DEST courses take place at various institutions across Europe that can offer high-quality education thanks to experienced staff, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art facilities. This is the perfect foundation to strengthen trainees’ knowledge, skills, and capacities. The “distributed” courses encourage trainees’ mobility, improve scientific and cultural exchange, and provide the enriching experience of working with experts and exchanging ideas with other trainees.
DEST has 3 types of programmes:
Modern taxonomy programme
The modern taxonomy theoretical course programme provides future professionals with a solid basic understanding on which to develop taxonomic expertise. These intensive theoretical courses for students, technicians and early career researchers target the basics of taxonomy, with topics such as nomenclature, identification tools and methods, biodiversity description, phylogeny and evolutionary biology, data analysis and management. The training period usually lasts between one and two weeks, and courses are attended by 10-20 trainees.
DEST offers this possibility for a more personal training on the spot. The main objective of the Expert-in-training programme is to give the opportunity to young graduate students and early career researchers to acquire and strengthen research skills through on-the-job training in a particular, specialized taxonomic or collection based fields of research. The trainee will join a project team for a period between one and four weeks and will be coached by an expert (mentor) who will instruct him/her on ‘how to do the job’. The training is supported by oral instructions and back ground information given by the mentor to the trainee. Training is provided in small groups or on an individual basis. Training period is usually defined by mutual agreement between mentor and trainee(s).
Collection management programme
For the management (preservation, cataloguing, digitisation, etc.) of biological and geological collections. Courses are addressed to small groups of 10-15 students and their duration could be from some days to one or two weeks, at a pre-defined date.