20 Mar 2020 · Statement

COVID-19: Time to reiterate our commitment to internationalisation of science

IUBS expresses its solidarity with all those medical specialists and scientists from around the world working round the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to treat individuals who have been infected and to develop new drugs and vaccines and more importantly those who are providing essential services such as delivery of food, medicine, security etc. IUBS expresses condolences to those who have succumbed to the viral infection. 

In these difficult times, it is important that we all do our bit towards ameliorating the situation. Precaution without panic is the key, along with ensuring that only factually and scientifically correct information is circulated within our communities and society at large. 

Authentic and latest information by World Health Organization (WHO) about the COVID-19 pandemic is available here 

In this time of global crisis, IUBS reiterates its commitment to facilitate collaborations between biologists from across the world, free access to scientific information and democratisation of knowledge.

This crisis is also a reminder that we all take up, on war-footing, issues of climate change and put in place actions to achieve sustainable developmental goals. The loss of life and impact on economy just due to one pandemic is a warning of what future generations may face, if we do not act now.

IUBS is proud to have seeded initiatives such as Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC), integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB), Open Biodiversity and Heath Big Data (BHBD) etc, which have generated vital data, and have built international teams of experts to comprehensively study impact of global change. IUBS would continue to support such initiatives and facilitate advancing the primary results to the next stage, which would be useful to predict and prevent pandemic such as COVID-19 in future.

14 Sep 2017 · Statement

Information: World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity

IUBS would like to inform scientists about the initiative of the College of Forestry entitled “World Scientists' Warning to Humanity”. The initiative asks scientists to become a co-signatory for their in-press viewpoint article in the journal Bioscience entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: a second notice”. Initiated by the Union of Concerned Scientists and supported by the College of Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA, the article is already signed from several thousand scientists from well over 100 countries. Please join the list. Deadline for signing to be included in the journal article has been extended to September 19, 2017.

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29 Jun 2017 · Statement

Comments in Nature

The Article “Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation” (see below) evoked several comments in Nature (Vol. 546, 599-600). Three people pointed out the scientific roles of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) vs. International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (ICN) in governing nomenclature compared to the body, which regulates zoological nomenclature (the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, ICZN). A conservationist proposes to take the red list maintained by volunteers as registry. A botanist agrees with the article but suggests to avoid too much bureaucracy. Another scientist reminds that taxonomists are neither service providers nor do they want to be censored by particular species concepts. The former IUBS president sees the establishment of a body to defining taxa as essential but reminds to accept the freedom of taxonomists and to avoid prolonged endorsements of new species. The current president of IUBS welcomes the suggestion, sees its importance and states that the primary aim would be to rationalize what constitutes a "distinct species". As president, he ensures that IUBS would be capable to take on the responsibility. He also points out that IUBS would strive to work for a consensus approach that serves the community.

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01 Jun 2017 · Statement · IUBS

NATURE: IUBS suggested to facilitate and integrate taxonomy

Entitled "Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation" two authors suggest that IUBS could solve the classification of complex organisms, which according to them is in chaos. In the journal Nature (546: 25–27, 1 June 2017, doi: 10.1038/546025a) Stephen T. Garnett and Les Christidis propose, that the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) shall be the leading institution to overcome differences in taxonomic decisions to define species across all organism groupss. The authors argue that failure to govern taxonomy threatens effectiveness of global efforts to halt biodiversity loss and damages the credibility of science. Therefore, they propose four steps how IUBS could act to overcome existing shortcomings.

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31 Jan 2017 · Statement

IUBS endorses ICSU's statement against US-immigration ban

The International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which is effectively banning entry to the United States for citizens of seven countries. In the opinion of the Council, the Order is inappropriately broad. ICSU is concerned about the negative effects the Order will have on the freedom of scientific exchange among scientists and students of science worldwide, resulting in negative impacts on the progress of science, and impeding societies around the globe from benefitting from this progress. IUBS shares the concerns of ICSU in this issue. IUBS also is concerned about the freedom to invite for conferences, like the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), which feels to be required to refrain from supporting any conferences in the US until any such ban is lifted. IUBS also is concerned about the free exchange of scientific information, like the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).