Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany
The Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany V. - VBIO (VBIO), with a total of 35,000 members, is Germany's umbrella organization for everyone who studies or works in the fields of biology , life sciences and biomedicine . The VBIO comprises bioscientific and biomedical societies (approx. 30), individual members (approx. 5,300) and cooperating members such as companies, industrial societies and research institutions (approx. 75).
The professional societies represent and promote research activities in Germany. The 16 regional associations in which the individual members are organized actively work on educational policy tasks in the field of biology and life sciences.
The VBIO was created in 2007 from the merger of the Association of German Biologists (VdBiol, founded in 1954) with the Association of Biological and Biomedical Societies (vbbm, founded in 2004). The aim was to give the life sciences in Germany a stronger voice.
The VBIO is led by a presidium that is re-elected every two years. In December 2018, Gerhard Haszprunar was elected as the new President. The Presidium is supported by an advisory board. The individual members of the association are organized in 16 regional associations, other members through their specialist societies or institutions. The association also has sections and working groups that deal with content. The association has its own full-time offices in Berlin with the Science & Society department and in Munich with the Education & Career department.
Six working committees deal with the subjects of school biology , career , biomedicine , bioeconomy, BTA training . There is also a speaker for the liberal professions .