Voting members of the Society recently received an electronic ballot notification in order to allow participation in our biennial election. The deadline to vote in the election was 2 December 2018, and the ballots have been checked for accuracy by our private election firm.

At this time, we would like to share our appreciation with all who agreed to stand and represent the IBS in this election. It is during these times that we remember how truly important an active membership is in order to maintain and grow our Society. We also wish to thank all members who voted in the election. Your participation is crucial to this process. Approximately 24% of our members voted, and the results are now confirmed. Members were asked to elect six (6) Directors to the Executive Board.

Congratulations to the newly elected International Biometric Society Executive Board for 2019. We are pleased to announce that the following members have been elected to the Board:


  • Geert Verbeke (Belgian Region, announced previously)


  • Freedom Gumedze (South African Region)
  • Taerim Lee (Korean Region)
  • Frank Bretz (Austro-Swiss Region)
  • Krista Fischer (Nordic-Baltic Region)
  • Karen Bandeen-Roche (Eastern North American Region)
  • Joel Greenhouse (Eastern North American Region)

The President-elect shall serve a one-year term starting on 1 January 2019 and shall automatically succeed to the office of President, serving for two years. All Directors beginning a new term will serve a four-year term starting 1 January 2019 and ending 31 December 2022.

The remaining members of the Executive Board are:

Louise Ryan (Australasian), President, Brad J. Biggerstaff (WNAR), Secretary-Treasurer, José Pinheiro (Eastern North American), Andreas Ziegler (German), Brian Cullis (Australasian), Mark Brewer (British-Irish), Luzia Trinca (Brazilian), and Elizabeth Brown (WNAR). The Secretary/Treasurer, Brad Biggerstaff, shall continue his current (first) term through 31 December 2019. The Executive Director, Peter Doherty, shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Board.

Congratulations to our newly-elected Executive Board members for 2019!

The IBS is always looking for members who wish to contribute to the Society as a volunteer in some manner. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact any member of the Executive Board or the International Biometric Office. The first in-person meeting of the new Executive Board will be in March, 2019 in Munich, Germany during the upcoming DAGStat Conference.