What is Biological Systematics?

Biological Systematics has a well-defined research program. However, it is sometimes confused with other disciplines, some of which actually includes (i.e. taxonomy). Also, definitions and uses of the term seem to differ across countries and languages. Therefore, a fully explicit definition is required for everybody to have a clear idea of what the congress is about.

Systematics is the field of biology devoted to the study of biodiversity and its origins. It aims to unravel the evolutionary relationships between organisms, species and higher taxa, as well as other biological entities such as genes
and communities, and understand the evolution of lineages, including both phenotypic and genotypic traits, ecological interactions and geographical distributions. An important part of systematics focuses on developing methods for various aspects of phylogenetic inference and taxonomy (naming and classification).

?Rapid species discovery and cataloguing
?Species delimitation and species trees
?Deep phylogenies
?Trait evolution and key innovations
?Phylogenetic macroecology
?Statistical phylogeography and biogeography
Organizing committee
Scientific committee

?Miquel A. Arnedo (coordinator)
?Salvador Carranza
?Francesc Uribe
?Jose Castresana
?Jesus Gomez-Zurita
?Carles Ribera
?Ignacio Ribera
?Maite Aguado
?Ines Alvarez-Fernandez
?Borja Mila
?Marta Riutort
?Inaki Ruiz
?Isabel Sanmartin
?Raquel Vasconcelos