Entomological research in protected areas

Description of project
The aim is to teach students and young researchers how to organise and do field research on insects (mainly Coleoptera), how to set and identify the collected material and how to prepare a report on the results of the field study.

Sampling and lab work during the 2013 training. 

Duration of training
1 week (5 days, from Monday to Friday)

Training period
5-9 June 2017 (5 days)

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers.
The course will only take place if a minimum of 4 participants is reached.

Practical experiences
- Techniques (collection, preparation)
- Ecological sampling techniques (e.g. fresh water invertebrates)
- Management of the entomological collection in a Museum
- Identification of the main families of various Insect orders using keys
- Literature search, use of catalogues

Field experiences
- Entomological survey in the Maremma Natural Park (Tuscany coast) OR – in alternative – an entomological survey in an hilly site in central Tuscany

The Red Book of the Insects of Tuscany
An example: the entomological researches of the Museum in the Prato province
Alien species

Course language

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Luca Bartolozzi

Institution and training venue
Museo di Storia Naturale – Sezione di Zoologia – Università di Firenze
Zoology Section - Department of Entomology
“La Specola”, via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
€ 250 (EURO)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Grants from the Museo di Storia Naturale of Firenze and from the Distributed European School of Taxonomy
The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, is offering two grants of 450 EURO each to attend this course.
In addition, DEST is offering as well two grants of 450 EURO each to attend this course. 


Granting priority will be given to trainees living and studying/working in Low-income economies, Lower-middle-income economies or Upper-middle-income economies (following the classification of the World Bank, see list of eligible countries). 

If awarded, the participant will receive 200 EURO in cash as refund upon arrival, plus waive of the registration fee (250 EURO). Please write your motivation for applying for a grant within the 'grant request' space of the registration form. If a grant is requested, a recommendation letter should be sent by one referee (e.g. your supervisor) before the registration deadline of 1 March 2017  to dest-training@naturalsciences.be

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith