The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing the biological sciences to promote an increased understanding of all life. Our mission is to promote the use of scientific information to inform decision making and advance biology for the benefit of science and society. This mission is more relevant today than at any other point in our history. The pace of change in modern society and the scope of the challenges requiring the insights derived from scientific study demand that AIBS provide the leadership and forum for the community to work collaboratively to advance integration in biology for the benefit of science and society. AIBS's agility, resilience, and integrity are the keys to our success.


The organization is guided by a "strategic plan, released February 2019, with the endorsement of the 2018 and 2019 Board of Directors and AIBS staff, who were all integral to the plan's creation.

Our Leadership

In accordance with the AIBS Constitution and Bylaws, we are governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership each year. The Board is advised by programmatic committees and a Council of Representatives from AIBS's many member societies and organizations. We are fortunate to have had many accomplished scientists serve as AIBS President over the years.

Our Community

AIBS works with any stakeholder that advances the broad field and profession of biology. Organizations and individuals partner with us on initiatives, work with us to identify and communicate matters of common concern, and help connect us to their communities for idea and information exchange--particularly regarding public policy, education, public understanding of science, and matters of professional concern.

AIBS has individual members and member societies and organizations that support our work financially.

AIBS has clients from government agencies to biological societies and other nonprofits that use our expert services for a fee.

The People at AIBS

We have almost 30 staff working in two offices: AIBS headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, which houses our business office, IT operations, and Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services (SPARS) division and our Public Policy Office in downtown Washington, D.C. AIBS has a robust telecommuting policy, with additional programmatic staff working off site from Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida.

If you've got questions about our organization, please don't hesitate to let us know. We hope to hear from you soon!

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