About IUBS

IUBS vision, objectives and strategies

The mission of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) is to unify biology through diversity. It provides a global platform for cooperation among scientists from various biology disciplines. As a non-profit, non-governmental umbrella organisation, it promotes research, training, and education. It advocates access and benefit-sharing of knowledge and resources. Established in 1919, IUBS supports finding solutions for several scientific questions, such as climate change and other global challenges. IUBS is the only international body that covers all disciplines of biological and life sciences. It currently unites and speaks for more than 110 national, scientific, and institutional members from all over the world.

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10 Jul 2018 · IUBS

Board and Governance Meeting

Meeting of IUBS's Executive Committee (f.l.t.r.): Hiroyuki Takeda, LS Shashidhara, Regine Jahn, Alexey Kotov, Lily Rodriguez, Yongbiao Xue, Santiago Merino

The Board of the IUBS met at the Museo Nacional de Ciencas Naturales in Madrid, Spain, 10-11 July 2018. They discussed how to proceed with IUBS's agenda, set in the General Assembly.

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05 Jul 2018

Founding of ICS

IUBS, as a member organisation, attended the Funding General Assembly of the ICS (International Science Council), that launched in July 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

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12 Jun 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

Member's Meeting

The meeting took place at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at the Institut Henri Poincaré. Photo: IUBS

Members of the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?" met in Paris, France, and representatives of the partner unions gathered in Paris on June 11-12 2018. They reflected on the project’s status and discussed the next steps and actions to be taken.

18 Jun 2018

Workshop for IUBS, SCAR and IASC

Workshop in Davos. Photo: IUBS

Andres Barbosa organized a workshop between IUBS and Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) during the Polar 2018, SCAR & IASC (International Arctic Science Committee) Conference, in Davos Switzerland, 15 - 18 June 2018. The aim was to discuss the interaction between IUBS programmes such as BCGC and iCCB with SCAR and how IUBS could participate in the new programmes implemented by SCAR.

05 Jun 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

Survey on climate science in the classrooms of the world

The TROP ICSU project (Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding) is conducting a preliminary survey to understand how topics in climate science are currently discussed in the classroom in different parts of the world. It would take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete the short survey available in several languages (English, Catalàn, Chinese, Français, Deutsch, Hindi, Italiano, Japanese, Español).

Please participate in the Survey:

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05 Jun 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

Global Survey of Scientists

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists as been launched on May 1st, 2018. The survey in the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences - How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?" will be open for answers until October 31st, 2018. You are welcome to forward this link to the survey to your colleagues, men and women.

Welcome to the Global Survey of Scientists: English

Bienvenue dans l’enquête mondiale destinée aux scientifiques: French

Welcome to the Global Survey of Scientists: Chinese

Welcome to the Global Survey of Scientists: Russian

Bienvenido/a a la Encuesta mundial de científicos y científicas: Spanish

Welcome to the Global Survey of Scientists: Arabian 

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26 Apr 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

2nd Working Group meeting

Participants of the 2nd Working Group meeting (f.l.t.r.): Daniel Waiswa, Rahul Chopra, Boram lee, France Caron, Aparna Joshi, sigbert Huber, Anita Nagarajan, Chris King, Nathalie Fomproix, Daniel Ramos, LS Shashidhara. Photo: IUBS

The 2nd Working Group meeting of the "Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)" project took place in Paris on 25-26 April 2018.


France Caron (IMU), Rahul Chopa (implementation team), Miguel Clusener-Godt (UNESCO), Nathalie Fomproix (IUBS), Richard Glover (ICSU ROA), Sigbert Huber (IUSS), Aparna Joshi (implementation team), Chris King (IUGS), Boram Lee (WCRP), Anita Nagarajan (implementation team), Daniel Ramos (Imaginary), LS Shashidhara (IUBS), Daniel Waiswa (AUC)
Via Skype: Allan Ashworth (INQUA), Keith Alverson (IUGG), Barbara Birli (IUSS), Veronica Iniguez (UTPL), Sepo Hachigonta (NRF), Mika Rekola (IUFRO)


  • How to increase the number and scope of pedagogical tools and teaching toolkits from different disciplines and regions
  • Developing a quality-assurance certificate protocol for the uploaded/to-be-uploaded pedagogical tools and teaching toolkits
  • Suggestions/assistance for dissemination of survey of educators across the globe
  • Advice/assistance in organizing pilot workshops across the world for educators on the use of the teaching toolkits.
  • Deciding on the venue, dates and names of main organizers and the budget for the same.

The project progress and roadmap was presented on the first day of ISC General Assembly on 3 July in Paris, several members of ISC, who are not yet involved in the project also attended the meeting.

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22 Feb 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

Meeting with WCRP and WMO

Meeting in Geneva. Photo: IUBS

The team of the "Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)" project had a meeting with WCRP and WMO in Geneva on 21-22 February 2018. It presented the project and seeked partnership especially for the quality control of the teaching tools.

22 Dec 2017 · Education and Outreach · Project

TROP ICSU sub-committee meeting

Sub-commitee meeting at the Royal Society, London (f.l.t.r.): Rahul Chopra, LS Shashidhara, France Caron, Iain Stewart, Anthony Turner, Chris King. Photo: IUBS

The sub-committee meeting within the "Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)" project took place in London, UK, in December 2017 at the Royal Society, London.


France Caron, Rahul Chopra, Marianne Cutler, Nathalie Fomproix, Chris King, Boram Lee, Sarah Pohlschneider, LS Shashidhara, Iain Stewart and Anthony Turner.
Via Skype: Aparna Joshi, Anita Nagarajan and Xuebin Zhang


We discussed design of teaching tool kits that we are developing, nature and duration of pilot workshops for educators on the use of tool-kits and changes/modifications to be made to questionnaire and ways to analyze responses.

