Welcome to the International Ornithologists' Union

Mission Statement


Welcome to the Website of the International Ornithologists' Union (I.O.U.)

Ornithology is a global discipline addressing all levels of biology in birds from ecosystems to molecules, linking basic and applied research, and nurturing education and outreach. The IOU seeks to support, promote, and advance avian biology by (1) disseminating ornithological knowledge; (2) interacting with other scientific organizations, foundations and institutions; (3) stimulating and strengthening locally-based research that includes the participation of both professional and amateur ornithologists; (4) cultivating collegial, collaborative, mentoring and mutually supportive relationships among ornithologists internationally and without restrictions imposed by cultural or political differences; and (5) fostering knowledge transfer between basic research and applied sciences, such as conservation.

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