Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Consortium name  
Bulgarian Consortium
Institution (Original name) 
Институт по биоразнообразие и екосистемни изследвания – Българска академия на науките
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
2 Gagarin Street
Postal code 
1113
City 
Sofia
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Bulgaria
Phone 

(+359) 2 871 71 95

E-mail 
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Other
If other, please specify 
Research Institute
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Member since 
Oct-14
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Boyko B. Georgiev, Phone: +35928705012, bbg@ecolab.bas.bg or boyko_georgiev@yahoo.com, Helminthologist

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Dr Anna Ganeva, Phone: +35929793765, animoss@bio.bas.bg, Briologist

Organigram 

Four departments: - Department of Plant and Fungal Diversity and Resources - Department of Animal Diversity and Resources - Department of Aquatic Ecosystems - Department of Ecosystem Research, Environmental Risk Assessment and Conservation Biology Detailed description of the structure: http://www.iber.bas.bg/?q=en/node/64

Governing and executive bodies 

Executive bodies: - Director (acting as chief executive) - Scientific Council (acting as executive board)

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff28
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections6
c) Post-docs / PhD students10
d) Others (Associates, etc.)5
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)49
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions
f) Collection managers / technicians
g) Others
TOTAL (e+f+g)
Total permanent staff 
34
Total non-permanent staff 
15
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
49
Male (%) 
45
Female (%) 
55
Any other information concerning the staff 

Detailed information on the staff: http://www.iber.bas.bg/?q=en/node/59

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
24
List of laboratories 
  1.  Chemical Laboratories (ICP, GCMS chromatograph, AAS)
  2. Laboratory of Plant Caryology
  3. Laboratory of Cyto- and Chemotaxonomy
  4. Laboratory of Phytocoenology
  5. Laboratory of Flow Cytomertry
  6. Laboratory of Palynology
  7. Laboratory of Palaeobotany
  8. Laboratory of Mycology
  9. Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology
  10. Laboratory of Chemoecology
  11. GIS Laboratory
  12. Molecular Laboratories – 4 units in the four main buildings of the institute
  13. Laboratory of TEM (ultramicrotome)
  14. Laboratory of light microscopy – 3 compound microscopes (Olympus, Zeiss) and 1 stereomicroscope of high class, all with digital cameras
  15. Laboratory of Entomology and Arachnology
  16. Laboratory of Zoocoenology
  17. Laboratory of Protozoology
  18. Laboratory of Helminthology
  19. Laboratory of Animal Cytogenetics
  20. Laboratory of Chemical Ecology of Insects
  21. Laboratory of Plant Nematology
  22. Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
  23. Laboratory of Environmental Genetics
  24. Preparatory Laboratories for General Use
Other scientific / R&D facilities 

Field stations:

  1. Ecological Station at Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (Danubian Wetlands)
  2. Biological Experimental Station Kalimok (Danubian Wetlands)
  3. Laboratory of Marine Ecology, Sozopol (Black Sea coast)
  4. Ecological Station at the Atanasovsko Lake Reserve (Black Sea coastal lagoon)
  5. Field Station Beglika (Rhodopa Mts.)
  6. Field Station Parangalitsa (Rila Mts.)
  7. Ecological Station Plana (Plana Mts. near Sofia) Link to the field stations description: http://www.iber.bas.bg/?q=en/node/101
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
0
Number of recent exhibitions 
2
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Wetlands of International Importance in Bulgaria
Name 
Ecological Project for the Benefit of the Society
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Summary of your Research programme 

