Monday, August 17, 2015

Conference post - International Society for the Barcode of Life

Today is pre-conference workshop day. Participants will learn about BOLD and Next Generation Sequencing, get tours of our institute and in the afternoon will be about the formation of ISBOL, the International Society for the Barcode of Life. For all of you who couldn't make it to the conference, this session is scheduled to be broadcasted via YouTube

During the 5th Conference in Kunming, delegates discussed the desirability of establishing an International Society for the Barcode of Life (ISBOL). Because this plan was strongly supported, the Kunming Declaration included it as a key action item. Signatories to this Declaration and members of iBOL’s International Scientific Collaboration Committee have worked to ensure that ISBOL can be activated at the 6th Conference. A not-for-profit corporation (International Barcode of Life Corp.) has been acquired to provide a formal home for ISBOL. The pre-conference workshop will address other matters required to activate ISBOL, including its relationship with the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), a possible umbrella organization.

As a result, Peter Kevan, IUBS Executive Committee Member, will deliver a plenary lecture to workshop participants on this organization. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion involving key participants in the Kunming Declaration. The workshop will lead to the establishment of ISBOL, a decision on its committee structure, the recruitment of officers and members, and the investigation of a linkage with the IUBS.

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