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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IUBS Action Plan

During the General Assembly, the IUBS members review and approve the scientific programs that will be implemented during the triennium. The Executive Committee can also establish new initiatives. Here is an overview of the activities currently supported by IUBS.

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01 Aug 2019

IUBS elects new Executive Committee at 33rd GA at Oslo

The year 2019 marks the centenary of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). IUBS has had glorious 100 years: full of landmark contributions to research in biology at large and its application of science of biology for agriculture, medicine, conservation of biodiversity and for sustainable development. 

On this special occasion, IUBS just concluded a special General Assembly with various sessions under the theme “A Century of Unifying Biology” on 30th July, followed by reflections on the history of IUBS. 

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IUBS: 100 Years of Glorious History

Executive Summary: The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS; founded in 1919), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, promotes open science and open data policy and guidelines in the domains of bio-nomenclature/biodiversity, public health, agriculture, etc. It is taking a leading role in Convention of Biodiversity (CBD), Climate Change Education, Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BDHD), etc. IUBS itself has aligned with the changing world of the 21st century by closely working with other science and social science unions in addressing the challenges posed by global warming, deforestation, increased human/livestock migration, rapid urbanization, invasive species, new epidemics, etc. The international scope of the scientists that IUBS can bring to bear on the relevant issues is its major contribution to both science and leadership.

 

IUBS: its glorious history: IUBS was founded in 1919. At that time, Biology was one discipline. IUBS initiated the International Committee on Bionomenclature and has sponsored the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) for many years. Several IUBS scientific members dealing with this topic have their origin either in former IUBS commissions or sessions in its Congresses: they include the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi, International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature, International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants, Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area, Biodiversty Information Standards (Taxonomic Database Working Group).

 

Subsequently, with deeper and wider scope of its understanding, biology’s sub-disciplines became more prominent and thereby many new Unions emerged from IUBS – for example, the International Union of Microbiology Societies (IUMS), International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS, from which International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology was spun off) and even the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) was briefly a Section of IUBS in the Division of Zoology, before gaining Union status in 1955 of then International Council for Science (ICSU; now International Science Council, ISC).

 

Biology – in the past three decades: As Biology became too vast a discipline and with exponential increase in the size of the community, it resulted in more and more sub-disciplines trying to address biological phenomena in isolation. It also changed the way Biology was funded globally, by public funding agencies, or charity trusts or R&D funding by profit-oriented companies. They all aimed at achieving focused deliverables in the shortest time periods. Added to this, experimental technology and data handling ability were limited to make this vast field more integrated to address biological questions at the systems-level. This resulted in the decline of importance of looking at Biological phenomena at holistic-levels.

 

IUBS as a global leader in Integrated Biological sciences in the 21st Century: With better understanding of Gene-Environment interactions and ease of handling large amounts of data coming from genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and phenomics, 21st century biological science is all about integrated approaches to study living systems along their entire scale of size and spectrum of complexity, from chemistry to biochemistry to physiology to organismal to population to ecosystem. IUBS has risen to this new opportunities and challenges. Additionally, the impacts of climate change, rapid urbanization, and decreased forest cover have emphasized the importance of activities (such as biodiversity, ecology and evolution, bio-nomenclature, taxonomy etc.) that are traditionally represented and supported only by IUBS among the science unions. This is reflected in the fact that IUBS was leading the biocluster of the International Council for Science (ICSU) just before its merger with ISSC to form International Science Council (ISC).

 

More importantly, IUBS is leading the Science of Biodiversity forum at COP-CBD in framing science-based policy and guidelines on conservation, open access to information/knowledge and access to benefit sharing. IUBS has been invited by the European Commission to translate the outcomes of global science-policy processes on biodiversity and ecosystem services into action at the European scale and, vice versa, to ensure that European science-policy processes contribute to the global debate and action. IUBS is also an active member of the Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative for Western European and Others Group (WEOG) to provide scientific and technical inputs to achieve their national biodiversity targets.

