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

20 AUG 2018

This post was written by Matthias Seidel.  In my project I investigate the systematics, phylogenetics and biogeography of terrestrial water beetles across the Southern Hemisphere. This relict group of beetles is called Cylominae and it is restricted to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chi...

16 AUG 2018

This post was written by Trevor Burt. Over the last couple of decades, the global syrphid community has been progressing towards a focused picture of the origin and diversification of hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae). Given the growing concerns about climate change and biodiversity loss, this work, ...

13 AUG 2018

This post was written by Emmanuel Arriaga Varela. In order to understand the Hows, the Whens and the Whys of the evolution of insects and other animal groups, it is necessary to take a look at the past. Fossils embedded in amber give us the unique opportunity to take a de...

9 AUG 2018

This post was written by Elsa Call. Natural museum collections around the world are extremely abundant. All of these specimens are highly valuable for a wide range of research applications, such as systematics and taxonomy,  biodiversity studies, habitat loss and investigations into the hist...

6 AUG 2018

This post was written by Daniel Marquina.  How unique is this habitat? Is this a biodiversity hotspot? Should we invest public resources in preserving it? Is this a healthy environment? Have our conservation efforts done any good? How does the food web look like in this habitat? How man...