BioCode 2011 Achievements

The Draft BioCode 2011 was published in January 2011, both on the project's webpage and separately in Bionomina, Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, and Taxon. A symposium to present the new draft to biosystematists, "Modernizing the Nomenclatural Codes to meet future Needs of Scientific Communities (BioCode)", was convened during Biosystematics 2011 (incorporating the VII International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology) in Berlin on 23 February 2011. A round-table debate followed the formal presentations, which enabled many features on the new draft to be further explained and concerns aired. The new draft was approved in principle by the Congress subject to finalization of the BioCode in the light of comments received from biologists as a whole. In order to facilitate the views of the widest possible range of biologists, a mechanism for posting comments has been established through the International Commission on Zoological Nomencalture's website.

Activities 2011:

- Conferences organised: Symposium during Biosystematics 2011, Berlin, 23 February 2011

- Workshops organised: Natura1 History Museum, London, 10 & 16 December 2011

- Publications:
"Greuter W, et al. (2011); Draft BioCode. Bionomina 1: 26-44; Taxon 60: 201-212; Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 68: 10-28." and
"Hawksworth DL. (2011): Introducing the Draft BioCode. Bionomina 1: 24-25; Taxon 60: 199-200; Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 68: 8-9."

- Impacts on education: Increased awareness amongst biosystematists and biologists as a whole of possible simplifications in the nomenclatural aspects of taxonomic procedures in the future.

- Relevance for the scientific community: High; a further step towards a more cohesive approach to the future naming of organisms of all kinds, which will increase harmonization in approaches to common issues in the existing Codes of Nomenclature, as well as the BioCode.

- Development of partnership: In including key current officers and other representatives from the different internationally mandated nomenclatural bodies, the programme fosters inter-disciplinary dialogue.

- Innovation: In addition to the novel features of the The Draft BioCode (2011) itself, i.e. innovations relating to maximizing the use of web-based electronic systems for the registering and publication of names of organisms, the programme also involves the international community of biologists through symposia and web-based fora.

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