Deutsches Nationalkomitee Biologie

The German National Committee ( GNC ) Biology is a scientific non-profit and non-governmental organization for German biologists working internationally and is part of an international hierarchy. The DNK represents the selfless scientific and socio -political interests of numerous biological societies in the international committees of the International Union of Biological Sciences ( IUBS, International Union of biological entities) and the International Union of Microbiological Societies ( IUMS, International Association of microbiological societies ). The committee is now also represented in the International Council for Science ( ICSU, the International Council of Scientific Unions ).

Tasks and objectives

The German National Committee biology has three main tasks:

  • It beats the ICSU before scientific programs that it has developed.
  • It provides information on programs and activities and networks the ICSU, the IUBS and the IUMS with the German biologist by promoting the exchange of information on its web pages.
  • There nominated representative for the program groups and governing bodies of the ICSU, the IUBS and the IUMS and for their scientific sections.

It promotes research programs through their own national or international conferences as well as program-related facilities to support research. The DNK does not support individual research projects ( this is the task, for example, the German Research Foundation (DFG ) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF ), or education ministries of the countries ). For example, the German National Committee has encouraged biology that the IUBS engaged in the ABS ( Access and Benefit Sharing ) program at the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity.


The bodies of the German National Committee are the Executive Board and the General Assembly.

Board of Directors

The board of the German National Committee implements the decisions of the General Assembly of cross-linked and informed the participants. It consists of the Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and a Secretary. It is usually chosen for two years from the ranks of the General Assembly. The spokesman of the professional societies in the Association for Biology, Life Sciences and Biomedicine in Germany eV ( VBIO ) is also a member of the Board.

Office of the Executive

Since March 2012:

  • Chair: Regine Jahn
  • Deputy: Reinhard Krämer
  • Secretary: Erwin Beck

General Assembly

The General Assembly decides on all activities and matters and elect the Executive Committee. Each counting the German National Committee professional society sends a permanent representative in the General Assembly. The elected representatives of ICSU, the IUBS and the IUMS are permanent guests of the German National Committee. Additional guests may be invited as necessary to the General Assembly.


The German National Committee works closely with the Association for Biology, Life Sciences and Biomedicine in Germany ( VBIO ): DNK is co-operating member in VBIO. Since 2008, the DNK - chairman, Reski, member of the Advisory Board of the VBIO and advises in this function the VBIO. It promotes, among others, there the direct and specific interaction between science and industry. The spokesman for the medical societies of VBIO turn is born member of the GNC Board. Its function in the Committee shall be decided at the general meeting.

Legal status and finances

The German National Committee is altruistic, does not pursue economic aims and has no financial resources. From the German Research Foundation is financially supported by the DFG example, pays the travel costs for the annual general meeting.


The German National Committee currently consists of 42 professional societies (as of December 2008), each of which transmits a permanent representative in the General Assembly:

  • Association of Reproductive biology of humans ( AGRBM )
  • German Botanical Society (DBG )
  • German Society for General and Applied Entomology ( DGaaE )
  • German Society for Biophysics ( DGfB )
  • German Society of Endocrinology ( DGE)
  • German Society for the History and Theory of Biology ( DGGBT )
  • German Society of Human Genetics ( GfH )
  • German Society for Immunology ( DGfI )
  • German Society of Limnology (DGL )
  • German Mycological Society ( DGfM )
  • German Society of Neurogenetics ( DGNG )
  • German Society for Parasitology ( DGP)
  • German Society for Proteome Research ( DGPF )
  • German Society for Protozoology ( DGP)
  • German Society for Cell Biology ( DGZ )
  • German Malakozoologische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • German Ornithological Society ( DO- G)
  • German Physiological Society ( DPhG )
  • German Phytopathological Society (DPG)
  • German Zoological Society ( DZG )
  • Ethological society
  • Professional community of DECHEMA Biotechnology
  • Specialized section Didactics of Biology in VBIO ( FDdB )
  • Society for Anthropology ( GfA )
  • Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ( GBM)
  • Society for Biological Systematics ( GfBS )
  • Society for Developmental Biology ( GfE )
  • Genetics Society ( GfG )
  • Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS )
  • Society for Plant Biotechnology ( GPP )
  • Society for Plant Breeding ( GPZ )
  • Ecological Society ( GfÖ )
  • Society of Primatology ( GPP )
  • Society for signal transduction ( STS)
  • Society for Technical Biology and Bionics ( GTBB )
  • Society for Tropical Ecology ( GTÖ )
  • Society for Laboratory Animal Science (GV- Solas )
  • Society for Virology ( GfV )
  • Society for the Advancement of Biomedical Research ( GFBF )
  • Neuroscience Society ( NWG )
  • Association for General and Applied Microbiology ( VRAM )
  • Association for Applied Botany ( VAB)

Past Chairman

  • Since March 2012: Regine Jahn
  • March 2008 - March 2012: Reski
  • To March 2008: Erwin Beck