 

IUBS-financed activities: IUBS has been able to provide financial support to initiate a relatively large number of international programs, which in turn have resulted in major international research programs such as Integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB), Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC), International Commission for Bionomenclature (ICB), Unifying Biology Through Informatics (UBTI), Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BDHD), AgroEcosystems: managed pollinators, and Pastoralism. IUBS is the lead partner in ISC (formerly ICSU)-sponsored Climate Change Education program (TROP ICSU) involving a large number of other unions representing different disciplines of sciences and social sciences. IUBS has committed financial support too for this from its own resources. IUBS is also a partner, both in activities and in providing financial support, to the Gender Gap project of ISC (formerly ICSU). In addition, IUBS supports many conferences, particularly to facilitate participation of young scientists.

 

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20 Mar 2020 · Statement

COVID-19: Time to reiterate our commitment to internationalisation of science

IUBS expresses its solidarity with all those medical specialists and scientists from around the world working round the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to treat individuals who have been infected and to develop new drugs and vaccines and more importantly those who are providing essential services such as delivery of food, medicine, security etc. IUBS expresses condolences to those who have succumbed to the viral infection. 

In these difficult times, it is important that we all do our bit towards ameliorating the situation. Precaution without panic is the key, along with ensuring that only factually and scientifically correct information is circulated within our communities and society at large. 

Authentic and latest information by World Health Organization (WHO) about the COVID-19 pandemic is available here 

In this time of global crisis, IUBS reiterates its commitment to facilitate collaborations between biologists from across the world, free access to scientific information and democratisation of knowledge.

This crisis is also a reminder that we all take up, on war-footing, issues of climate change and put in place actions to achieve sustainable developmental goals. The loss of life and impact on economy just due to one pandemic is a warning of what future generations may face, if we do not act now.

IUBS is proud to have seeded initiatives such as Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC), integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB), Open Biodiversity and Heath Big Data (BHBD) etc, which have generated vital data, and have built international teams of experts to comprehensively study impact of global change. IUBS would continue to support such initiatives and facilitate advancing the primary results to the next stage, which would be useful to predict and prevent pandemic such as COVID-19 in future.

31 Jan 2017 · Statement

IUBS endorses ICSU's statement against US-immigration ban

The International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which is effectively banning entry to the United States for citizens of seven countries. In the opinion of the Council, the Order is inappropriately broad. ICSU is concerned about the negative effects the Order will have on the freedom of scientific exchange among scientists and students of science worldwide, resulting in negative impacts on the progress of science, and impeding societies around the globe from benefitting from this progress. IUBS shares the concerns of ICSU in this issue. IUBS also is concerned about the freedom to invite for conferences, like the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), which feels to be required to refrain from supporting any conferences in the US until any such ban is lifted. IUBS also is concerned about the free exchange of scientific information, like the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Our Partners

The IUBS is a founding member of the International Science Council (ISC), and contributes its scientific committees and programmes. The Union closely collaborates with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), developing joint programmes for research, training and education.

IUBS maintains formal relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

The Union also works with the European Commission as well as numerous other organisations, agencies,  foundations and international unions that are concerned with research and development related to the biological and life sciences.

List of IUBS Partners

Partners of the TROP ICSU (Climate Change Education) Project

The TROP ICSU - Climate Change Education project has been funded by the International Science Council (ISC) in its initial phase (2017-2019). The project is led by IUBS, and the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) is the co-lead partner.

The project partners include other international unions, national academies of several countries, national research centers, and United Nations agencies.

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23 Mar 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum

IUBS scientists propose recommendations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Working with an international, multidisciplinary team, IUBS scientists have published an article in Science Advances: “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.” The article reviews eight actions for addressing biodiversity loss in food systems – from removing incentives harmful to biodiversity to reducing food waste and promoting sustainable diets – and examines the challenges and opportunities of implementing the actions in the UK and Peru.

The article proposes targets for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's post-2020 global biodiversity framework. In combination with broader actions by diverse actors, the targets can support transformative change for sustainable food systems.

 

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16 Mar 2021 · Report

Year 2020 Activity Reports for IUBS Programmes published

Activity Reports for various IUBS Programmes are published are available on the website now.

Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists Activity Report 2020

Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data Initiative (BHBD) Activity Report 2020

Global Integrative Pastoralism Project (GIPP) Activity Report 2020

Conservation of PaleoBiology in Africa (CPIA) Activity Report 2020

Science of Pollution-Tolerant and Climate-Resistant Plants Activity Report 2020

TROP ICSU Highlights in 2020

 

11 Jan 2021 · IYBSSD

IUBS signs a MoU for the organization of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

Several international scientific unions wish to act together as the Founding Unions to organize an International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) in 2022, under the aegis of UNESCO and with the collaboration of UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). Several scientific organizations, the Founding Partners fully support this initiative.

