from across Europe will teach topics such as biodiversity, history of taxonomy, field sampling methodologies, an introduction to (molecular) taxonomy and cybertaxonomy.

The Summer School will be held in the late summer of 2008 (31/08-14/09), jointly with the ongoing “All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring (ATBI+M)” in the French/Italian Alpine nature reserves of Mercantour and Alpi Marittime. ATBI+M activities are part of a global research effort to document spatio-temporal dynamics in biodiversity of conservation priority areas. More information can be found at http://www.atbi.eu/summerschool

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