9-11 JUNE 2020
CREA - Research Centre For Forestry and Wood, Arezzo (ITALY)


The training school will provide a comprehensive overview of multi-taxon biodiversity 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 statistical sampling methods. A second practical part of the training school will present case studies and applications on how to collect, manage, and integrate the different multi-taxon data using open-source tools (CRAN R) and perform biodiversity analyses.




  • 14:00 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)


  • 9:00-11:00 “Assessing multi-taxon diversity based on observational data”
    Confirmed trainer: Yoan Pallet (INRAE, France)
  • 11:00-13:00 “Upscaling diversity measurements with remotely-sensed information”
    Confirmed trainer: Samuel Alleaume (INRAE, France)
  • 13:00-14:00 Light lunch
  • 14:00-18:00 “Open source solutions for multi-taxon data management and standardization”
    Confirmed trainer: Rafael B. de Andrade (University of Maryland, USA)


  • 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



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 25 trainees. For a limited number of trainees who are located in one of the 32 countries that are either members or near neighboring countries in the COST Action CA18207 we have funds in the form of a fixed grant that we expect to be able to cover cost of accommodation and subsistence in Arezzo and make a significant contribution towards travel cost.

Please, express your interest to participate as a trainee by sending an email to the Action Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and to the local organizer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 31st March, 2020. 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.




The Training school will be hosted by CREA-Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, in the city of Arezzo, Central Italy (https://www.crea.gov.it/en/web/foreste-e-legno/sedi).


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 buses (LF3, LF7) connect Arezzo train station to CREA - or alternatively 25’ min walking



Local organizer: Francesco Chianucci (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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