On 11th January 2021, IUBS President L S Shashidhara signed with Michel Spiro, the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the Chair of the IYBSSD Executive Committee, a MoU on behalf of IUBS for the organization of IYBSSD. By signing this MoU, IUBS joins the list of the Founding Unions in the IYBSSD organization. 

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10 Dec 2020 · ICPPR

Study of managed bees and Kenyan strawberries

A recently published study about managed bees showcases their role as pollinators and vectors of biocontrol agents in strawberry plantations in Kenya. Kenyan researchers carried out a comparative study between strawberry plantations with managed bees and with the regular farmer practices. This study observed that the managed bees proved effective in increasing the quality, yield and vectoring the control against grey mold disease. 

This project was supported by IUBS through a project operated by Arthur Dobbs Institute under the Scientific Programme of   'Agroecosystems and Managed Pollinators'.

More information about the study is available here.

(Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay)

04 Nov 2020 · ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nunes-Silva awarded by ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nune-Silva was honored this October for her service to Pollination Biology (Anthocology) by ICPPR. A special certificate has been awarded  to her in the recognition of her services from Botanical, Zoological, Ecological and Evolutionary interdisciplinary perspectives. 

27 Aug 2020 · IUSS

FAO – IUSS – GSP Booklet contest for children on Soil Biodiversity

In the framework of World Soil Day (WSD) 2020, FAO, IUSS and GSP launched a scientific children's book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity". FAO, IUSS and GSP invite all those interested in soil and biodiversity - soil scientists, researchers, professors, teachers, classrooms, individual students, soil practitioners, designers, photographers or experts from any professional background - to submit their freestyle book proposal by 10 November 2020.

The objectives of the contest are to: (1) Promote scientific knowledge and give visibility to the importance of soil biodiversity; (2) Raise awareness of the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity; (3) Stimulate educational activities, engagement and participation of young people and schools in soil science.

In the submission email, author(s) must fill out and submit the mandatory Registration form.

The winner will receive a cash prize of 1 000 USD, second and third prize will receive a cash prize of 500 USD and 250 USD respectively from IUSS and FAO’s GSP. The winners will be announced on World Soil Day, 5 December 2020.

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11 Jul 2020 · Taxonomy / Nomenclature

Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists Programme suggests Ten Principles for Taxonomy

In a recent paper, the members of the IUBS Scientific Programme "Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists" suggest a set of ten principles for creating and governing lists of the world’s species, and a proposed governance mechanism for ensuring that the lists are well-managed and broadly acceptable. Prof. Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, the paper’s lead author and one of the Leaders of the  Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists programme says, "Listing all species may sound routine, but is a difficult and complex task. Currently no single, agreed list of species is available. Instead, some iconic groups of organisms such as mammals and birds have several competing lists, while other less well-known groups have none."

This causes problems for organizations and governments that need reliable, agreed, scientifically defensible and accurate lists for the purposes of conservation, international treaties, biosecurity, and regulation of trade in endangered species. The lack of an agreed list of all species also hampers researchers studying Earth’s biodiversity. The new paper outlines a potential solution in the form of a set of ten principles for global taxonomic lists and a governance mechanism for them. 

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30 Jun 2020 · Zoonotic Diseases · ISZS

IUBS establishes a working group on Zoonotic Diseases

With the objectives to promote integrative studies on zoonotic diseases among scientists of different disciplines, so as to reveal the transmission pattern and dynamic of key zoonotic diseases which is imposing high threat to humans, to training young scientists and students in field of zoonotic diseases, and to provide advices or knowledge to governments and the public for disease prevention and control, IUBS announces the establishment of a working group on Zoonotic Diseases. The group is chaired by Dr Santiago Merino Rodriguez and Zhibin Zhang.

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23 Jun 2020 · IUSS

IUBS congratulates Prof. Rattan Lal for World Food Prize 2020

IUBS congratulates Prof. Rattan Lal for being awarded the prestigious 2020 World Food Prize  for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. 

Prof. Lal serves as Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and founding Director of the Carbon Management & Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University (OSU).  A native of India and a citizen of the United States, Prof. Rattan Lal, has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems. Dr Lal has served as the President of International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in the past.

