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The IAPT announces the 2020 round of our competitive grants program in plant systematics, with emphasis on funding students and young investigators in developing countries, but open to applicants world-wide. For guidance, candidates who obtained their Ph.D. degree more than 3 years ago will not be considered. Applications will be assessed on the basis of submitted research projects demonstrating scientific merit (60%), IAPT co...

Dear colleagues,

November is here! That means it is annual membership time at the International Association for Plant Taxonomy. If you are a current member your 2019 membership will expire on December 31st. Renew now for 2020 to continue enjoying the benefits of membership, and to continue supporting IAPT.

If you are not yet an IAPT member I encourage you to join me as a member to support IAPT in serving the global plant systema...

Dear fellow IAPT members and Taxon readers,

I am sorry to report that John Wiley & Sons continues to be behind schedule in publishing the print version of Taxon. The IAPT Taxon team is doing everything they can to work with Wiley to get the journal back on schedule. The problems have been with the typesetters used by Wiley, which was noted in our previous message. The good news is that Wiley has moved to a new typesetting team...

I am very sorry to bring the sad news that our colleague and friend Vicki Funk died on Tuesday evening, 22 October 2019. Vicki was an amazing and inspiring person in so many ways. She was always positive, generous, and creative, not only in her approach to science, but also in her approach to life. Vicki was a staunch supporter of IAPT and its essential role and she contributed to the organization in so many ways over the year...

IAPT is pleased to announce a new Grant Program focused on the improvement of collections held by small herbaria worldwide.

Starting in October 2019, IAPT will provide competitive grants for the improvement and/or maintenance of botanical collections (herbaria) of algae, fungi, and or plants.

Collection improvements include projects involving digitization, processing a specimen backlog, shipping an endangered collection to anoth...

We are pleased to announce that IAPT will participate in two international conferences in 2020:

The Southern African Society for Systematic Biology conference will be held at the Waterval Country Lodge (www.waterval.co.za) outside of Cape Town, 4-11 July, 2020. IAPT will organize a workshop on nomenclature for the SASSB conference that we hope will be of interest to botanists, mycologists and phycologists. IAPT Council Mem...

 Dear fellow members of IAPT and Taxon readers,

We are sure you have noticed that Taxon is behind schedule in publishing this year. Moving to a new publisher is almost always disruptive and results in temporary delays in the publication schedule, and this has definitely been the case for us. The problems have primarily been with the typesetter used by Wiley. Our Production Editor, Franz, has been working hard to get them to adh...

With support from IAPT, a new edition of Nicholas Turland's The Code Decoded has just been published by Pensoft Publishers.

The second edition of this user's guide to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants has been updated to incorporate all the changes made in the Shenzhen Code and is freely available online at https://doi.org/10.3897/ab.e38075. A print version will follow shortly.

Congratulations...

The Société de Physique et d'Histoire naturelle (SPHN) of Geneva is pleased to announce the award of the Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle Prize in 2020. This prize recognizes the author of the best treatment of a taxonomic group of plants, algae or fungi. The intent of the prize is to encourage and foster the publication of monographic treatments in plant taxonomy, preferably by scientists still in an early stage of their career.


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IAPT has established a symposium series called the Early Career Investigator Symposium to highlight the research of botanists, mycologists, and phycologists. Each year the symposium will be presented at a different international conference where IAPT participates in the program. The specific theme will vary from year to year, depending on the theme of the conference. This year the theme for our symposium at the Botany 2019 con...

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