Why Natural History Collections Matter - CETAF 20th Anniversary
Societal relevance and value of natural history collections
It is with great pleasure that we hereby announce the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of CETAF, the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities. On the 20th October 2016, CETAF invites researchers, scientific communicators, policy makers and citizens interested in biodiversity to join us at Madrid's famous Royal Botanic Garden where high profile speakers from industry, science and culture will converge to showcase the societal relevance of natural history collections.
H.S.H. Albert II, Prince of Monaco, will open this morning event that seeks to celebrate 250 years of exploring and documenting diversity in nature. With the help of Linnaeus himself, the father of the modern taxonomy, we will discover industries at the front line of innovative uses of collections and taxonomy in fields such as biotechnology, bioinformatics and research. There will also be ample opportunity to explore future technological breakthroughs and recent discoveries with presentations by Sophie Tuffet, CEO of Imagene, in Paris; Carsten Rahbeck, Professor at Copenhagen's Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate; and Javier de la Torre, Founder and CEO of CartoD, in New York. The two-starred Michelin chef Mario Sandoval will be providing refreshment using a pallet of food and drinks inspired by the Madrid Botanic Garden. The event will conclude with a panel discussion highlighting the increasing opportunities for business and innovators to work with the natural history collections across Europe.
For more information on the event programme, please check the CETAF website.
We look forward to welcoming you at this special event to mark our CETAF 20th anniversary.
With our best regards,
CETAF General Secretariat