IUBS is committed to work on biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem function and services, food and health issues of the world by bringing scientists from across the globe. IUBS fondly remembers Prof. Lal's active involvement in the 100th year GA at Oslo, and will continue to work with IUSS and Prof. Lal to the greater cause of the world. 

(Image: Prof. Lal at IUBS Centenary Event at Oslo, 2019)

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20 Mar 2020 · Statement · Zoonotic Diseases

COVID-19: Time to reiterate our commitment to internationalisation of science

IUBS expresses its solidarity with all those medical specialists and scientists from around the world working round the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to treat individuals who have been infected and to develop new drugs and vaccines and more importantly those who are providing essential services such as delivery of food, medicine, security etc. IUBS expresses condolences to those who have succumbed to the viral infection. 

In these difficult times, it is important that we all do our bit towards ameliorating the situation. Precaution without panic is the key, along with ensuring that only factually and scientifically correct information is circulated within our communities and society at large. 

Authentic and latest information by World Health Organization (WHO) about the COVID-19 pandemic is available here 

In this time of global crisis, IUBS reiterates its commitment to facilitate collaborations between biologists from across the world, free access to scientific information and democratisation of knowledge.

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10 Jul 2020 · Taxonomy / Nomenclature

First Workshop for Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists

In February 2020 the first of a series of three IUBS supported workshops under the 'Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists' Programme was held in Darwin Australia to help develop a governance framework for taxonomists and the users of taxonomy that they can then use to decide which names should be used by society, while continuing to encourage taxonomic research.

The purpose of the workshop was to start resolving the outstanding issues surrounding a set of principles for unified list creation and refine them for publication as the first stage in developing a conversation among the global community of taxonomists and the users of taxonomy. Further activities will include development and submission of manuscripts on achievements and gaps in global list assembly, a governance regime for a global list describing the potential to shift from polycentric to federalist governance, the minimum requirements for inclusion on a global list, and balancing the scientific independence of taxonomy with an aspiration to involve users of taxonomic lists. 

26 Feb 2020 · USA

USA rejoins IUBS

IUBS warmly welcomes the renewal of memebership of the National Academy of Sciences, United States of America. The proceedings of the approval of membership renewal were conducted via an electronic General Assembly. It ensured to meet the IUBS statutes and in accordance with the resolution taken at the last GA.

 

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26 Feb 2020 · Gender Equality · Education and Outreach

Gender Equality project accomplishments featured by ISC

The Gender Gap project has been funded by the International Science  Council (ISC) during the first phase (2017-2019), along with several international science unions. The motive, accomplishments and key findings of the project have been featured by ISC in an online article published in February 2020.  The article can be found here.

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26 Feb 2020 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU accomplishments featured by ISC

The TROP ICSU project has been funded by the International Science  Council (ISC) during the first phase (2017-2019). The accomplishments of TROP ICSU, feedback from various stake-holders and future plans have been featured by ISC in an online article published in February 2020. Representative feedback received from various stake-holders such as participants of educators workshops, undergraduate students, members of partner unions and the motive behind the TROP ICSU project are included in this article. The article can be found here.

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21 Feb 2020 · ICMAP

European Network EOHUB (Challenges in the Field of Essential Oils) to sign partnership agreement with ICMAP

IUBS member society, the International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) is envisioning closer collaboration with EOHUB. As a first step, a partnership agreement is to be signed.

Founded on March 21, 2019, the European Network on Challenges in the Field of Essential Oils, aims to contribute to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, through stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of Essential Oils, a project fitting within the EU 2020 strategy. EOHUB aims to strengthen partnerships and increase the capacity of higher education institutions and business to integrate research results and innovative practice into the educational offer.

EOHUB free Newsletter can be  accessed at https://eohubbio.eu/eohub-second-newsletter/

Downlodable information is available here.

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11 Feb 2020 · Gender Equality

Gender Gap in Science Book Published

IUBS is one of the ten partners in the ISC funded project  "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?". All the findings, conclusions and recommendationf of the project are now available as a downloadable book. The preliminary version of the book is available here. It contains a set of Recommendations for Instructor and Parents, for Local Organizations and for Scientific Unions.

