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

21 MAR 2019

BIG's Results in Brief are available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.  The project studied the four largest insect groups represented by beetles, bees, flies and butterflies and the services they could potentially provide by combining genomics, phylogenetics,...

11 FEB 2019

This article was written by Trevor O. Burt.  I am happy to report back from the 9th International Congress of Dipterology (ICD9), which took place in November, 2018, in Windhoek, Namibia.The International Congress of Dipteralogy (ICD) is a meeting that brings together dipterists fr...

6 FEB 2019

We are happy to announce that Anne-Sarah Ganske received a grant from the "Network of Biological Systematics Austria" (NOBIS Austria) for her research entitled "Lithobius - A big genus in a small subphylum: phylogeny and evolutionary history", which she carried out within th...

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...