Young Systematists’ Forum

Young Systematists' Forum logo.

The Young Systematists’ Forum represents an exciting setting for postgraduate students and early postdoctoral researchers to present their work to a scientific audience interested in taxonomy and systematic biology. This well-established event provides an opportunity for budding systematists to discuss their research, often for the first time, in front of their peers within a supportive environment. Supervisors and other established systematists are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

YSF are very dynamic meetings, with wide international attendance and great interactions. We award prizes for the most promising talk and flash presentations as judged by a small panel on the day.

YSF meetings take place yearly, usually in November. We will announce the date of YSF2023 soon. Stay tuned!

Previous editions

The first edition of the Young Systematists’ Forum took place in 1999. Until the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held at the Natural History Museum. In 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to organise a fully online conference, and repeated the format in 2021 and 2022. This new format has been very successful, with an overwhelming number of young systematists attending from all over the world. The YSF2022 for example congregated 200 attendees from 54 countries.

Map showing provenance of attendees to the Young Systematists' Forum 2022.

Presentations from previous editions are available on our YouTube channel:


Ellinor Michel (Natural History Museum London), Katie Collins (Natural History Museum London), Ana Serra Silva (Natural History Museum London), Kálmán Könyves (Royal Horticultural Society), Peter Mulhair (University of Oxford), and Pablo Muñoz-Rodríguez (University of Oxford), with the support of The Systematics Association Council.


Logos of the Systematics Association and the Young Systematist's Forum sponsors: Natural History Museum of London, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, CRC Press


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