IUBS Commission for Biology Education

The Programmes website iubscbe.org unfortunately is no longer available. It still can be accessed via the Web Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20160110044024/http://iubscbe.org

The IUBS CBE was established in the early seventies as the Union's educational arm. Its major role is to formulate, initiate, and facilitate effective methods of improving education in the biological sciences and allied fields, including the applications and implications of biological studies. The Commission is also committed to assist in the international dissemination and exchange of information about biological education and it actsin a consultative capacity when appropriate. The IUBS CBE holds international conferences every four years. IUBS BioEd was held in China in 2012. In 18-22 September 2012, an officer with meet with the members of the European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany to further discussions for a joint meeting of IUBS BioEd 2016 with the 11th Conference of ERIDOB.  The IUBS CBE has rebuilt much of its website, which is available at iubscbe.org. IUBS's official journal, Biology International, frequently publishes whole volumes that are devoted to educational issues. Recent examples are: Vol. 47 Darwin 200: Evolution in Action; Vol. 49 Global Health has No Borders; and Vol. 50 Global Conservation Education.


Lorna Holtman

Steering Committee

John R. Jungck, Lorna Holtman, Shirley Lim, Liu Enshan, John Buckeridge, Montmori Hoshi, Michael Atchia, Andre Giordan, Anat Jarden, Chang-Hung Chou, Daniel Raichvarg, Maria Rui de Vilar Correia, Nina Vorobjeva, Franz Radits, Klara Lokos Toth,Atef Bouaziz Azzoura,Sonia Teppa, Peter Lockhart

Countries involved

USA, South Africa, Singapore, China, Australia, Japan, Mauritius, Switzerland, France, Israel,Taiwan, Portugal, Russia, Austria, Tunisia, Venezuala, New Zealand, United Kingdom  

Field of Research

Biology Education


The promotion of progressive pedagogies that focus on student learning, collaboration, international exchange, and use of contemporary technology. We try to address the United Nations' millennial goals in terms of public health, sustainability, biodiversity, and environmental issues.

How do we better prepare biology students in terms of (1) quantitative literacy, (2) technological prowess or appropriate skills of the 21st century, (3) sustainable and safe environmental practices, (4) protecting and serving biodiversity, and (5) practicing preventative public health measures.

(1) Explore the linkages among biological sciences, the environment, sustainable development and society; (2) Promote bioliteracy and education reforms that integrate biology, sustainability, health, wellbeing, ethics, and citizenship; (3) Provide recommendations for improving education worldwide in support of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability, adopted for 2005-2015.