This CETAF community initiative celebrates the new generation of scientists working on collections that help document, describe and understand life on Earth. The CETAF E-Score award ceremony will take place during the EBR2022 conference in the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren, Belgium.

CETAF is continuing its initiative to reward early-career researchers, within the fields of taxonomy, biodiversity and geodiversity science, who base their research on natural science collections. E-SCORE - Excellence in Scientific Collections-based Research, is a celebration of the new generation of scientists who have shown dedication to the use of collections that help document, describe and understand life on earth, and the processes that have shaped it. The award also celebrates the United Nations endorsed International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls annually on the 22nd of May to commemorate the 1992 adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. CETAF awarded E-SCORE for the first time in 2020 to mark the end of the UN International Decade of Biodiversity.

The foundations of E-SCoRe are the natural science collections that are hosted, preserved and curated in research organisations across Europe and in associated countries with CETAF member institutions. The research staff of these institutions explore and document diversity in nature. The knowledge they collectively build provides a foundation on which policies and initiatives for nature conservation and the protection of natural resources are based.

By awarding the E-SCoRe award, CETAF wishes to highlight the significance of collections-based research in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change as well as to support early career researchers in this field. 

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