10 Dec 2020 · Bangladesh

Bangladesh joins IUBS

IUBS warmly welcomes the membership of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. The proceedings of the approval of the membership were conducted in the month of December 2020, and ensured to meet the statutes of IUBS.

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10 Dec 2020 · ICPPR

Study of managed bees and Kenyan strawberries

A recently published study about managed bees showcases their role as pollinators and vectors of biocontrol agents in strawberry plantations in Kenya. Kenyan researchers carried out a comparative study between strawberry plantations with managed bees and with the regular farmer practices. This study observed that the managed bees proved effective in increasing the quality, yield and vectoring the control against grey mold disease. 

This project was supported by IUBS through a project operated by Arthur Dobbs Institute under the Scientific Programme of   'Agroecosystems and Managed Pollinators'.

More information about the study is available here.

(Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay)

04 Nov 2020 · ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nunes-Silva awarded by ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nune-Silva was honored this October for her service to Pollination Biology (Anthocology) by ICPPR. A special certificate has been awarded  to her in the recognition of her services from Botanical, Zoological, Ecological and Evolutionary interdisciplinary perspectives. 

10 Oct 2020 · Climate Education

More Than A Hundred Lesson Plans by TROP ICSU!

The project TROP ICSU has crossed the mark of developing a hundred Lesson Plans in October 2020. This milestone was possible due to the wonderful collaboration and knowledge contribution by the network of partners, collaborators, teachers, educators, and climate science experts.

These Lesson Plans span across various curricula topics and are distributed across ten disciplines. They can be directly used by teachers in both physical and digital classroom setup or can be used with proper customization as per the local context.

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27 Aug 2020 · IUSS

FAO – IUSS – GSP Booklet contest for children on Soil Biodiversity

In the framework of World Soil Day (WSD) 2020, FAO, IUSS and GSP launched a scientific children's book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity". FAO, IUSS and GSP invite all those interested in soil and biodiversity - soil scientists, researchers, professors, teachers, classrooms, individual students, soil practitioners, designers, photographers or experts from any professional background - to submit their freestyle book proposal by 10 November 2020.

The objectives of the contest are to: (1) Promote scientific knowledge and give visibility to the importance of soil biodiversity; (2) Raise awareness of the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity; (3) Stimulate educational activities, engagement and participation of young people and schools in soil science.

In the submission email, author(s) must fill out and submit the mandatory Registration form.

The winner will receive a cash prize of 1 000 USD, second and third prize will receive a cash prize of 500 USD and 250 USD respectively from IUSS and FAO’s GSP. The winners will be announced on World Soil Day, 5 December 2020.

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01 Aug 2020 · Climate Education

Climate Change Webinar Series 2020

Engagement of the youth in climate action is a key factor in mitigating the global issue with local solutions. With this imperative, TROP ICSU has joined hands with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), India to create a platform to host engagements between climate change experts (scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs among many) with young students. A webinar series is launched under this initiative of Climate Change Challenge 2.0 from August 2020.

(Image: Climate Change Challenge, CCMB, India)

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11 Jul 2020 · Taxonomy / Nomenclature

Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists Programme suggests Ten Principles for Taxonomy

In a recent paper, the members of the IUBS Scientific Programme "Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists" suggest a set of ten principles for creating and governing lists of the world’s species, and a proposed governance mechanism for ensuring that the lists are well-managed and broadly acceptable. Prof. Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, the paper’s lead author and one of the Leaders of the  Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists programme says, "Listing all species may sound routine, but is a difficult and complex task. Currently no single, agreed list of species is available. Instead, some iconic groups of organisms such as mammals and birds have several competing lists, while other less well-known groups have none."

This causes problems for organizations and governments that need reliable, agreed, scientifically defensible and accurate lists for the purposes of conservation, international treaties, biosecurity, and regulation of trade in endangered species. The lack of an agreed list of all species also hampers researchers studying Earth’s biodiversity. The new paper outlines a potential solution in the form of a set of ten principles for global taxonomic lists and a governance mechanism for them. 

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02 Jul 2020 · Climate Education

Translations of TROP ICSU Educational Resources

To widen the reach and increase the adoption of the TROP ICSU educational resources, some of the resources have been translated into various languages with assistance from th project partners. TROP ICSU welcomes contributions from teachers, educators, climate science experts, and all collaborators in enhancing the suite of educational resources.

The translated educational resources are available on the ‘TROP ICSU in Different Languages‘ section of the project website.

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30 Jun 2020 · Zoonotic Diseases · ISZS

IUBS establishes a working group on Zoonotic Diseases

With the objectives to promote integrative studies on zoonotic diseases among scientists of different disciplines, so as to reveal the transmission pattern and dynamic of key zoonotic diseases which is imposing high threat to humans, to training young scientists and students in field of zoonotic diseases, and to provide advices or knowledge to governments and the public for disease prevention and control, IUBS announces the establishment of a working group on Zoonotic Diseases. The group is chaired by Dr Santiago Merino Rodriguez and Zhibin Zhang.

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10 Jul 2020 · Taxonomy / Nomenclature

First Workshop for Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists

In February 2020 the first of a series of three IUBS supported workshops under the 'Governance of Global Taxonomic Lists' Programme was held in Darwin Australia to help develop a governance framework for taxonomists and the users of taxonomy that they can then use to decide which names should be used by society, while continuing to encourage taxonomic research.

The purpose of the workshop was to start resolving the outstanding issues surrounding a set of principles for unified list creation and refine them for publication as the first stage in developing a conversation among the global community of taxonomists and the users of taxonomy. Further activities will include development and submission of manuscripts on achievements and gaps in global list assembly, a governance regime for a global list describing the potential to shift from polycentric to federalist governance, the minimum requirements for inclusion on a global list, and balancing the scientific independence of taxonomy with an aspiration to involve users of taxonomic lists. 

23 Jun 2020 · IUSS

IUBS congratulates Prof. Rattan Lal for World Food Prize 2020

IUBS congratulates Prof. Rattan Lal for being awarded the prestigious 2020 World Food Prize  for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. 

Prof. Lal serves as Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and founding Director of the Carbon Management & Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University (OSU).  A native of India and a citizen of the United States, Prof. Rattan Lal, has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems. Dr Lal has served as the President of International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in the past.

IUBS is committed to work on biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem function and services, food and health issues of the world by bringing scientists from across the globe. IUBS fondly remembers Prof. Lal's active involvement in the 100th year GA at Oslo, and will continue to work with IUSS and Prof. Lal to the greater cause of the world. 

(Image: Prof. Lal at IUBS Centenary Event at Oslo, 2019)

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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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20 Mar 2020 · Statement · Zoonotic Diseases

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.

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01 Mar 2020

TROP ICSU launches Lesson Plan Video Tutorials

Some of the TROP ICSU Lesson Plans are now equipped with Video Tutorials about how to use the Lesson Plans in regular teaching. The video tutorials are useful to not only teachers but also to self-learners. These videos are available on the project website and on the YouTube channel.

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26 Feb 2020 · USA

USA rejoins IUBS

IUBS warmly welcomes the renewal of memebership of the National Academy of Sciences, United States of America. The proceedings of the approval of membership renewal were conducted via an electronic General Assembly. It ensured to meet the IUBS statutes and in accordance with the resolution taken at the last GA.


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29 Feb 2020 · Climate Education

TROP ICSU Workshop in Australia in Feb 2020

A TROP ICSU Lesson Plan Development Workshop was conducted at the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's next national conference in Fremantle, Western Australia on 14 February 2020. This workshop was convened by our collaborators at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, UNSW Sydney, University of Melbourne, and the Monash Climate Change Communication Hub. The main focus of the event was the development of lesson plans for the Australian curriculum.

A detailed report about the workshop is available here.

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26 Feb 2020 · Gender Equality · Education and Outreach

Gender Equality project accomplishments featured by ISC

The Gender Gap project has been funded by the International Science  Council (ISC) during the first phase (2017-2019), along with several international science unions. The motive, accomplishments and key findings of the project have been featured by ISC in an online article published in February 2020.  The article can be found here.

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26 Feb 2020 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU accomplishments featured by ISC

The TROP ICSU project has been funded by the International Science  Council (ISC) during the first phase (2017-2019). The accomplishments of TROP ICSU, feedback from various stake-holders and future plans have been featured by ISC in an online article published in February 2020. Representative feedback received from various stake-holders such as participants of educators workshops, undergraduate students, members of partner unions and the motive behind the TROP ICSU project are included in this article. The article can be found here.

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11 Feb 2020 · Gender Equality

Gender Gap in Science Book Published

IUBS is one of the ten partners in the ISC funded project  "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?". All the findings, conclusions and recommendationf of the project are now available as a downloadable book. The preliminary version of the book is available here. It contains a set of Recommendations for Instructor and Parents, for Local Organizations and for Scientific Unions.

The results of findings of the surveys and studies done via this project were presented in a recent conference held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy in November 2019. They were also disucssed in a recent event of the celebration of the  International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 was co-organized by UNESCO on 7th February 2020.

More information about the book can be found here.

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21 Feb 2020 · ICMAP

European Network EOHUB (Challenges in the Field of Essential Oils) to sign partnership agreement with ICMAP

IUBS member society, the International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) is envisioning closer collaboration with EOHUB. As a first step, a partnership agreement is to be signed.

Founded on March 21, 2019, the European Network on Challenges in the Field of Essential Oils, aims to contribute to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, through stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of Essential Oils, a project fitting within the EU 2020 strategy. EOHUB aims to strengthen partnerships and increase the capacity of higher education institutions and business to integrate research results and innovative practice into the educational offer.

EOHUB free Newsletter can be  accessed at https://eohubbio.eu/eohub-second-newsletter/

Downlodable information is available here.

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04 Feb 2020 · OWSD

Call for Applications: 2020 OWSD PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) announces the 2020 Call for Applications for the OWSD PhD Fellowship.

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in another country in the Global South.

Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a special allowance for travel to international conferences.

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