Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative

Belgium hosts important natural history collections, libraries, well-equipped research facilities and well-trained scientific and curatorial staff.

To ensure that this rich taxonomic patrimony can also serve taxonomists from the developing world, the Belgian GTI NFP annually issues two types of grants.

Announcement of TDWG 2014 conference and Call for Symposia and Workshops is open.

We are happy to announce the 2014 TDWG annual conference and the opening of the call for Symposia and Workshops.

Horizon 2020 - first calls

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-15 sets out the funding opportunities under the different parts of the programme; all are being published today on the Participant Portal. Each part describes the overall objectives, the respective calls, and the topics within each call. Each topic describes the challenge to be addressed, the scope of the activities to be carried out, and the expected impacts to be achieved. Compared with the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), there are relatively fewer calls and topics. The Work Programme reflects the strong challenge-based approach of Horizon 2020, allowing applicants to have considerable freedom to come up with innovative solutions. This MEMO highlights some key aspects of the Work Programme.

There are twelve focus areas

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Biodiversity Data Capture Training Course (13-24 January 2014, in Accra, Ghana)

Biodiversity data are the focus of large-scale efforts to convert analog data (i.e., specimen labels) into useful, digital data that can be used in a wide diversity of analyses to provide very important insights. This course will provide an overview of and introduction to current approaches to biodiversity data capture, with an eye to maximizing efficiency and simultaneously minimizing error rates. The focus is on capture of data for archival purposes (e.g., the plants of Angola, the vertebrates of Ethiopia, etc.), rather than for individual research projects where the data will not be used by others afterward. The course will include conceptual overviews, detailed instructions for implementation, and as much hands-on exploration as possible.

2013 CABIN call for data provider

The CABIN project (Central African Biodiversity Information Network) supported by the Directorate General of the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) and initiated by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is organising a second call for proposals for the mobilisation and on-line publication of biodiversity data from Sub-Saharan Africa during the last quarter of 2013.

Applications for this call have to be sent no later than 31st of August 2013.

More info at :

Travel Awards for African Participation in 2013 TDWG Conference

Biodiversity Information Specialists from developing African countries are invited to apply for travel awards to participate in the 2013 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) annual conference, to be held in Florence, Italy, October 28 – November 1, 2013.  The travel awards are made possible by joint funding from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and the Belgian Development Cooperation Program of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.  

DEST - Training course on Basics of Taxonomy

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy is offering a two-week training course on BASICS OF TAXONOMY: DESCRIBING, ILLUSTRATING AND COMMUNICATING BIODIVERSITY. The course is ideal for early career and future taxonomists who want to learn more about DELTA, digital drawing, scientific illustration, writing and communication, and Scratchpads.

- Registration deadline is approaching: 24 June 2013

- Course dates: 14-25 October 2013

- Course venue: Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden

New FP7 2013 calls open at the European Commission

The European Commission has recently opened quite a few calls in most FP7 themes.

More information here :

Have look in Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities to find out more.

Depending on the call deadlines are spread from October 2012 to February 2013.



SYNTHESYS – Funding available for short research visits

New Call Deadline: 5th October 2012 (17:00 UK time).

The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the start of the new SYNTHESYS project and has now opened its fourth and final Call for proposals under the current European Commission's FPVII European-funded Integrating Activities funding scheme.

Programme AGORA - Call for proposals 2011 (Belgian Science Policy office)


The Unit "Individuals and Society" of the Research programmes of BELSPO manages the AGORA programme.

AGORA finances research activities destined to create and valorise databases and collections for scientific reuse, hereby participating to the creation of research infrastructures of high quality.


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