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American Institute of Biological Sciences

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is a nonprofit scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education. Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s. Today, with offices in Washington, DC, and Reston, VA, and a staff of approximately 50, AIBS is sustained by a robust membership of 200 professional societies and scientific organizations representing more than 250,000 individuals.

AIBS advances its mission through:

  • Coalition activities in research, education , and public policy
  • Publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience
  • Providing scientific peer advisory and review services under contract (including GSA MOBIS) to government agencies and other clients through its SPARS division
  • Convening scientific conferences
  • Managing scientific programs
  • Maintaining a job postings site , in collaboration with BioOne , with traffic in excess of more than 340,000 users per month

In addition, AIBS manages the project office for the National Ecological Observatory Network , assists the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center with education activities, and houses the national office of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science


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