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Icelandic Biological Society


The Icelandic Biological Society was founded in Reykjavik in 1979. It's purpose, as stated in the Society's charter, is to "promote biology, facilitate contact and discussion among members, as well as among members and foreign individuals with similar interests". Present membership is around 400, members being mostly biologists, graduate and undergraduate. Membership, however, is open to anyone interested in biology and related disciplines. Lectures and slide shows form the basis of the Society's activities, and are held regularly during the winter months.

Biologists, however, are well known for their partying proclivities, and accordingly the Society sponsors an annual autumn celebration. This, of course, is the (bio)social event of the year, since it gives Icelandic biologists the opportunity to meet and enjoy themselves among others of their species (i.e. the party animal,Animal convivialis). As might be expected, attendance is high.

The Society organises regular conferences on topical biological issues. Seventeen conferences have been held since the Society was founded, most recently in 2004 ("Biological research in Iceland"). The Society also offers its members occasional short practical courses, most recently a short photography course.

The Society publishes a regular newsletter (in Icelandic), in which upcoming lectures, courses and other events are announced. The newsletter also contains news about new Icelandic biology publications, special offers to members, and of course, the ever popular editorials ... If, after all this, you are interested in joining the Icelandic Biological Society, please register. The email addresses and personal information will not be shared with or sold to third parties.

Membership fees are currently ISK 2000 per year. Naturally, the Society is an enthusiastic supporter of active democracy, the free flow of information, freedom of speech online, etc., etc., so if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send our secretary an mail:

If, for any reason, you are unable to send e-mail, you may write to:

The Icelandic Biological Society
P.O. Box 5019 IS-125
Reykjavik ICELAND

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