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

27th IBA Conference Kalispell, Montana, USA

September 12, 2021 - September 18, 2021

Kalispell, Montana, United States

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Past Conferences

21st IBA Conference
November 26, 2012 – November 30, 2012 in New Delhi, India

20th IBA Conference
July 17, 2011 – July 23, 2011 in Ottawa, 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 8, 2004 – February 13, 2004 in San Diego, California, USA

14th IBA Conference
August 4, 2002 – August 9, 2002 in Steinkjer, Norway

13th IBA Conference
May 6, 2001 – May 11, 2001 in Jackson, Wyoming, USA

12th IBA Conference
January 1, 1999 – January 5, 1999 in Brasov, Romania

11th IBA Conference
April 19, 1998 – April 24, 1998 in Gatlinburg, USA

11th IBA Conference
September 20, 1997 – September 24, 1997 in Graz, Austria

10th IBA Conference
September 11, 1995 – September 14, 1995 in Mora, Sweden

10th IBA Conference
July 16, 1995 – July 20, 1995 in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

9th IBA Conference
October 19, 1992 – October 22, 1992 in Grenoble, France

9th IBA Conference
February 23, 1992 – February 28, 1992 in Missoula, USA

8th IBA Conference
February 20, 1989 – February 25, 1989 in Victoria, Canada

7th IBA Conference
January 1, 1986 – January 4, 1986 in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Yugoslavia

7th IBA Conference
January 1, 1986 – January 4, 1986 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

6th IBA Conference
February 18, 1983 – February 22, 1983 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

5th IBA Conference
February 10, 1980 – February 13, 1980 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

3rd IBA Conference
June 1, 1977 – June 4, 1977 in Moscow, Russia

4th IBA Conference
February 1, 1977 – February 5, 1977 in Kalispell, Montana, USA

3rd IBA Conference
June 1, 1974 – June 5, 1974 in Binghamton, New York, USA

2nd IBA Conference
January 1, 1970 – January 4, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1st IBA Conference
August 1, 1968 – August 4, 1968 in Whitehorse, Yukon, 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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