The IBA sponsors international conferences and workshops about bear biology, research, and management.

The International Conference on Bear Research & Management is the largest of these conferences and is focused on all 8 bear species. The International Conferences are rotated between the Americas and Eurasia on an 18-month rotation. In addition to the International Conferences, the IBA also supports national and regional workshops, which can vary widely in their scope and topics. IBA generally collaborates with sponsors of these workshops, but official approval by the IBA is not required.

Upcoming Conferences

2018 IBA Conference in Slovenia

2018 IBA Conference

September 16, 2018 - September 21, 2018

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Past Conferences

25th IBA Conference

November 12, 2017 - November 17, 2017

Quito, Ecuador

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1st International Symposium on Sun Bear Conservation & Management

September 4, 2017 - September 6, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

23rd IBA Conference

October 5, 2014 - October 11, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece

22nd IBA Conference

September 15, 2013 - September 20, 2013 in Provo, Utah, USA

21st IBA Conference

November 26, 2012 - November 30, 2012 in New Delhi, India

20th IBA Conference

July 17, 2011 - July 23, 2011 in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

19th IBA Conference

May 18, 2010 - May 22, 2010 in Tbilisi, Georgia Republic

18th IBA Conference

November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007 in Monterrey, Mexico

17th IBA Conference

October 2, 2006 - October 6, 2006 in Nagano, Japan

16th IBA Conference

September 27, 2005 - October 1, 2005 in Riva del Garda, Italy

15th IBA Conference

February 16, 2004 in San Diego, USA

14th IBA Conference

August 5, 2002 in Steinkjer, Norway

13th IBA Conference

May 7, 2001 in Jackson, USA

11th IBA Conference

April 16, 1998 in Gatlinburg, USA

11th IBA Conference

September 20, 1997 in Graz, Austria

10th IBA Conference

September 3, 1995 in Mora, Sweden

10th IBA Conference

July 1, 1995 in Fairbanks, USA

9th IBA Conference

October 10, 1992 in Grenoble, France

9th IBA Conference

February 12, 1992 in Missoula, USA

8th IBA Conference

February 9, 1989 in Victoria, Canada

Interested in Hosting an IBA Conference?

Sponsorship is approved by the IBA Council and proposals for hosting the international conference should be submitted several years in advance. For more information, contact the IBA President below.

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