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Navigating Nomenclature Workshop

Navigating Nomenclature – Publishing, typifying, and naming algae, fungi, and plants (The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants)

Botany 2022, Anchorage, Alaska

Sunday, July 24, 2022, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Sandra Knapp, Natural History Museum, London, UK

Nicholas Turland, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, Germany


Knowledge of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants ( is important for those wanting to name new species or taxa at higher ranks, but it also provides the rules for navigating the sometimes difficult to interpret naming of the past ca. 270 years. This one-day workshop will cover some of the key areas of rules of the Shenzhen Code (Turland & al. 2018) that are needed for describing new taxa and for finding names and types for taxa already described. The workshop will have morning and afternoon sessions. Topics include effective and valid publication, all about types, and how to find the correct name for a taxon. There will also be an open session for participants to present their own specific nomenclatural problems, which we can discuss as a group and perhaps solve. The course is sponsored by the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT), who support and facilitate the nomenclature of algae, fungi, and plants between International Botanical and Mycological Congresses (IBC, IMC).

Participants should bring:

An internet-enabled device to access the Code (or the print version), their own nomenclatural problems, and enthusiasm for problem solving

Preliminary schedule

Session 1: Effective and valid publication

Coffee break

Session 2: All about types and typification

Lunch break

Session 3: How to find the correct name for a taxon

Coffee break

Session 4: Open session for group discussion and problem solving


Please register for the workshop when you register for Botany 2022, or if you have already registered for the conference you can modify your registration and add the workshop.

The cost is only $10. IAPT is covering the balance of the workshop registration fee. Lunch and morning and afternoon coffee break refreshments are included.



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