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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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.

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).

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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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06 Jul 2017 · IUBS

Board Meeting

Board members (from left): Vice President Regine Jahn, Executive Committee Member Lily Rodriguez, President Hiroyuki Takeda, Treasurer Santiago Merino (connected to the meeting via video), Secretary General LS Shashidhara, and three Executive Committee Members Alexey Kotov, Yongbiao Xue and Peter Kevan. Photo: IUBS

IUBS's Executive Board met on 6th and 7th July 2017 in Paris. They discussed how to implement the next steps in the scientific programmes, which were chosen in the General Assembly.

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01 Jul 2017

EFSA Looks for Experts

Since IUBS is a recognized partner of the Expertise Program in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) it likes to draw attention to the call of the organisation, which is located in Parma, Italy. EFSA is inviting over 200 independent expert scientists wishing to be considered for membership to a specific Scientific Panel at EFSA. In these, they will carry out scientific assessments and develop related assessment methodologies. Deadline for applications from people who want to contribute to protecting public health in Europe is 8th September 2017.

More details at the EFSA website

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12 Jun 2017

Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site should be Natural Heritage

IUBS supported the application to list The Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site including the cliffs, the adjacent wave cut platform and the immediate sub-tidal zone as a Natural Heritage Site. A description of this unique fossil harbouring site, which covers the time and Earth's history 5 to 6 million years ago, is provided in the XXVIII. Appendix F Fossil report for Heritage Listing.

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01 Jun 2017 · Politics · IUBS

NATURE: IUBS suggested to facilitate and integrate taxonomy

Entitled "Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation" two authors suggest that IUBS could solve the classification of complex organisms, which according to them is in chaos. In the journal Nature (546: 25–27, 1 June 2017, doi: 10.1038/546025a) Stephen T. Garnett and Les Christidis propose, that the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) shall be the leading institution to overcome differences in taxonomic decisions to define species across all organism groupss. The authors argue that failure to govern taxonomy threatens effectiveness of global efforts to halt biodiversity loss and damages the credibility of science. Therefore, they propose four steps how IUBS could act to overcome existing shortcomings.

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04 Nov 2017


IUBS sponsors the attendance of young scientists to the 17th International Symposium on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIOMAT 2017) conference, which will be organized from 29th October to 4th November in Russia.

Details at the conference website

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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.


IUBS in brief

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) is the only international body that covers all disciplines of biological and life sciences. As a non-profit, non-governmental umbrella organisation, it promotes integrative and interdisciplinary biology through networks, conferences, publications and education to understand and manage our biosphere. The IUBS unites and speaks for more than 110 national academies, international scientific societies and research groups of diverse biological disciplines from all over the world.

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