OBFS International Committee

In 1989, the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) created an International Committee.
OBFS recognized that field stations on Earth share many of the same goals, objectives, and problems; thus, an international organization to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to these interests seemed appropriate.


The goals of IOBFS have been derived from contact with OBFS members and contact with international stations during the development of the directory. The process of developing goals and objectives is continuing along with additional input from international stations.

Below is a list of potential goals and objectives based on responses from international field stations and committee members:
•    Develop a directory of field stations to assist in establishing a global communication network.
•    Link field stations through an electronic information network.
•    Facilitate the exchange of scientists among field stations.
•    Foster development of education programs at field stations.
•    Develop cooperative research activities.
•    Strengthen library resources at field stations.
•    Provide global positioning devices to facilitate mapping in remote areas.
•    Organize an international meeting among field station representatives.