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The COST Action Bottoms-Up organize its first Training School on “Assessing Multi-Taxon Diversity in Forest Ecosystems”, which will be held in Arezzo (Italy) on September, 28-30, 2021.

The aim of the training is to give a comprehensive overview of multi-taxon biodiversity data issues in forest ecosystems with an emphasis on bridging the gap between theory and practice. A first theoretical part of the training school will be devoted to statistically sound sampling approaches. A second practical part of the training school will present case studies and applications on how to collect, manage, integrate and analyse the different multi-taxon data using open-source tools (CRAN R) and perform biodiversity analyses.

We invite young researchers (from PhD students to post-docs with up to 8 years of experience after their PhD) to express their interest to participate as trainees. Participation in the Training School will be free of charge for all trainees but it is limited to up to 35 trainees. Selected trainees who are located in one of the 32 countries that are either COST members or near neighboring countries can be reimbursed for their long-distance travel and through a 180€ daily allowance, see reimbursement conditions here.

Please, express your interest to participate as a trainee by sending an email to the Action Chair () and to the training school coordinator () by the 31st July, 2021. We aim at making the application process as lightweight as possible. Your email should include your name, current affiliation, current status (in particular with respect to your PhD), and a list of relevant publications (if any). Add a very brief motivation why you want to attend and declare if your participation is dependent on receiving financial support from the COST Action.



28 September 2021

  • 13:00 Welcome trainers
  • 14:30- 18:30 “Theory and application of design-based inference for assessing multi-taxon diversity.”

Confirmed trainer: Lorenzo Fattorini, Sara Franceschi (University of Siena, Italy)


29 September 2021

  • 9:00-13:00 “Open source solutions for multi-taxon data management and standardization”

Confirmed trainer: Rafael B. de Andrade (University of Maryland, USA)

13:00-14:00 Light lunch

  • 14:00-16:00 “Assessing multi-taxon diversity based on observational data”

Confirmed trainer: Yoan Pallet (INRAE, France)

  • 16:00-18:00 “Upscaling diversity measurements with remotely-sensed information”

Confirmed trainer: Samuel Alleaume (INRAE, France)


30 September 2021

  • 8:00-13:00 Field trip at the Foreste Casentinesi National Park: “The LIFE ESC360: partecipatory actions in multi-taxon biodiversity monitoring” (https://www.life360esc.eu/en/)
  • 13:00-14:00 Light lunch
  • 15:00-16:00 Visit at the Monastery of Camaldoli
  • 16:00-17:30 Coming back to Arezzo



The Training school will be held in the city of Arezzo, Tuscany (Italy).


How to reach Arezzo:

  • The closer airport is located in the city of Florence (“Amerigo Vespucci international airport” of Florence: https://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/), which is about 90 km away from Arezzo.
  • Local buses connect the airport to two main stations in Florence:
  • Central station: Firenze Santa Maria Novella;
  • Second main station: Firenze Campo di Marte.
  • Local trains connect Florence to Arezzo in about 1 hour (https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html)


Local organizer: Francesco Chianucci ()