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Systematics Association

The Systematics Association is committed to furthering all aspects of Systematic biology. It organises a vigorous programme of international conferences on key themes in Systematics, including a series of major biennial conferences to be launched in 1997. The association also supports a variety of training courses in systematics and awards grants in support of systematics research.

Membership is open to amateurs and professionals with interests in any branch of biology, including microbiology and palaeontology. Members are generally entitled to attend the conferences at a reduced registration rate, to apply for grants from the Association and to receive Newsletters and mailings of information.

The Systematics Association was founded in May 1937 as the "Committee on Systematics in Relation to General Biology" to provide a forum for the discussion of the general theoretical and practical problems of taxonomy. An outline of the original objectives of the Association was published in Nature 140:163-164 (1937) [1,2]. The first of the Association's publications, The New Systematics, edited by the late Sir Julian Huxley, focused on new data from cytogenics, ecology and other fields.

Since then the Association has pioneered discussion on many new developments in systematics and more than 50 Special Volumes have been published. These have included systematic surveys of groups as diverse as haptophyte algae, tetrapods, lichens, free-living flagellates and haematophagous insects. Other volumes have explored fields such as phylogenetic reconstruction, systematics and conservation, genome evolution and the emergence of the biosphere. The Association also publishes books derived from training courses and on general aspects of systematics.

  1. References
  2. Association for the study of systematics in relation to general biology. 1937. Nature 140:163-164
  3. Systematics in relation to general biology. 1937. Nature 140:211-212

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Equality and Diversity Statement

It is the official policy of the Systematics Association that any discrimination based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a parent, gender identity, or physical appearance is unacceptable and should be challenged wherever it occurs. Officers and council commit to exercising due diligence in consideration and promotion of equality and diversity in all of the Association’s business. Our responsibilities to each should take into account that behaviour and language that are acceptable to one person may be unwelcome and/or offensive to another. Any unwelcome conduct that violates these fundamental views of the association should be reported to any Officer or member of Council.

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