The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research was established on 1 July 2010 after merging three units of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences: Institute of Zoology, Institute of Botany and Central Laboratory of General Ecology. The institute is the leading research entity in Bulgaria in the fields of ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology and sustainable use of biological resources. Research areas developed in this institute are botany, mycology, zoology, ecology, hydrobiology, conservation biology, wildlife parasitology, environmental genetics and evolutionary biology. The institute is registered for training of PhD students; as in the beginning of 2015, PhD students are 38 (including 11 PhD students in taxonomic studies). IBER-BAS is also involved in training MSc students in collaboration with various universities, mostly with the Faculty of Biology at the University of Sofia). IBER-BAS has experience during the last years in the implementation of projects funded by FP7 (6, including one managed by us), National Science Foundation of USA (1 project of the program Planetary Biodiversity Inventory), NATO, Life+, Biodiversa2 and numerous projects funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund. Recent developments of the staff qualification and technical equipment were achieved in the frames of the infrastructural projects WETLANET funded by FP7 (www.wetlanet.org) and CEBDER funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund (www.ecolab.bas.bg/cebder).

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
110
Quarterly journals/series 

Acta Zoologica Bulgarica – 4 issues per year, volume 67 in 2015, www.acta-zoologica-bulgarica.eu, indexed by Web of Science and Scopus Phytologia Balcanica – 3 issues per year, volume 21 in 2015, www.bio.bas.bg/~phytolbalcan

Link to the publications page: http://www.iber.bas.bg/?q=en/node/96

Other publications 

Flora of Bulgaria – 11 volumes Fungi of Bulgaria – 9 volumes Fauna of Bulgaria – 32 volumes Catalogus Faunae Bulgaricae – 9 volumes

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology (Palaeobotany)5716000100>50
1.2Palaeontology (Palynology)-8000100>50
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany433195530100>50
2.2Mycology 29475100>50
3.2Zoology497245000100>50
...
Total specimens (all collections) 
494,005
Outstanding collection features 

These are the most representative natural history collections for the flora and mycota of South-East Europe. The invertebrate collection is comparable in size with that of the National Museum of Natural History – Sofia, and is also representative for the region. E-catalogue of types in Herbarium SOM: www.nmnhs.com/e-natura/types-bulgaria/type_list_institution_en-SOM-p-1.html E-catalogue of types in Palaeobotanical Collection of IBER-BAS: www.nmnhs.com/e-natura/types-bulgaria/type_list_institution_en-IBER-PB-p... E-catalogue of types in Zoological Collections of IBER-BAS: www.nmnhs.com/e-natura/types-bulgaria/type_list_institution_en-IBER-ZC-p...

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

>400,000 volumes

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
100
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
2000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
30
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Fungi - basidiomycetes, rust fungi, smut fungi, ascomycetes (incl. lichenized fungi), anamorphic fungi
Microspora
Mosses and vascular plants (mostly of the flora of Bulgaria and Balkan Peninsula)
Vascular plant fossils
Protozoa: Rhizopoda (testate amoebae), Coccidia, Haemosporidia
Parasitic Platyhelminthes (Cestoda, Trematoda, Monogenea)
Zooparasitic nematodes
Plant-parasitic and soil nematodes
Annelida: Branchiobdellida
Gastropoda (terrestrial)
Araneae
Myriapoda: Julida
Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae, Buprestidae; Hymenoptera: Ampulicidae, Chrysididae, Crabronidae, Mutillidae, Sphecidae, Pteromalidae, Formicidae; Diptera; Odonata; Heteroptera; Orthoptera; Blattodea
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

Homepage – Newspage (English): http://www.iber.bas.bg/ Homepage – Newspage (Bulgarian): http://www.iber.bas.bg/?q=bg

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr Gergana Vasileva, Phone: +35928717195, gpetrunova@gmail.com (homepage manager) Ms Elena Semerjieva, Phone: +35928717195, library@ecolab.bas.bg (PR officer)

Institution news
Career opportunities
Training
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Projects for Continuing Education (in collaboration with NGOs)

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Lectures, Centre of Education, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Lectures and Practicals, MSc students: University of Sofia, New Bulgarian University, University of Forestry

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

Youth Ornithological School – 60 persons Ecology School for Secondary School Students, town of Silistra (at Srebarna Field Station)

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr Marina Stanilova, marisima@abv.bg

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

1. Systematic research 2. Collection maintenance 3. Training of taxonomists

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

1. Participation in joint projects

Last update 
09.18.17