Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research Institute

Original name(s)

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

2 Gagarin Street
1113  Sofia
BG - Bulgaria

Type of organisation

Institution Address

2 Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia
BG - Bulgaria

Research Institute (Public)

Director Representative

Dr.Anna Ganeva



Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

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

Staff fields

scientific staff associated: 5.0.scientific staff collections permanent: 6.0.scientific staff permanent: 28.0;staff total: 49.0;staff year of reference: 2017

Membership fields

Full member

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

  • 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

Research Initiative

On-line outreach activitie : : [['No']]
other outreach activitie : : ['Youth Ornithological School – 60 persons Ecology School for Secondary School Students, town of Silistra (at Srebarna Field Station)']
Non academic trainings : : ['Projects for Continuing Education (in collaboration with NGOs)']
Academic trainings : : ['Lectures, Centre of Education, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Lectures and Practicals, MSc students: University of Sofia, New Bulgarian University, University of Forestry']
General description : : [['No']]


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