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.


The Sir Julian Huxley Lecture will be held online on Wednesday 13th October at 6 pm. Invited speaker Dr Susan L. Perkins will talk about “Malaria’s many mates: challenges and opportunities of Haemosporidian systematics”. Please check the event page for details and register to attend using this link.

The Science Policy Lecture, in collaboration with the Linnean Society, will be held online on Thursday 14th October at 6 pm. Invited speaker Professor Sir Ian Boyd will talk about “The role of science in government”. Please check the event page for details and register to attend using this link.

The Young Systematists’ Forum 2021 will be held online on Friday 19th November. Please check the event page for details.


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.