19 Apr 2022 · Taxonomy / Nomenclature

Survey on the Governance of Taxonomic Lists

The Global Species List Working Group, under the auspices of the International Union for Biological Sciences, is investigating the potential creation of a single global list of species.

We invite you to participate in a survey investigating the opinions of taxonomists and users of taxonomic information toward the development and governance of a global species list. Click below and select your preferred language from the drop down menu at the top of the page for information about this survey in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, or Simplified Chinese. [Pour les francophones, cliquez ci-dessous. Chi parla italiano clicca qui sotto. Para hispanohablantes, haga clic a continuación. Para falantes de protuguês, clique abaixo.  ]

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This survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. We ask that you please respond no later than May 17, 2022.

All responses to this survey are strictly confidential and anonymous. We do not collect any personal information and there is no way to link your responses to you. The results of the survey will be shared in publications, fact sheets, and presentations. Anonymous survey data will also be posted to a public data repository.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions with us. With your help, we can advance the field of taxonomy and provide users of taxonomic information what they need to make informed decisions.

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01 Apr 2022 · Publication · Zoonotic Diseases

An Article by Working Group on Zoonotic Diseases Published

An article by the Working Group on Zoonotic Diseases is published in Zoonoses Volume 2 recently. The article is titled as "The Animal Origin of Major Human Infectious Diseases: What Can Past Epidemics Teach Us About Preventing the Next Pandemic?".


Emerging infectious diseases are one of the greatest public health challenges. Approximately three-quarters of these diseases are of animal origin. These diseases include classical zoonoses maintained in humans only via transmission from other vertebrates (e.g., rabies) and those initiated by a successful one-off zoonotic event (host-switch) in conjunction with efficient human-to-human transmission (e.g., H1N1 influenza). Here, we provide a systematic review, in conjunction with a meta-analysis and spatial risk modeling, to identify the major characteristics of past epidemics of animal origin and predict areas with high future disease emergence risk. Countermeasures against future pandemics of animal origin must focus on several key mechanisms. First, the eco-epidemiological contexts favoring spillover events must be clearly establish. Second, pathogen surveillance must be scaled up, particularly in taxa and/or eco-geographic areas with high disease emergence risk. Third, successful spillover risk must be mitigated through proactive strategies to interrupt animal-to-human transmission chains. Fourth, to decrease epidemic potential and prevent epidemics from becoming pandemics, improved source identification and real-time spatial tracking of diseases are crucial. Finally, because pandemics do not respect international borders, enhancing international collaboration is critical to improving preparedness and response.

Key words: disease ecology, emerging infectious disease, pathogen, parasite, zoonoses

Article link here

DOI: 10.15212/ZOONOSES-2021-0028

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07 Mar 2022 · Statement

IUBS joins the global community in strongly condemning the violent invasion of Ukraine

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) joins the global community of scientists, including many from Russia, in strongly condemning the violent invasion of Ukraine, violating all international laws and norms. IUBS expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainians suffering from this war and stands for all the people invaded, oppressed and suppressed anywhere in the world.

Modern Biology has given us deep insights into human evolution, our close relatedness and our spread across the world, which compels us to respect and endorse diversity in human appearance, physiology, language and culture. Given the gloomy situation the world is facing, there is an urgent need to spread scientific principles and empathy in the societies to achieve sustainable and equitable development across the globe. It is irrational and unscientific to adopt any of kind of armed conflicts. It is unbelievably worrying that a state-sponsored war, an archaic way of settling disputes by causing deaths and sorrow, is used instead of fair negotiation respecting self-determination and cooperation. IUBS calls for immediate ceasefire to all armed conflicts and urge all concerned to engage in free and fair discussions to promote friendship and cooperation across the borders. 

It is time to focus on achieving sustainable developmental goals and address the problems of climate change, all of which need close collaborations across the nations. IUBS commits to the doctrine of OneEarth, OneWorld and OneHumanity.

