About the IBIOLI

The professional body for biologists in Ireland!

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  • Endorses professional competence & maintains a register of professional biologists, including lecturers, biology teachers and researchers
  • Awards full members the title of M.I.Biol.I. – a nationally recognised standard.
  • Advises the government through representation on statutory bodies
  • Communicates and interacts with the public on biological topics
  • Supports and sponsors national meetings of biological interest
  • A gateway to contacts in Ireland, Europe and internationally
  • Has made significant contributions in second and third-level education
  • Current members include professional biologists in universities, institutes of technology, schools, government departments, hospitals, semi-state bodies and industry
  • As a freshly rejuvenated body we are interested in your views, opinions and directions you think the institute should take so come on in!

Objectives of the Institute are:

  • To represent and promote the professional interests of biologists.
  • To advise government and the public in general on biological matters having implications for society.
  • To ensure professional competence of biologists.
  • To facilitate contacts between biologists in Ireland, within the European Union and internationally.
  • To promote interest in, and an understanding of biology and its application and implications for modern society through education and research.
  • To attract and encourage entrants to the profession of biology.
  • To provide support and expertise to biology teachers through an Expert Panel.

Role of the IBIOLI:

  • The Institute advises the government and its agencies though its representatives on the statutory bodies.
  • It communicates to the public, on biological matters having implications for society, through public lectures symposia and seminars on general biological topics, specialised subjects and techniques.
  • The Institute has, since its foundation, made a significant contribution to the national curricula for biology in both second and third level education.
  • The Institute organises Biology Today Programmes. These one day lecture programmes and demonstrations by professional biologists for post-primary students form a very important part of the Institute communication role.
  • The Institute supports and sponsors meetings of biological interest.
  • The Institute encourages entrants to the profession of biology through the dissemination of career information for school leavers.
  • The Institute communicates with its members through regular newsletters.

Events & Activities of the Institute:

  • The Institute provides a forum for debate on the present structure and future development of the biology profession in both domestic and international context.
  • The Institute is a founding member of the European Federation of Biotechnology and the European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA).
  • Through its members, the Institute maintains an extensive network of contacts with biologists within the E.U. and worldwide.
  • The current membership comprises professional biologists in universities, institutes of technology, schools, government departments, hospitals, semi-state bodies and a wide range of industries.