The 31st IUBS General Assembly and Conference
on Biological Sciences and Bioindustry
International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS, China
Department of International Affairs, China Association for Science and Technology, China
China National Committee for International Union of Biological Sciences (CCIUBS)
International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS)
Institute of Zoology, CAS, China
Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China
The People's Government of Wuzhong District, Suzhou, China
1. IUBS General Assembly
The IUBS is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella organization for a large number of scientific organizations, including national academies, research centers, councils, international societies and associations. Currently, there are 44 ordinary members and 80 scientific members. The General Assembly (GA) is convened every three years whereat, decisions on the basis and priorities of the IUBS, recommendations of scientific committee and election of executive committee (EC) and administrative officers of the IUBS, are made.
- IUBS Reports
- Officer/EC Meetings
- Scientific Committee Meetings
- Scientific Research Program Meetings
For further information, please contact, Dr. Nathalie Fomproix (English and French; email@example.com) in Paris, France.
2. Symposia on Biological Sciences
As the only international body that covers all disciplines of biological sciences, the IUBS hosts and organizes international symposia in tandem with its GA so as to provide an opportunity for the international biological community to exchange information, discuss interdisciplinary studies and promote international collaboration in scientific research programs. Topics are selected on the basis of originality and feasibility, as well as their relevance with respect to the IUBS mission.
- Climate Change Biology
- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
- Mutualism and Evolution
- Genomics and Evolution
- Palaeontology and Evolution
- Wildlife Diseases
- Biological Security
- Genetic Resources Acquisition and Sharing
- Synthetic Biology
- Stem Cell and Reproductive Medicine
- Bioethics/Biological Education
- Nature Heritage and Conservation
Call for Symposia Organizers
Each symposium during the GA will have at least 8 speakers, with abstracts of the speeches published in the program book. Selected papers may be published in Biology International (http://biologyinternational.org) or Integrative Zoology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1749-4877), which are the official journals of the IUBS and ISZS, respectively. If you are interested in organizing a symposium from the above-mentioned symposia, or want to organize a new one relevant to this conference, please contact Dr. Wenhua Xiong (English and Chinese; firstname.lastname@example.org) before 30 August 2011. Posters are also available for presentation during the conference. For publication in Integrative Zoology, please contact Dr Wenhua Xiong (email@example.com), in Biology International, please contact Dr John Junck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Sessions for Bioindustry
In recent years, biological sciences and biotechnologies have played key roles in shaping the world’s economy. Bioindustry is emerging as a new driving force of the world’s economic growth and recovery, especially after the recent world financial crisis. To a greater extent, the development of bioindustry is bringing new hopes for food safety, clean energy and healthy environments. With these circumstances in mind, the IUBS, during this GA, will endeavor to promote collaborations between institutions, companies and scientists, and to push forward the development of bioindustry and bioeconomy, by organizing special sessions on bioindustry. This action is also a best-practice for the IUBS as it realizes its mission: Promoting biological sciences for a better life.
- Molecular breeding
- Green Biotechnology
- Marine Biotechnology
- Research Equipment and Material
- Medical Equipment and Devices
Call for Organizers and Exhibitors
Presentations on policy, new product development and technology will be organized in the above sessions. Institutions and companies are welcome and invited to join in and organize the sessions. Posters are also available for presentation during the sessions. For those who are interested in becoming an organizer or exhibitor, including organizing a workshop or symposium (at least 8 speakers), please contact Dr. Chunxu Han (English and Chinese; email@example.com) before the deadline of 30 August 2011.
The registration fee for the GA and conference is US$350 for ordinary attendees and US$200 for students, and accompanying guests (who will not attend the sessions). Extra fees are charged for those who want to exhibit products or devices at the exhibition hall (detailed information to be released). The registration fee above shall not cover the local transportation, meal, accommodation or insurance. Insurance during the meeting must be self-arranged. The registration fee for the current IUBS EC members and one representative for each IUBS member will be waived.
4 July Whole-day Registration
14:00-18:00 Officers and EC Meetings
09:00-10:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30-10:45 Tea Break
10:45-12:00 IUBS Business Reports
14:00-18:00 IUBS Ad Hoc Committee Meetings
Workshops for Scientific Programs
18:00-20:00 Dinner/plenary speech
9:00-12:00 IUBS Business and Closing Ceremony
14:00-18:00 New IUBS EC Meeting
9 July Local Tour or Departure
10-12 July BioEd 2012
Information on Suzhou
Suzhou (simplified Chinesecharacter: 苏州) is a major city located in the southeast of JiangsuProvince in Eastern China, located adjacent to ShanghaiMunicipality. The city situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze Riverand on the shores of Taihu Lake. It is also a part of the Yangtze River Deltaregion. Administratively, it is a prefecture-level city.
Built in 514 BC, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are maintained to this day. The city's stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardenshave contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions within China. Since the Song Dynasty(960-1279), it has also been an important centre for China's silkindustry. It is occasionally dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Paradise on Earth".
Suzhou has a four-season, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climatewith hot, humid summers, and cool, cloudy, damp winters with occasional snowfall. Northwesterly winds blowing from Siberia during winter can cause temperatures to fall below freezing at night, while southerly or southwesterly winds during the summer can push temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F).
Suzhou is one of the most prosperous cities in China. Its development has a direct correlation with the growth of its satellitecities, including Kunshan, Taicang, Changshu, Wujiangand Zhangjiagang, which together with the city of Suzhou form the Suzhou prefecture. The Suzhou prefecture is also a home to many high-tech enterprises.
The urban core of Suzhou is informally called Old Town Suzhou. It is divided among Pingjiang District, Canglang District, and Jinchang District. Suzhou Industrial Parkis on the west and Suzhou High & New Technology Development Zoneon the east of the old town. In 2000, the original Wu County was divided into two districts including Xiangchengand Wuzhong(one of the organizers for the IUBS GA in 2012). They now form the northern and southern parts of the city.
Geographically, the city is located on the Taihu Lake Plain, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the west of Shanghai, and more than double that east of Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu.
Currently, although Wuxi Shuofang Airportand Guangfu United Airlines Airportserve as two municipal airports, air transportation from Suzhou is conducted primarily at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airportand Shanghai Pudong International Airportin Shanghai. A new G-series high speed train is in operation since July 2010, and it only takes about 25 minutes for the top speed train among all the G-series to travel to Shanghai Hongqiao Station.
The Jiangsu-Shanghai Expresswayconnects Suzhou with Shanghai. Alternatively, there is also the YangtzeRiverine Expressway and the Suzhou-Jiaxing-Hangzhou Expressway. In 2005, the new Suzhou Outer Ringwas completed, linking the peripheral county-level cities of Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu. China National Highway 312also passes through the city.
Suzhou is also conveniently located on the Jinghu Railwaylinking Shanghaiand Nanjing. To each there is hourly railway service. D-series trains take about 45 minutes to Shanghai and 1-1/2 hours to Nanjing. Suzhou Railway Stationis among the busiest passenger stations in China, having 139 trains stopping daily.
For more information about Suzhou, please visit websites at:
IUBS Paris Office
Add: Bat 442, Université Paris-Sud 11
91 405 Orsay Cedex, France
Tel +33 (0)1 69 15 50 27
CCIUBS/ISZS Beijing Office
Add: Room C-506, Institute of Zoology, CAS, 1 Beichenxi Lu, Beijing, 100101
Fax: 86-10-64807295; Tel: 86-10-64807295
For Sponsorship: Dr. Chunxu Han (English and Chinese; firstname.lastname@example.org)