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Botanical Nomenclature Training Course

This one-week botanical nomenclature course, led by Kew specialists with extensive practical experience, covers the principles of plant nomenclature according to the International Code of Nomenclature.
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Botanical nomenclature course students

Course details

This in-depth course will teach the principles of plant nomenclature according to the International Code of Nomenclature (ICN) for algae, fungi and plants, so that participants can apply good nomenclatural practice when undertaking taxonomic revisions, compiling checklists etc. Participants will have time to pursue their own research interests using the collections at Kew, with the emphasis on identifying and solving nomenclatural problems.

Course dates: To be confirmed.

Course duration: The course runs Monday to Friday for one week.

Course venue: Classes are taught at Kew in the Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives (HLAA) building (situated next to Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green), about 15 minutes walk from Kew Gardens Underground station (District Line/London Overground) and 10 minutes walk from Kew Bridge station (South West Trains).

How to get the the HLAA (map)

Course fee: 600 euros. This covers teaching and course materials only. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Who is the course designed for?

MSc students, PhD students and early-career researchers working in taxonomy.

How is the course taught?

Mainly by lectures illustrated with examples from the ICN, but also workshop sessions applying what has been learned to 'real life' cases and by encouraging participants to discuss nomenclatural problems they have encountered. Short seminars will give participants the opportunity to present nomenclatural problems relevant to their own research.

How to apply

Applications should be made through the DEST website -

Enquiries about the course should be addressed to


In order to attend these courses at Kew, students from outside the European Economic Area may need to apply for a short-term study visa from the UK Border Agency to enter the UK. For this purpose, Kew is accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.

Further information will be provided to course applicants – you will need to be accepted onto a course before you can apply for a short-term study visa.