General information

Biosemiotics is an interdisciplinary research agenda investigating the myriad forms of communication and signification found in and between living systems. It is thus the study of representation, meaning, sense, and the biological significance of codes and sign processes, from genetic code sequences to intercellular signalling processes to animal display behaviour to human semiotic artefacts such as language and abstract symbolic thought.

Researchers interested in the intersection of meaning-making and biology are the backbone of our interdisciplinary undertaking, and we welcome thoughtful submissions from scholars in any discipline relevant to a deeper understanding of the role of signs in life.

Founded in 2005, during the Fifth Annual Gatherings in Biosemiotics at the University of Urbino, Italy, the purpose of the International Society of Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) is to constitute an organizational framework for the collaboration among scholars dedicated to biosemiotic studies, and to propagate knowledge of this field of study to researchers in related areas, as well as to the public in general. Towards this end, the Society assures the organization of regular meetings on research into the semiotics of nature, as well as to promote the publication of scholarly work on the semiotics of life processes.

Towards this end, the Society is the overseeing agency for both the Biosemotics journal, and the Biosemiotics Book Series, in conjunction with Springer publishers.


Membership in the ISBS is open to anyone interested in furthering, or even just keeping abreast of, developments in this interdisciplinary research agenda for a one-time fee of 10 Euro, which will put you on our mailing list for all Society-related announcements. Please go here to if you wish to be part of our Society

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