The International Biometric Society (IBS), founded in 1947, is the international organization promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences. This includes agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines. The Society has more than 6,000 members in over 80 countries identified by location and affiliation with one of the 31 Regions in which membership is concurrent with the international society. An elected Council, representing the regions and members ‘at large’, governs the Society’s affairs. To encourage membership within developing countries, regional networks have been established and a reduced dues structure is available for members in these countries.
The International Biometric Society offers members ways to enhance their professional development and serves as a focal point for members to feel an engagement and a stake in the profession beyond their immediate position. IBS provides its members with information, resources, awards, training, online resources, publications, and networking opportunities, all of which help to keep members at the top of their field.
Membership applicants should join directly through the specific Region in which they live and work. (See Regions) Applicants only apply directly with the IBS if there is no Region covering the geographic area in which they reside. In this case, the applicant joins IBS as an at-large member.
The following types of memberships are offered:
Regular members are those individuals who are interested in the scope and purpose of the society. Regular members are entitled to vote, hold elective office, serve on committees, receive all publications in electronic format, access the Members Only section of the website and reduced registration fees at the International Biometric Conference (IBC). Dues: USD $60 or USD $14 (for a developing country).
A regular member who is a member of a region may elect to become a supporting member in another region. A regular member may become a supporting member of more than one region. A regular member at large may also become a supporting member in a region of his or her choice. Supporting members may not vote or hold any office in regions they support. Supporting members pay the international portion of the dues once and pay the additional regional dues to the region only.
Senior Retiree Members
A senior retiree member must have been a regular member for at least 10 years and no longer gainfully employed prior to transferring to senior retiree member status. Senior retiree members enjoy all the rights of regular members. Dues: USD $30 or USD $7 (for a developing country).
During years in which they are full-time students attending accredited undergraduate or graduate schools or universities, students may become student members. Student members have all the rights of regular members except they cannot vote, hold office or be appointed to the Representative Council. Dues: USD $0 no fee.
Academic departments in educational institutions, non-profit research institutions or corporations may become institutional members of the society. Institutional members shall designate one representative as the contact for the institution. The person named as the representative for an institution has electronic access to all IBS publications. The institution’s designee is not eligible to vote or hold elected office. The institutional member is listed in at least one issue of each volume of one of the official IBS scientific publications. Dues: USD $500. If the institutional member joins through a region, one-half of the dues is rebated to the region.