Addressing the challenges facing society will require insights from the biological sciences. Producing adequate food for a growing population in changing environments, sustaining ecosystem function and biodiversity, expanding sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, and improving individual health are issues that benefit from biological research.
Biology in the 21st century requires interdisciplinary work. Integrating knowledge from sub-disciplines within biology and amongst biology and the various natural, social, and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering presents exciting opportunities for discovery.
The National Research Council highlighted the need for a new direction in biological research in its report "A New Biology for the 21st Century: Ensuring the United States Leads the Coming Biology Revolution." The report calls for an interdisciplinary "New Biology" approach to solving broad societal problems in the coming century.
AIBS is working to promote a policy environment that supports 21st century biology. Our recent activities include: