Activities 2010

An up-dated version of the Draft BioCode 1997 was circulated to a working group of the IUBS/IUMS International Committee on Bionomenclature for discussion in September 2010, prior to a workshop convened at the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin on 21-23 October 2010. This was attended by 13 members representing different groups of organisms, and who were involved in the bodies concerned with biological nomenclature. The draft was discussed in detail and revised, and the procedure for obtaining inputs and views from a wide range of taxonomists agreed. The Draft BioCode 2011 was then released through the Committee's website []and also for publication in Bionomina, the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, and Taxon. A session devoted to the initiative has been planned for the International Congress of systematic and Evolutionary Biology to be held in Berlin on 21-27 February 2011. A book "Terms used in bionomenclature: the naming of organisms (and plant communities)" prepared in support of the programme was also finalized and published.


Patterson DJ, Cooper J, Kirk PM, Pyle RL, Remsen DP (2010): Names are the key to the big new biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 686-691. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2010.09.004

Conferences and Workshops


Workshop: BioCode 2010

Workshops organised in Berlin, October 2010