Zoological Nomenclature

Course co-organised with ForBio - Funding is available for ForBio members to attend the course (see bottom of page)

Course description:
Taxonomists need a common language worldwide. This is provided by the international codes of nomenclature. Although several codes exist, according to the organisms at stake, they all follow a similar modes of introduction of new names (through “publications”, strictly defined), of allocation of names to taxa (through “types”) and of establishment of the valid name for a taxon (through priority, first-reviser, usage). As biological nomenclature is rarely taught in academic formations, many taxonomists have difficulties mastering it. This training will provide an overview of the history and epistemology of biological nomenclature, and a discussion of the relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature. The zoological code will be presented in detail, the other codes (including the botanical one) much more briefly. The recent problems and projects of nomenclature, including alternative systems, will be discussed.

Lecture topics:
• What is taxonomy? What is nomenclature? Name, taxon, nomenclatural rank, taxonomic category. Species and supraspecific taxa. The relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature.
• History and epistemology of the international codes of nomenclature.
• The international code of zoological nomenclature.
• The other international codes (plants and fungi, bacteria, viruses, cultivated plants).
• The alternative nomenclatural systems (Phylocode, etc.).

Seminar topics:
• Nomenclature of higher taxa in zoology.
• What is a diagnosis in zoological taxonomy and nomenclature?
• Zoobank and electronic publications.
• Describing new species without preserved specimens?
• Other burning questions of zoological nomenclature.

Practical experiences (2 days) will include: exercises in zoological nomenclature and transforming phylogenetic data into a taxonomy and a nomenclature.

Five days (9:30 am to 5:30 pm each day)

12-16 June 2017

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Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students, postdocs and early career researchers, professional taxonomists interested in refreshing courses or in-depth training in nomenclature.
Criteria for selection will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training for your career.

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Prof. Alain Dubois and Prof. Annemarie Ohler, Institute, Institute of Systematics, Evolution & Biodiversity, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris

Registration fee
€ 400 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Registration deadline
1 March 2017
Click here for the registration form.

**Course will be cancelled if a minimum number of 10 participants is not reached.

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

ForBio will cover the registration fee for all members (not associates).
ForBio will refund travel and accommodation costs for members registered at Norwegian universities and research institutes.
Contact Aino Hoisa for more information at Aino.Hosia@uib.no

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