The ‘Red List of Taxonomists’ initiative, funded by the European Union, launches its registration portal and calls for professionals and citizen scientists to register on. The purpose is to build a database of European taxonomic experts in the study of insects. The analysis of these data will elucidate the trends in available expertise and inform policy-makers on how to secure the future of taxonomy as a basis for protecting European biodiversity and beyond.
As partners of the project, CETAF and IUCN are mobilising experts from their respective networks to populate the ‘Red List of Taxonomists’ database. In parallel, Pensoft is extracting further data of authors, reviewers and editors from taxonomic publications across its portfolio of academic journals and books, in addition to major relevant databases working with scholarly literature.
To reach experts, including professionals not necessarily affiliated with partnering institutions, as well as citizen scientists, the team is now calling for European taxonomists to register via the newly launched ‘Red List of Taxonomists’ portal and provide their data by filling a short survey. Their data will not be publicly available, but it will be used for in-depth analyses and reports in the concluding stage of the project, scheduled for early 2022. The collection of the data is in full compliance with GDPR requirements.
Insect taxonomists, both professional and citizen scientists, are welcome to register on the Red List of Taxonomists portal at: red-list-taxonomists.eu and further disseminate the registration portal to fellow taxonomists!
Follow and join the conversation on Twitter using the #RedListTaxonomists hashtag.
More information about the project can be found here.