Welcome to DEST
DEST has been established by prominent taxonomists and other international partners during the EU funded project European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (2006 – 2011). Since March 2011, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences committed to sustain the continued management of DEST, organization of courses and related logistics.
The major aim of DEST is to transfer knowledge between current and future generations of taxonomists by providing high quality education and prepare students for future taxonomic careers. Other objectives of the programme are to encourage mobility, to promote integration by establishing new contacts with other researchers, and to contribute to capacity building in the trainee’s institution. Since its founding, DEST provided training to over 600 students from all over the world.
Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels