The Icelandic Biological Society

The Icelandic Biological Society

The main function of the Icelandic Biological Society is to organize a conference on Biological research in Iceland, the next conference will be in October-November 2017.

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. Twenty four conferences and focal meetings have been held since the Society was founded, most recently in 2011 (“Biological research in Iceland”). The Society also offers its members occasional short practical courses.

The Society published regularly a newsletter (in Icelandic), but now this webpage serves to announce upcoming lectures, courses and other events. The webpage 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 send an email to The email addresses and personal information will not be shared with or sold to third parties.

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 us an email

The Board 2018 – :
Lisa Anne Libungan, President
Hlynur Bardarson, Treasurer
Gudmundur A Thorisson, Webmaster
Ragnhildur Gudmundsdottir, Member of the Board
Saevar Ingthorsson, Member of the Board