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ISC Statement

ISC Members Statements

Statement of the Russian Academy of Sciences

03 Dec 2021 · IYBSSD

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly for 2022

On 2nd December 2021, The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

With this resolution, the United Nations General Assembly ‘invites all [its] Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other global, regional and subregional organisations, as well as other relevant stakeholders, including academia, civil society, inter alia, international and national non-governmental organisations, individuals, and the private sector, to observe and raise awareness of the importance of basic sciences for sustainable development, in accordance with national priorities’.

IUBS is one of the founding members of IYBSSD 2022 with Dr Lily Rodriguez, repressing IUBS, as Co-Chair of the steering committee. 

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD2022) will be officially inaugurated with an opening conference 30 June - 1 July 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Under the umbrella of IYBSSD 2022, member organisations will organise events and activities all over the planet during this special year, to showcase and improve the links between basic sciences and the 17 SDGs. Events and activities will be organised around the world until 30 June 2023. 

More about IYBSSD 2022

Detailed Annoucement here

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29 Aug 2021 · India · Climate Education

Online TROP ICSU Workshop for Teachers of Delhi University, India

The TROP ICSU team conducted an online Workshop cum Faculty Development Program for the teachers of Delhi University, India on 28th August 2021. This workshop was oreinted toweards "Digital Pedagogy & Climate Change Education across Disciplines" and was conducted in collaboration with Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University.

The workshop was attended by 36 participants from various science disciplines, who were mentored by 13 resource persons. The workshop was coordinated by 10 members from Sri Venkateswara College, and TROP ICSU.

More about  TROP ICSU: A Global Climate Change Education Project by IUBS

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28 Jul 2021 · IAWA

IAWA joins as a new Scientific Member

IUBS warmly welcomes the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) as its new Scientific Member. 

Founded in 1931, IAWA aims to create awareness of the place of wood anatomy in science, technology and conservation of natural resources for the public good; to provide a platoform to exchange information, ideas and knowledge, and to promote research in wood anatomy and related fields across the globe.


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09 Jun 2021 · ISC · Statement

ISC Statement on combating systemic racism and other forms of discrimination in science

The International Science Council has published a Statement on combating systemic racism and other forms of discrimination  and will continue to reflect on concrete steps aimed at correcting systemic discrimination in science during the coming weeks. We kindly encourage you to read the statement and to consider sharing and disseminating it among your networks.

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04 Jun 2021 · Gender Equality · Publication

Gender Balance in Science Study by IUBS Published

A study by IUBS Working Group on Gender Equality is published recently. The study mentions that, access to scientific careers for women has never been easy, but as biases and barriers slowly begin todiminish, women are becoming more and more involved in science, especially Biological Sciences. Some of the reasons why women do not have the same opportunities to achieve career pathways equal to those of men are discussed in the study. The study also highlights an ongoing need to design and apply new policies to effect a gender balance throughout the career path.

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29 May 2021 · ISC · Statement

ISC statement by the Council's Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science

At a time when scientific research is of paramount importance to human and environmental well-being, the ISC is gravely concerned by reports from various countries which suggest that threats to scientific freedom are on the increase.

For science to progress efficiently and for its benefits to be shared equitably, scientists must have the right to scientific freedom.

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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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01 Jan 2021 · Climate Education

TROP ICSU Highlights in 2020

The TROP ICSU project highlights its accomplishments at the end of year 2020. The project has colleced, collated and developed over 280 Teaching Resources, which soan across 10 Disciplines. There are over 50 Contributing Teachers from many countries who have contributed teaching resources to the collection. Till year 2020, the TROP ICSU team has conducted 17 Workshops in 10 Countries with over  700 Workshop Participants and over 50 Climate Experts.

The project has published 3 Publications and has been preented in many international conferences and events including events by United Nations. The projects holds 2 websites with over 135,900 visitors and a YouTube channel. The project is having 23 partners which includes national science academies, internatonal scientific unions, educatioanl institutes and United Nations organizations. 

The project team continues to develop and collate educatioanl resources for climate change education by integrating them with the regular curricula of various desciplines. 

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