The Icelandic Biological Society

The main function of the Icelandic Biological Society is to organize a conference on biological research in Iceland every two years. The last conference was held in 2021, see programme and other info here. The next conference will take place in autumn 2023.

The 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“.

Current Board 2023 – present (more details)

Chair: Kalina Kapralova, Tilraunastöð HÍ í meinafræði að Keldum
Treasurer: Guðmundur Árni Þórisson, Íslensk Erfðagreining
Member: Halldór Pálmar Halldórsson, Rannsóknasetur Háskóla Íslands á Suðurnesjum
Member: Ragnhildur Guðmundsdóttir, Náttúruminjasafn Íslands
Member: Ásthildur Erlingsdóttir, Tilraunastöð HÍ í meinafræði að Keldum
Member: Áki Jarl Láruson, Hafrannsóknastofnun
Member: Hermann Kári Hannesson, fulltrúi Haxa – Hagsmunafélag líffræðinema við HÍ


The Society is open to anyone working – or  simply interested – in biology and related disciplines. As of autumn 2023 a new membership system was  introduced, with an annual fee for active members. The membership fee is currently 1500kr ISK per annum, collected for a 2 year period  at a time.

Why become a member? Active members get special deal on IceBio conference tickets, free admission to the annual Social Autumn event, can attend the annual general meeting and vote and take part in discussions there.

Registration and payment takes place via our online store, with the option of buying a  conference ticket with member discount at the same time:

Buy membership 2 years

Mailing list

For those who do not wish to register as members, there’s also the option of subscribing only to the Society mailing list and get announcements about conferences and other Society news. Fill out the form below:

Naturally, the Society is an enthusiastic supporter of active democracy, the free flow of information, freedom of speech online, etc., so if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Board via email at We are also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Mastodon.