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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18 Feb 2019 · Education and Outreach · Project

Gender Gap: Coordination Meeting

A coordination meeting of the Gender Gap Project took place on 18 and 19 February 2019 in Berlin at the  Einstein Center Digital Future. The partners  presented the results of the different tasks and prepare The International Conference that will be held from 4th to 8th November 2019 at ICTP Trieste.

11 Feb 2019 · Programme · Report

iCCB Report 2018 is online

The report of all activities of the iCCB programme in 2018 is now online.

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04 Feb 2019 · Programme · Report

BCGC Report is now online

The report of all activities of the BCGC programme in 2018 is now online.

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04 Nov 2018 · China Beijing · Event

The Symposium on the Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road (Pan-TPE)

Prof Nils Chr. Stenseth was met by the Chinese Vice Primer, Liu He in Nov 2018 in Beijing 

Date: 4th Nov 2018

Place: Beijing, China

Number of participants: 700

14 Oct 2018 · China Beijing · Programme

Launch of Global Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) Alliance

On October 14, Global Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) Alliance was launched at Beijing Institute of Genomics in Beijing. Representatives from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Russia, Singapore, and the United States attended the inauguration ceremony, which was witnessed by officials from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Science and Technology.

Prof. Yiming Bao of Beijing Institute of Genomics was elected as the Chairperson of the Alliance.

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03 Sep 2018 · Event

The 6th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management and the 16th Rodent et Spatium

Prof Zhibin Zhang (the 2nd from right) receiving his Life Time Recognition of Excellence and Contribution Award at the 6th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management, 3 Sept 2018, Potsdam, Germany

Date: 3-7 Sept 2018; Place: Potsdam, Germany; Number of participants: 300

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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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.

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Initiative · Egypt · Event

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 took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, 23-24 November 2018.

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01 May 2019 · Programme · Event · ICPPR

Workshop on Managed Pollinators

Ecological Intensification in Agroecosystems: Application of managed pollinators to crop protection and production

We propose an initial Interdisciplinary workshop to assemble an international team of experts to address how to transfer this successful technology to crops around the world and to provide a win-win situation for growers from cottage industry to large scale plantations. A special working group is being organized within the ICPPR to allow effective communication worldwide.

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30 Nov 2018 · Young Scientists · Supported Event

Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-6)

The 6th International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-6) took place in Lucknow, India, from 27-30 November 2018. IUBS supported participation of 42 young scientists in this conference.

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28 Oct 2018 · China Beijing · Programme · Event

BCGC's Anniversary, Congress and The 10th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology

The BCGC programme of IUBS celebrated its 10th anniversary during the 10th International Symposium on Integrative Zoology (ISIZ) with the 2018 World Life Science Conference (2018 WLSC) that was held on 27-31 October 2018 in the Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

150 participants attended the symposium.


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30 Jun 2018 · Young Scientists · Supported Event · Germany

International Diatom Symposium

25th International Diatom Symposium, was organized in Seminaries and Botanical Garden Berlin, Germany, from 25th to 30th  June 2018 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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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 scientific sessions in Oslo, Norway on 30th July to 2nd August 2019. 

Please mark your calendar. Event registrations are free and open to all. More information here.

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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 : 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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