Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Original name(s)

  • Институт по биоразнообразие и екосистемни изследвания Българска академия на науките (bg - Bulgarian)
Institution Address

2 Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia

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

Type of organisation

Institution Address

2 Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia

Director Representative

Prof.Boyko Georgiev


Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

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. 





Staff fields

staff_year of reference2017
staff total49.0
scientific staff (permanent)28.0
scientific staff collections (permanent)6.0
scientific staff associated5.0

General Description

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 ( and CEBDER funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund (

Research Page: Research projects

Link to Annual Reports

Research Fields

  • Anthropology / Physical anthropology (46.20.00)

Research Initiative

Activities and outreach with Universities

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


Activities and outreach with other public

Projects for Continuing Education (in collaboration with NGOs)



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