The results of findings of the surveys and studies done via this project were presented in a recent conference held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy in November 2019. They were also disucssed in a recent event of the celebration of the  International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 was co-organized by UNESCO on 7th February 2020.

More information about the book can be found here.

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16 Dec 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU at COP25 Madrid, Spain

The TROP ICSU project was represented at three sessions on climate education at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25, held in Madrid from 2 December to 13 December 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

TROP ICSU was invited to participate in 3 sessions on climate education at COP 25: at the IPCC-WMO pavilion, at the EU pavilion, and at the French pavilion.

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31 Oct 2019 · IUGG

IUBS received the IUGG plaque

IUBS received the IUGG plaque in recognition of our significant partnership. IUGG is an important partner in our inter-union project TROP ICSU.

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03 Aug 2019 · Slovak Republic

Slovakia rejoins IUBS

IUBS warmly welcomes the renewal of the membership of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Karol Marhold, from the Slovak Academy of Science and Hiroyuki Takeda, then IUBS President participated in the membership renewal procedure at the 33rd IUBS Genral Assembly at Oslo, Norway.

 

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Events
13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Supported Event · Event

Organization of Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity

The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) will include five virtual sessions to be held on 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23 April 2021. The sessions will last up to 120 minutes, starting at 6 am (Montreal Time). The event is financially supported by University of Tokyo and IUBS.

The objective of this Science-Policy dialogue would aim to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision. 

Register here (free and open to all)

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13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day1: Opening Session: 13th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

13 April 2021: Opening of the joint event (6:00 am - 6:30 am)
SESSION 1 – Part 1: A framework for transition: towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)

The Co-chairs on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will present the goals, targets and indicators in the draft framework, and key scientists will provide an overview of how science, including social sciences, could better support planning, policy making, implementation and monitoring.

Breakout Group 1Advancing solutions for transition (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This session will explore the feasibility, approaches, needs, opportunities and challenges of using scenarios and models as possible practical solutions to inform policymaking and decision-making towards the achievement of the Zero net biodiversity loss.Through this session, speakers and participants will discuss how new NFF can be operationalized and localized to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and several of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Breakout Group 2Enabling conditions for transitioning to zero net habitat loss (zero net deforestation, land degradation and land use change) (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This breakout group will reflect on findings of recent research reports, such as the IUBS Report on “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework”, to facilitate a dialogue with 2 experts followed by questions and answers.

Followed by Q&A

CLOSING: (8:40 am - 9:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

Registration (free registration, open to all)

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15 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day2: 15th April 2021

Session2Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

This roundtable will explore measures needed to improve the mobilization and sharing of data, information and knowledge required to support the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Participants will, inter alia, explore options for promoting the establishment of biodiversity monitoring systems and protocols, discuss policies and best practices to ensure that data is shared in standardized formats to enable re-use and universal access; and identify indicators and tools to ensure that data, information and knowledge are made available in formats that can support policy and decision making, planning and implementation relating to biodiversity.

Block 1: The data challenge

Block 2: Key data needs

Block 3: The data and monitoring investment

Final discussion, questions from audience

Reinforce key messages and aim for ‘call for action’ responses with a particular focus on upcoming SBSTTA and SBI meetings. 

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19 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day3: 19th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 3: Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework  (6:00 am - 6:35 am)

This session will provide an opportunity to further discuss how science, technology and innovation could be better harnessed to support the implementation of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, especially at the regional, national and local levels. This will build on the outcomes of the UN Summit on Biodiversity (Leaders’ Dialogue 2) held in September 2020.

Breakout Group 1 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)
Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods: Implications for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The breakout discussion will consider the following questions:

  1. Successful policy requires understanding of the relationship between nature and livelihoods. What gaps in sciences still need to be filled?
  2. On management, what are the enabling conditions for better solutions to the intertwined crises of biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change and livelihoods?

Breakout Group 2 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)

The current landscape of renewable energy technologies and applications, and its impact on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

Breakout group 2 will consider the following questions:

  • How different renewable energy technologies can drive ecosystem change and contribute to biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration as nature-based solutions (NbS)?
  • How can we promote a sustainable energy transition without losing biodiversity and producing negative social impacts?
  • How policies and projects of renewable energy and NbS can be operationalized and implemented to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals?