26 Oct 2017 · Event

32nd ICSU General Assembly

The International Council for Science (ICSU) invites National, Union Members and other members to attend the 32nd ICSU General Assembly on 23-26 October 2017. As a member IUBS is taking part in it and looks forward to discuss the union with the International Social Science Council (ISSC) on 25-26 October 2017.

registration and details at ICSU

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31 Jul 2017 · IUBS · Publication

Biology International - Special Issue no 36

Disaster and Biodiversity (DAB) - beta

2017, edited by Harufumi Nishida, Jun Yokoyama, Steven J. Wagstaff, Paul Callomon

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake caused a tsunami and nuclear accident that heavily damaged local communities and the natural environment. The loss of biodiversity and precious biological records in nationally significant museums was also a matter of serious concern. The DAB scientific programme of IUBS led by Prof. H. Nishida aimed at the establishment of international disciplines and protocols for monitoring and managing the influences of disaster on biodiversity and biological resources at the initial stage following a disaster, and organizing an effective collaborative system to cope with future events. This aim was well appreciated at the IUBS General Assembly in 2012, and the proposal was approved as a scientific programme from 2013 to 2015. This special issue summarizes the results of three years’ discussions with internationally distinguished scientists in workshops and a symposium that was held in Sendai, a city damaged by the 2011 earthquake (from the preface of Prof. H. Takeda).

Read “Biology International Special Issue No 36” (beta, because Pr Satoquo Seino's contribution isn’t included yet, pdf file, 8.6 MB)

26 Jul 2017 · Scientific member

IUSS Alert

The latest Newsletter of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is out and available at their website. It is featuring a variety of articles from an activity report of the IUSS Secretariat, the Minutes of the IUSS Council meetings, which took place during the IUSSInter-Congress Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, activities and recent achievements during the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024), conference and meeting reports and obituaries of outstanding soil scientists.

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13 Jul 2017 · Scientific member

IOBC Newsletter

The latest news from International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) is out. The article of Peter Kevan introduces collaboration of the IOBC and the International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations (ICPPR) under the roof of IUBS, the "Use of Managed Pollinators to Disseminate Biological Control Agents & Natural Products for Crop Protection and Pollination". The newsletter also contains the message from IOBC's president, shows the refresh of the website, which now is mobile-compatible, has featured articles and work group reports, includes the Global Commission report, and is  rounded off by a list of upcoming meetings and other IOBC news.

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07 Jul 2017 · Initiative · IUBS

Sustainable Pastoralism and Human Well-Being

The inititive "Future Earth initiative on Pastoralism: a global comparative research programme" launched in July 2017. The initiative will prepare a new scientific programme for future transnational research with the aid of the IUBS and their ordinary and scientific members.

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07 Jul 2017 · Initiative · IUBS

Open Biodiversity and Health Data

The inititive "Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data Initiative (BHBD)" launched in July 2017. The initiative will prepare a new scientific programme for future transnational research with the aid of the IUBS and their ordinary and scientific members.

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4th Science Forum: “Science for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework"

During the COP 14 (Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD), the 4th Science Forum is organised by IUBS, the European Commission with EKLIPSE, IAI and the CBD secretariat. The objective of this Science-Policy dialogue would be to bring together and engage scientists and policy makers in a transparent dialogue, to recommend how to bring the post-2020 process forward. It can open new pathways to accelerate implementation of nature-based solutions for nature, people and the economy across different sectors, and on engaging wider parts of the society. The Science Forum will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, 23-24 November 2018.

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30 Nov 2018 · Supported Event

Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-6)

The 6th International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-6) will take place in Lucknow, India, from 27-30 November 2018.

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28 Oct 2018 · Event

BCGC's Anniversary and Congress

The BCGC programme of IUBS will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 10th International Symposia on Integrative Zoology (ISIZ) with the 2018 World Life Science Conference (2018 WLSC) that will be held on 28-30 October 2018 in the Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

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30 Jun 2018 · Supported Event

International Diatom Symposium

25th International Diatom Symposium, taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25-30 June 2018. Organised by the International Society for Diatom Research (ISDR).

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20 Apr 2018 · Supported Event

International Symposium on Pollination

International Symposium on Pollination, taking place at the Botanical Gardens in Berlin (Dahlem), Germany, from 16-20 April 2018. Organized by the International Commission on Plant Pollinator Relations (ICPPR).

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04 Apr 2018 · Supported Event

Symposium on Ciliate Biology

International Symposium on Ciliate Biology, will take place in New Delhi, India, from 4-6 April 2018.

The supporting International Society of Protistologists (ISOP) is one of IUBS's scientific members.

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Upcoming IUBS General Assembly

The next, the 33rd, General Assembly of the IUBS will take place in Norway in 2019 and will celebrate the centenary of the Union.

30 Jul 2019

IUBS Celebrating Its Centenary Year

IUBS was established in 1919.  It is celebrating its centenary year with special sessions and talks on a number of topics that are main focus of IUBS in the 33rd General Assembly and the Science Congress in Oslo, Norway on 30th July to 2st August 2019. 

Please mark your calendar. More information would be posted here soon...

Education and Outreach

Climate Change Education

IUBS is the Lead Partner and Implementation Agency for a global project on Climate Change Education - "TROP ICSU"

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Education and Outreach

Gender Gap in Science

IUBS is one of the partners for a global project on "Gender Gap in Science"

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