PeerJ Awards at International Biogeography Society conferences

PeerJ are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring Best Presentation awards at two conferences organised by the International Biogeography Society ( We recently spoke to two of the organisers about their upcoming meetings.


The International Biogeography Society is a society formed in 2001 that aims to bring together students, scientists and others working in varying fields on the geography of nature (biogeography). Biogeography is a dynamic and burgeoning field that seeks to understand the role of historical factors in shaping biodiversity and, as importantly, to develop predictive capacities for gauging how biodiversity will respond to our rapidly changing world.

We hold two main types of meetings on a regular basis – biennial conferences, and smaller ‘off-year’ meetings. Both are fantastic opportunities to share knowledge and make connections with biogeographers around the world who might not normally cross paths.


Early Career Biogeographers Conference 2021

The ECBC event is being held virtually between October 22nd and 24th, 2021. This conference will showcase the latest research from international biogeographers, with a focus on early career researchers. The scheduled talks will be given live (online), with an option to have a pre-recorded talk shown if there are internet connection challenges, or time zone difficulties, with all recordings available for registrants unable to attend live for 90 days.

10th Biennial Conference: Vancouver 2022

The IBS Biennial Conference will be held as a hybrid event between 8th and 12th January, 2022, with the option of attending in-person in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, or online as a virtual attendee from anywhere around the world. With participants from more than 60 countries usually in attendance, it’s a great chance to make connections or re-establish ties with others in the internationally diverse biogeography community.

The conference format is split between 3 broad topic symposia that all in-person & virtual participants can attend live in the mornings (recording available on-demand after the sessions), 3 half-days of concurrent talk sessions in the afternoons (live in-person, on-demand for virtual), and 2 poster sessions (live in-person).

The symposia this year are:

  • Innovation Biogeography
  • Biogeography Patterns in the Ocean
  • Conservation and Restoration Biogeography

Fieldtrips (in-person only) and workshops (virtual plus in-person options available) round out activities, with opportunities to learn new techniques and check out local places of interest – a 5-day event in total.

Karen Faller and Lucile Leveque 

If you are organising a conference and would like to consider a PeerJ Award, please get in contact via

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