The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, established in 1919. Its objectives are:
to promote the study of biological sciences
to initiate, facilitate and coordinate research and other scientific activities necessitating international, interdisciplinary cooperation
to ensure the discussion and dissemination of the results of cooperative research, particularly in connection with IUBS scientific programmes
to support the organisation of international conferences and assist in the publication of their reports.