Zoologica Scripta Symposium

The Role of Systematics for Understanding Ecosystem Functions

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Drammensveien 78)
Editors Motivation

The scheduled Zoologica Scripta symposium will offer a forum for exploring trends and future developments in the field of systematics. We have invited leading experts in the field and compiled an attractive programme to address and discuss with you the imminent issues of animal systematics.

Many biologists are concerned about the taxonomic impediment and the decline of expertise in taxonomy and systematics; even more so in the context of ongoing biodiversity loss and climate change. At the same time, we experience an upgrading of the portfolio of methods to highly advanced and complex 'big data' analyses, and a frequently heard expectation is that this will further increase the taxonomic and systematics knowledge gap. The trends towards more complex analyses as well as understanding systematics in an ecological context is also reflected in the manuscripts submitted to the Zoologica Scripta.

The taxonomic impediment is not only a scientific issue but also of importance for societal development. Roughly ten years ago the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established, aiming, among others, at advancing knowledge and data as well as at building capacities that strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Per Sundberg (chief editor), Per Ericson and Lutz Bachmann (executive editors)

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the editors of the Zoologica Scripta invite to an international one-day symposium on 'The role of systematics for understanding ecosystem functions'


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The Zoologica Scripta, published on behalf of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is one of the leading scientific journals in the fields of animal systematics, phylogeny, and biogeography. The journal has for many years provided a high profile outlet for cutting edge research in the field.



0930:   Doors open

10.00:  Welcome by Professor Lise Øvreås, President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

10.05:  Introduction to Zoologica Scripta by Dr. Per Sundberg, Chief Editor of The Zoologica Scripta

10.20 - 10.50: 'The Consequences of Biodiversity Loss – an Overview of IPBES Conclusions'
Dr. Cecilia Lindblad, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

10.50 - 11.20: 'The Norwegian Artsprojektet for the Mapping of Flora and Fauna'
Dr. Stine Svalheim Markussen, Artsdatabanken and Dr. Hugo de Boer, University of Oslo, Natural History Museum

11.20 - 11.45: Coffee break

11.45 - 12.15: 'The Potential and Power of Biodiversity Databases'
Dr. Veronika Johansson, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics

12.15 - 12.45: 'Understanding Biodiversity Change - the Potential of Combining Genomic Data and Taxonomic Challenges like Cryptic Species'
Dr. Torsten H. Struck, University of Oslo, Natural History Museum

12.45 - 13.45: Lunch

13.45 - 14.15: 'The potential of museum collections to understand genetic diversity'
Dr. Niklas Wahlberg, Lund University

14.15 - 14.45: 'Model Parasites of Model Hosts? Evolution and Ecology of Cichlid-Infecting Monogenean Flatworms'
Dr. Maarten Vanhove, Hasselt University, Centre for Environmental Sciences

14.45 - 15.15: 'Exploring Polar Invertebrate Biodiversity'
Dr. Dieter Piepenburg, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research

15.15 - 15.45: Coffee break with refreshments

15.45 - 16.15: 'The Role of Taxonomic Expertise in Interpretation of Metabarcoding Studies'
Dr. Paula Pappalardo, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

16.15 - 16.45: 'Metabarcoding and Systematics of Protists in the Ocean to Understand Ecosystem Functioning'
Dr. Bente Edvardsen, University of Oslo, Department of Biosciences, Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology

17.30:   Aperitif served

18.15:   Dinner 
with an address 'The End of Evolution' by Dr. Matthias Glaubrecht, Centre of Natural History, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Hamburg

Please note that the information above is subject to change.