The Systematics Association

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The Systematics Association is committed to furthering all aspects of systematic biology. We organise a vigorous programme of conferences on key themes related to systematics, including major international biennial conferences, a forum for junior researchers as well as lectures on policy and topical issues in evolution and ecology by distinguished speakers. The Association also supports a variety of training courses in systematics and awards small research grants.

Membership is open to professionals and amateurs with interests in any branch of biology, including microbiology and palaeontology. Visit the Membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership and to join the Association.

Read more about the history and aims of The Systematics Association


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.


July 2020 — Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled Towards the completion of speciation: the evolution of reproductive isolation beyond the first barriers compiled and edited by Jonna Kulmuni, Roger K Butlin, Kay Lucek, Vincent Savolainen and Anja Marie Westram and the articles can be accessed directly here.

Collaboration with Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in the COVID era: More information available here