Historically IOBC started in 1955 as a global organisation affiliated to the
International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). Later it proved practical
to form regional sections in addition to the Global IOBC. At present, IOBC-Global
includes six regional sections.
For more information see IOBC History Book.
IOBC-WPRS contributes financially to IOBC-Global as support and to cover its share of the IOBC Newsletter (WPRS has one seat in the Council of IOBC-Global). WPRS transfers to IOBC-Global 100 EURO for each institutional member, 50 EURO for each supporting member and 10 EURO for each individual member.
In contrast to the IOBC-Global and the other regional sections, WPRS has in its official name included both Biological Control and Integrated Control. This indicates the recognition in WPRS of the importance of both the pure biological control and the broader integrated approach, which had already been included in activities of several working groups.
The General Assembly elects the members of the council, the president, the vice presidents, the treasurer and the secretary general, the auditing committee; its decides on the general work programme and policy of IOBC-WPRS. It considers and approves the activity of council, executive committee and the accounts on the advice of the auditing committee.
More details on the responsibilities of the General Assembly are available in Article VIII of the IOBC-WPRS Statutes (pdf).
According to the statutes the governing body of IOBC-WPRS is the Council, which is elected for a period of 4 years by the General Assembly (most recently in October 2013, Zurich, Switzerland). Its composition and specific responsibilities are described in Articles XI and XII of the IOBC-WPRS Statutes (pdf).
List of the IOBC-WPRS officers and their addresses: Council
The Executive Committee of the Council is the body executing the decisions of the Council and taking care of a number of current matters based on delegation. The members of the Executive Committee are elected among the council members by the general assembly.
Last General Assembly: 2017
Executive Committee of the IOBC-WPRS (from left to right): Gerben Messelink (general secretary, the Netherlands), Sylvia Blümel (vice-president, Austria), Giselher Grabenweger (treasurer, Switzerland), Ilaria Pertot (vice-president, Italy), Andrea Lucchi (vice-president and deputy treasurer, Italy), Philippe Nicot (president, France)
List of the IOBC-WPRS officers and their addresses: Executive Committee