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Systematics Association

Registered Charity Number 270429



A joint fund of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association, the Systematics Research Fund (SRF) provides grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics. Applications for the 2015/16 SRF are now open
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Is e-taxonomy a distraction or a solution?
Robert Scotland President of the SA and Vince Smith cyber-taxonomist at the NHM provide a lively debate on the issues facing taxonomy today.
Podcast provided by Backdoor Broadcasting Company (website)


The Systematics Association welcomes anyone interested in the study or teaching of Systematics. Membership entitles you to reduced registration at our many Conferences, and major reductions on the books published by the Association. Find out more

Latest Publication

Descriptive Taxonomy - The Foundation of Biodiversity Research, volume 84

ISBN 9780521761079;
published January 2015

Available in Hardback from CUP


The Systematics Association is committed to furthering all aspects of Systematic biology. It organises a vigorous programme of international conferences on key themes in systematics, including a series of major biennial conferences launched in 1997. The association also supports a variety of training courses in systematics and awards grants in support of systematics research. Find out more

Next event:
President's Lecture
Thursday 26 November, Linnean Society, London

Panorama Image of the Diversity of plant herbarium specimens Credit RBGE

Do half the world's natural history collections have the wrong name and what can we do about it?

The call for the 2015/16 round of the Systematics Research Fund is now open.

The Councils of the Linnean Society of London and the Systematics Association jointly administer the Systematic Research Fund. Typical activities supported include contributions to fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and contributions to publication costs (although we are unable to support article processing charges). Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematics component. Typical activities not supported include attendance at scientific meetings and contributions to student maintenance or tuition fees. The fund does not provide payments for Bench Fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged. Applications of all nationalities are welcome but applicants must be a member of the Systematics Association or Linnean Society of London.

Successful projects are selected by a panel of systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. The value of any single award will not exceed &poound;1500.

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