Expert-in-training programme

DEST provides a limited number of short-term training courses for graduate students and early career researchers working in the field of taxonomy. The programme is open to participants from both inside and outside of Europe. The main objectives of the training are:

  • to provide to trainees the experience of working at a European university/research institute;
  • to provide the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies in the field of taxonomy;
  • to enable such trainees to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.

The programme includes a wide variety of topics and covers groups from diatoms and copepods up to bats. Training courses will take place at research institutions, universities and natural history museums all across Europe.

We invite you to have a look at our current and past training programmes:

Modalities of the programme  The trainee will join a project team and will be coached by an expert (mentor) who will instruct her/him on ‘how to do the job’. The training will include lectures given by the mentor to the trainee. The typical duration of the training-on-the-job will be one week to one month depending on the training subject. Any necessary travel visas and medical insurance are the personal responsibility of the participant.

Eligibility  DEST training courses are open to students and early career researchers of any nationality. 

Registration  Calls for registrations are launched periodically on the DEST website. If you would like to participate in one of the courses, please fill out the online registration form. The registration deadline and link to the registration form can be found in the corresponding course description, unless specified otherwise. Registration forms that are either incomplete or late will not be accepted.

Selection procedure  The applications will be evaluated by the DEST Selection Committee. The main selection criteria used to assess applicants will be their scientific merit, their motivation and usefulness of the training for his/her career.

Notification  Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their registration by e-mail. After evaluation, applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted or not shortly after the course registration deadline.

Certificate  Trainees who have completed the training will receive, after their training period, a certificate specifying the dates of the training period, specification of the training and the institution where they received the training.

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