The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization open to professional biologists, wildlife managers and others dedicated to the conservation of all bear species. The organization has over 550 members from over 50 countries. It supports the scientific management of bears through research and distribution of information. The IBA sponsors international conferences on all aspects of bear biology, ecology and management. Many of the conference papers are published as peer-reviewed scientific papers in the journal Ursus. (International Association for Bear Research & Management, UICN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, 2016).
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 8bear species. The International Conferences are rotated between the Americas and Eurasia on an 18-month rotation. (International Association for Bear Research & Management, UICN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, 2016).