What does it mean to be a member?

Member nations are networks of researchers and organizations in a country that are engaged in DNA barcoding or in supporting such work as part of the iBOL consortium. iBOL is the sum of its Members. They are the fundamental units that provide resources and services (e.g. build capacity and set priorities for barcoding in their country/region).

Can i become a member?

Membership is open to all nations with the capacity to contribute to its scientific goals. At present, 30 nations are full members and 9 are associate members. In each nation, a single organization is responsible for coordinating participation. Current lead organizations include government agencies, natural history museums, research centers, and universities.

Are there membership fees?

There is an annual membership fee of $5,000 CAN. Most funds are used to cover expenses for the national representative to participate in the annual meeting of the Scientific Steering Committee. Any balance is used to publicize the accomplishments of the project.

can I still participate if I cannot pay to be a member?

Associate Memberships (no cost) are open to nations which must make in-kind contributions to sustain their ongoing participation.

how do i join?

Email us at for the details.

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