Closing (7:40 am - 8:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

Registration (free registration, open to all)

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21 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day4: 21st April 2021

Session 4: Links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases

(10:00 am - 11:30 am Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone)

Today, more than ever before, the links between biodiversity loss and the emergence of new zoonotic diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19 are undeniable.  “The continuing loss of biodiversity on a global scale represents both direct and indirect threats to our health and wellbeing. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem change, including through land use change, habitat fragmentation and loss, and climate change, can increase the risk of disease emergence and spread among people, animals and other living species.” An IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics also noted that pandemics will emerge more often and spread more rapidly in the future, unless there is a transformative change in the global approach to dealing with the links between nature degradation and zoonotic diseases.

This session will focus on the issue of health and biodiversity. Scientists will discuss and make recommendations to guide the world community on possible ways to avoid or minimize future pandemics by restoring the balance between nature and humans.

Followed by Q&A

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23 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day5: 23rd April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 5 : Young Scholars and Professionals Session: Ecological Restoration - framing challenges and opportunities (6:00 am - 7:30 am)

The UN has declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration. In this session we have invited young scholars and professionals to discuss and give examples of new initiatives of ecological restoration and nature-based solutions from many different habitats in many different parts of the world. 

SDG Labs - Biodiversity-Solutions for Change (7:45 am - 8:45 am)

The SDG LABS is a virtual session with 5 teams from different continents, addressing how various biodiversity-utilizing approaches can be used as a soliton for achieving sustainability. The biodiversity-based SDG Labs are groups that bring together participants from a range of research disciplines and sectors of society to develop solutions to complex problems that help to make progress towards implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Closing Session (8:45 am - 9:15 am)

Remarks will be made by representatives of co-organizing institutions.

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26 Apr 2021 · Supported Event · Event · ISZS

Mini-symposium on Zoonotic Disease and 12th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ)

IUBS and the International Society of Zoonotic Sciences (ISZS) organise a Virtual Mini-symposium on Zoonotic Disease and 12th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ)  on 26th April 2021.

The theme of this program is to promote integrative studies on zoonotic diseases among scientists of different disciplines, so as to reveal the transmission pattern and dynamic of key zoonotic diseases which are imposing a high threat to humans. Serial mini-symposia (held on 26 April and 27 September 2021) are a part of the activities for the ISZS/IUBS Zoonotic Diseases Working Group.

The program is free and open to all.

Registration link here.

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27 Apr 2021 · Webinar · Supported Event · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: Third Lecture: “Gombe and Beyond”

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

The third lecture in the IUBS Webinar Series will be delivered by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, on 27th April 2021, at 1:30 pm GMT.  The title of the webinar is: “Gombe and Beyond”. An ethologist and environmentalist, with ongoing research spanning more than six decades, Dr. Goodall is a pioneer in studying the behavior, social organization, and cognitive abilities of chimpanzees. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace.

The second lecture of the Webinar Series was delivered on 10th March 2021 by Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning biologist, educator, film producer, author and science communicator on “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity".

The first lecture of the webinar series was delivered by Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate on “Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” on 2nd October 2020.

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10 Mar 2021 · Webinar · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: "The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity"

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

The first lecture of the webinar series was delivered by Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate on “Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” on 2nd October 2020.

The second lecture of the Webinar Series will be delivered on 10th March 2021 by Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning biologist, educator, film producer, author and science communicator on

“The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity”

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02 Oct 2020 · Webinar · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: In conversation with Rattan Lal, this year’s World Food Prize Winner

Since the establishment in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies, IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food & nutrition, health etc.

The first Lecture of this Webinar Series was delivered by Prof Rattan Lal, this year’s World Food Prize Awardee and he spoke on "Forgetting How to Tend the Soil”, on 2nd October 2020. For details, read more.

 

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28 Feb 2020 · Supported Event · South Africa · ISZS

Announcement of 23rd International Congress of Zoology

The 23rd International Congress of Zoology (ICZ) by the Zoological Society of Southern Africa, which was supposed to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2020 is now rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is rescheduled in November 2021.

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07 Feb 2020 · Gender Equality · Event

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020

The celebration of the  International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 was co-organized by UNESCO with the participation of the International Science Council (ISC) at Paris on 7th February 2020.  The invited speakers and participants discussed the issue of gender gap in science, the conclusions of the collaborative global project, “Gender Gap in Science : A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?” by ISC.

