Please note: The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has withdrawn as the official U.S. adhering member to the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS).
IUPS 37th World Congress
The IUPS 37th World Congress was held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom from July 21-26, 2013. The IUPS meeting provided an opportunity to get an update across many areas through a series of high-profile keynote lectures, including the Physiological Society’s Prize Lectures and the IUPS lectures.
22nd IUBMB & 37th FEBS Congress in 2012
The 22nd IUBMB & 37th FEBS Congress: "From Single Molecules to Systems Biology", was held in Sevilla, Spain from September 4-9, 2012.The main objective of the 2012 IUBMB & FEBS Congress was to promote an integrative and holistic approach in research on biological processes. To learn more, go here.
17th International Biophysics Congress, Beijing, 2011
The 17th International Biophysics Congress, sponsored by the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB), was held in Beijing at the China National Convention Centre from Sunday October 30 until Thursday, November 3, 2011. The 17th IBC maximized the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss new advances with fellow scientists from all over the world. For more information see www.17ibc.org.
13th IUBMB Conference - Cell Signaling Networks 2011
The Cell Signaling Networks Conference, held in Mérida, Yucatán, México during October 22-27, 2011, joined the works of the 13th IUBMB Conference, 1st PABMB Conference and 3rd Meetings of the Signal Transduction & Oxidative Stress Branches of SMB. To learn more visit the website.
2011 IUMS Congresses
The 2011 IUMS Congresses were held in Sapporo, Japan from September 6 – 16, 2011. There were three congresses: the XIII International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology (September 6-10, 2011), the XIII International Congress of Mycology (September 6-10, 2011) and the XV Congress of Virology (September 11-16, 2011). There were also two outreach activities (available to the general public) that were held in order to publicise the importance of microbial science and technologies and their relationship to our everyday life. Learn more...
XVIII International Botanical Congress
The XVIII International Botanical Congress, sponsored by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), was held July 23-30, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. The scientific program covers all fields of botanical science, including research on plants, algae and fungi. Visit the IBC 2011 website to learn more.
Promoting Education on Dual Use Issues in the Life Sciences
This November 2009 event in Warsaw, Poland was organized by the NAS, Polish Academy of Sciences, InterAcademy Panel on International Issues, International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), International Union of Microbiogical Societies (IUMS), and the U.S. State Department's Office on Biological Engagement.
About the International Unions in the Biological SciencesThe international unions seek to advance the biological sciences, promote international cooperation and the open exchange of scientific information for the benefit of humankind, and encourage the ethical and responsible conduct of research. The unions also foster engagement with wider scientific networks through membership in organizations such as the International Council for Science (ICSU).
Union ActivitiesConvening scientific meetings
International congresses and conferences are organized in collaboration with national or regional scientific organizations and draw large numbers of attending scientists. The unions also provide financial support as co-sponsors to smaller disciplinary workshops and symposia.
Supporting younger scientists
Unions offer travel assistance or design dedicated young-scientist programs to enable researchers, particularly those from less-developed countries, to participate in international meetings. Several unions also offer programs supporting research stays in collaborating laboratories, including the UNESCO-IUMS-SGM fellowships and the IUBMB Wood-Whelan fellowships.
Considering the future of bio-education
IUBS BioEd conferences focus on key issues in the theory and practice of biology education and many unions sponsor special lectures or symposia on education topics at international meetings. IUBMB has recently partnered with FEBS, ICGEB, UNESCO, and UNCTAD to offer a biennial Advanced Training School in Africa.
Publishing and disseminating information
The unions use their journals to publish reports from conferences, disseminate information on important new research, and address issues of international concern.
Addressing disciplinary nomenclature
A core mission of the unions is to facilitate standardization of fundamental disciplinary nomenclature and terminology. IUMS addresses taxonomy of viruses, prokaryotes, and cultured cells. IUBMB considers biochemical and enzyme nomenclature, and IUPAB was a partner in the inter-union bioinformatics group. Through its Physiome Project, IUPS helps to facilitate a world-wide computational modeling effort.
Promoting the ethical conduct of science
Many of the unions are engaged in the ongoing international dialogue on biosecurity and the potential implications of dual-use developments in biotechnology. IUBMB and IUMS Codes of Ethics are available online. IUBS, along with RMIT University, the International Society of Zoological Sciences, and the Royal Society of Victoria sponsors the International Centre for Environmental and Bioethics to address ethically sound and sustainable management of biological resources and ecosystems.
Participating in the wider network of international science
The unions are members of the International Council for Science (ICSU), an organization of 29 scientific unions and 112 national scientific bodies. The unions support the rights of all scientists to freely join in international scientific affairs for the benefit of humankind.
Kathie Bailey Mathae, Director