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  1. Svenska Systematikföreningen: New approaches to teaching and outreach in biodiversity science.

Convener: Nils Cronberg (


Abstracts as pdf


The digital revolution has sparkled a large number of new initiatives to teach systematics and biodiversity science for different kinds of audiences, from university courses down to the individual citizen level. The theme for this session is to present some of these initiatives and critically review how they have reached their goals. We anticipate participants involved in net-based and campus-based teaching, public data-base construction, scientific blogging and citizen science projects.



Thursday, August 17th. Afternoon session.


Invited talks:



13.30 – 14.00


Lena Struwe1:

Teaching about biodiversity in the age of digital distraction and opportunity – learning how, when, and what?

1Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA.


14.00 – 14.20

Yamama Naciri1, Romain Dewaele2, Sofia Wyler3, Louis Nusbaumer1, Patricia Silveira4, Candice Yvon2:

CodeMyPlant: when high schools rally scientists to barcode the flora of Geneva.

1Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (CJB) & Laboratoire de Systématique végétale - Université de Genève; 2Bioscope - Université de Genève; 3SwissBOL – Swiss Barcode of Life; 4Sciences de l’Education – Université de Genève.


14.20 – 14.40

Petra Korall1, Mikael Thollesson1:

Jointly meeting receding student numbers with excellence – NABiS, the Nordic Academy of Biodiversity and Systematics, collaborative masters programmes.

1Dept. Organismal Biology – Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


14.40 – 15.00

Nils Cronberg1 and Sofia Olofsson1:

Ten years' experience of an advanced-level net based course in Systematic Botany.

1Lund University



15.00  - 15.30




15.30 – 16.00


Magne Husby1:

BirdID: a combination of net-based and campus-based teaching to increase species identification skills needed in citizen science projects

1Nord University, Norway



16.00 – 16.20

Bente Eriksen:

Beyond Plant Blindness: Seeing the importance of plants for a sustainable world.


16.20 – 16.40

Anja Rautenberg:

”The Rise of Systematic Biology”: A potential nomination to the World Heritage List?


16.40 – 17.00

Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for outreach in biodiversity science













Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20a, Göteborg