IUBS is one of the partners for a global project.The findings of the project can be found here. These findings were presented in a recent Conference held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy in November 2019.

L S Shashidhara, the president of IUBS and Catharine Jami of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, participated in the event as speakers.

A detailed news by ISC about the event can be found here.

Event Podcasts made by the International Science Council are available here.

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30 Jan 2020 · Education and Outreach · Event · UK

Higher Education: global engagement to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (WP1755)

IUBS participated in the event organized by Wilton Park and Association of Commonwealth Universities. It explored the ways in which the higher education sector can actively engage with and be supported to contribute fully to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. This event organized in UK, brought together leaders who are leading the strategies of Universities and their international outreach, together with academic and other experts on the SDGs. Dr Nathalie Fomproix represented IUBS in the event.

A downloadable Event Report is available here.

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03 Dec 2019 · Conference · Event

Colloque COFUSI commémoratif du centenaire

2019 is the centenary year of IUBS, IUA, IUPAC, IUGG and URSI whose first presidents were all French and members of the Académie des sciences. The COFUSI organized an interdisciplinary colloquium at the Academy.

Yvon Le Maho was the representative of IUBS and made a presentation on “Nature as a source of biomedical innovation”.

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24 Nov 2019 · Conference · Event

IUBS in World Science Forum November 2019, Budapest

IUBS participated in the Thematic Sessions Iv. B. “Beyond SDGs - Science For Well-Being” organised by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), International Science Council (ISC). Nathalie Fomproix, the Executive Director of IUBS represented IUBS in the event.

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22 Nov 2019 · Egypt · Conference · Supported Event · Event

Cairo Science Forum

"The Cairo Science Forum: Science Diplomacy and Recent Developments in Biology" held on 19-21 November 2019 in Cairo, Egypt was co-sponsored by IUBS. The conference promotes exchanges between colleagues from all over the world and from all biological sub-disciplines – and beyond – in order to promote biological research across these disciplines.

 

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Programme

Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity

IUBS possesses core strengths in integrative biology that contribute to better understanding of life and its diversity. In this context, IUBS has been actively partnering with the "Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)" since 1998. A specific example of its active role is in the organization of meetings of “Science for Biodiversity Forum” at the CBD, framing policies with scientific information for the attainment of the goals of the conventions. IUBS supplements these core strengths by integrating information from other areas of biology, and from the physical sciences and humanities, to help solve major environmental problems.

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Initiative

Zoonotic Diseases

With the objectives to promote integrative studies on zoonotic diseases among scientists of different disciplines, so as to reveal the transmission pattern and dynamic of key zoonotic diseases which is imposing high threat to humans, to training young scientists and students in field of zoonotic diseases, and to provide advices or knowledge to governments and the public for disease prevention and control, IUBS announces the establishment of a working group on Zoonotic Diseases. The group is chaired by Dr Santiago Merino Rodriguez and Zhibin Zhang.

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Scientific Programmes

One of IUBS’ main activities is to initiate, facilitate and coordinate research and other scientific activities necessitating international, interdisciplinary cooperation. IUBS conducts international collaborative scientific programmes in close cooperation with its ordinary and scientific members.

The IUBS currently runs several programmes, concerning education, climate change, and biodiversity to name a few. In the past the IUBS has successfully completed programmes concerning ethics, biodiversity change or traditional knowledge.

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30 Jul 2019

IUBS Centenary Year and a Webinar Series

IUBS was established in 1919.  It celebrated its centenary year with special sessions and talks on a number of topics that were main focus of IUBS in the 33rd General Assembly and Scientific Sessions in Oslo, Norway on 30th July to 2nd August 2019. 

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

More information about the Webinar Series is here.

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Education and Outreach

Climate Change Education

Together with the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) IUBS is the leading the Climate Change Education project TROP ICSU. The project was funded by the International Science Council (ISC) during the first phase 2017-2019.

The project aims to identify, through a consultative mechanism, most relevant curricula and efficient pedagogical tools, and outreach and citizen science programs to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem function and services and human health and diseases; and ways to address these problems in the coming years.

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Gender Equality in Science

IUBS has established a Working Group to address the gender gap in Biology. IUBS is also a founded member of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality in Science

IUBS is one of the partners for a global project on "Gender Gap in Science : A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?"

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