Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs
Highlights
  •   Pensoft biodiversity publisher, ERA7 Bioinformatics, and IT Savantic are business companies playing major roles in BIG4. They bridge BIG4 science with industry and expose business environment to our students early in their career. Having an experience in science-related industry is an added ...

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  •   One of the special features of BIG4, as an EU funded Innovative Training Network, is regular joint workshops for all students that cover various aspects of modern entomological systematics, such as: growth and maintenance of the entomological collections including specimens adequately preser...

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  •   Each of the BIG4 PhD projects is multidisciplinary and therefore requires supervisory input from several experts. Any student of BIG4 has the main institution of enrollment in the PhD school and the main advisor working at that institution. However, BIG4 program assumes that each student has...

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News

2 JAN 2019

The New Year 2019 has just begun! In this year, BIG4’s training network will formally not exist anymore. The generous EU Horizon 2020 ITN grant, awarded to us in 2015, was completed on December 31st 2018. There are still some important reporting activities ahead and many project-bound students...

25 SEP 2018

This post was written by Viktor Senderov.  The Semantic Web is a vision for the future of the web where not only documents but also data are connected. As part of the Semantic Web, the goal of the Pensoft-based OpenBiodiv project is to create a system for management of biodiversity knowledge...

17 SEP 2018

This post was written by Miroslav Valan. Human impact on nature causes insects to die out and disappear at a faster pace than they can be studied. Any survey on biodiversity requires expertise, but those who may help with identifications - taxonomists - are always in shortage. Thanks to new techn...

13 SEP 2018

This post was written by Erik Gobbo.  Among gall-making insects, the Cynipidae (gall-wasps) are probably the most fascinating, for many reasons: they are capable of inducing extremely complex galls that often constitute a small ecosystem of their own, they are extremely diverse (countin...

10 SEP 2018

This post was written by Janina Lisa Kypke. You might be wondering what animals am I talking about and how large is the largest animal family? Meet the rove beetles or Staphylinidae! If you have never heard of them, here are the cornerstone facts:- Rove beetles consist of more than 63.137 fos...