Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs


Why I decided to publish my PhD Project Plan, a guest post by Viktor Senderov

According to Was ist Open Science? there are six leading principles of Open Science: open methodology, open source, open data, open access, open peer review, and open educational resources. If I am to have an open thesis, then I have to strive to apply those six principles to my own work. In the spirit of this effort, I and my advisor, Prof. Penev, have decided to publish my PhD project plan as a RIO article.RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes) is a... show more

FOLLOW-UP from BIG4 Kick-Off in Copenhagen

Talks and images from our network meeting is now available on the BIG4 webpage. Please find them respectively in Agenda & Minutes and Images under RESOURCES.

First Impressions and First Results by Viktor Senderov (@vsenderov,

I recently blogged on my PhD thesis blog about the BIG4 kick-off meeting in Copenhagen. Here, I will revisit this topic and give my first impressions as well as report some first BIG4-relevant results. As I pointed out, the format of the meeting was two days of presentations by students and PI’s about individual projects, then a field-trip day, then two more days of presentations and entomology-related workshops lead by senior lecturers.... show more

SEPTEMBER 14-18, 2015: Successful BIG4 Kick-off in Copenhagen, Denmark

BIG thank you, all participants of the BIG4 Kick-off! We held our first all network meeting, with all students having a chance to meet each other and every BIG4 supervisor. The meeting involved a variety of scientific activities and social events including presentations of each individual BIG4 project, talks about BIG4’s fellow’s rights and obligations, ITN financing rules, and network work packages. Finally, ITN fellows had a wo... show more

UPCOMING EVENT : BIG4 Kick-off in Copenhagen, DENMARK (UPDATES!)

The BIG4 Kick off meeting will be held in Copenhagen from the 14th to 18th of September 2015.It will start off at the International House with talks from the project Coordinator, EU officer, project supervisors and some students. During final days, a collections-related workshop will take place at the Zoological Museum, with talks about entomological collections by speakers from various natural history museums. The scientific program of the ... show more

Job Announcement - Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Position in Bioinformatics

We are pleased to announce а PhD position in bioinformatics at Pensoft, as а part of the BIG4 international cross-disciplinary training consortium (BIG4: ‘Biosystematics, Informatics and Genomics of 4 big insect groups’) funded by the European Union‘s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Program (ITN). More information at: