International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

Union internationale des sciences biologiques (UISB)
Unión Internacional de Ciencias Biológicas
Internationaler Verein der Biologischen Wissenschaften

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Founded 1922, Brussels (Belgium), following recommendations, 1919, of the then 'International Research Council (IRC)', and since 1931, International Council for Science (ICSU). In 1947, took over activities of International Institute of Embryology (IIE), set up 4 June 1911, Utrecht (Netherlands). Statutes and By-Laws modified 1955 and 1970, and amended by: 19th General Assembly, 1976, India; 21st General Assembly, 1982, Ottawa (Canada); 22nd General Assembly, 1985, Budapest (Hungary); 28th General Assembly, 2004, Cairo (Egypt).


Promote study of biological sciences; initiate, facilitate and coordinate research and other scientific activities that require international cooperation; ensure discussion and dissemination of results of cooperative research; promote organization of international conferences and assist publication of their reports.

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Research and development; research/documentation.

/Sections and Commissions/:

 • Aerobiology;

 • Algology;

 • Animal Genetics;

 • Animal Physiology and Bio-chemistry;

 • Arachnology;

 • Bee Research;

 • Bee Relationships;

 • Biological Control;

 • Bioindicators;

 • Biometeorology;

 • Biometry;

 • Botanical Gardens;

 • Botany;

 • Botany, General;

 • Bryzoology;

 • Cell Biology;

 • Coleopterology;

 • Culture Collections;

 • Developmental Biology;

 • Dipterology;

 • Ecology;

 • Education;

 • Endocrinology;

 • Entomology;

 • Environmental Mutagens;

 • Eriksson Prize Fund;

 • Ethological Conferences;

 • Evolutionary Biology;

 • Fungi Taxonomy;

 • General Committee on Botanical Nomenclature;

 • Genetics;

 • Herpetology;

 • Histochemistry and Cytochemistry;

 • Horticultural Science;

 • Human Biology;

 • Immunology;

 • International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP);

 • International Commission for Small Scale Vegetation Mapping;

 • International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB);

 • International Federation of Mammalogists (IFM);

 • International Mycological Association (IMA);

 • International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA);

 • International Plant Protection Congresses (IPPC);

 • International Society of Mediterranean Ecology (ISOMED);

 • Invertebrate Pathology;

 • Invertebrate Reproduction;

 • Invertebrate Survey;

 • Lichenology;

 • Limnology;

 • Malacology;

 • Mammalogy;

 • Mediterranean Ecology;

 • Mediterranean Phyto-Taxonomy;

 • Microbial Ecology; Mushroom Science;

 • Microbiology, Nematology;

 • Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants;

 • Nomenclature of Plants;

 • Oceanography, Biological;

 • Ornithology;

 • Palaeobotany;

 • Palaeozoology;

 • Palynology;

 • Parasitology;

 • Photobiology;

 • Plant Growth Substances;

 • Plant Information;

 • Plant Pathology;

 • Plant Physiology;

 • Plant Protection;

 • Plant Sexual Reproductive Research;

 • Plant Taxonomy;

 • Plant Taxonomy Databases;

 • Polychaetology;

 • Primatology;

 • Protozoology, Radiobiology;

 • Reticuloendotheliel Societies;

 • Seed Technology;

 • Skin Biology;

 • Vegetation Mapping;

 • Vertebrate Morphology;

 • Science Editing;

 • Senescence Research;

 • Social Insects;

 • Soil Zoology;

 • Succulent Plants;

 • Systematic and Evolutionary Biology;

 • Tropical Root Crops;

 • Vegetation Science;

 • Zoological Nomenclature.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros C); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Liaison Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 30 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 47 countries
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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Biosciences

UN Sustainable Development Goals **



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