The symposia series on the biology of terrestrial isopods aims to share our up-to-date scientific knowledge on Oniscidea. The first symposia in the series was held in London, UK, in 1983, which was followed by nine others: Urbino, Italy (1986); Poitiers, France (1990); Haifa, Israel (1997); Iraklion, Greece (2001); Aveiro, Portugal (2004); Tunis, Tunisia (2007); Bled, Slovenia (2011), Poitiers, France (2014) and Budapest, Hungary (2017).

The meeting scheduled for 2020 in Olomouc (Czech Republic) has been postponed because of Covid-19. If all goes well we can meet in person in Olomouc in 2022. As we believe sharing knowledge and connecting with each other is important (especially for those new to the field) a virtual ISTIB will be held in 2021 hosted from Ghent, Belgium by ‘Spinicornis’ (the Terrestrial Isopod Research Group of Belgium) and the Forest & Nature Lab of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University.

One of the main goals is to build scientific connections across the globe, among topics, to give and get new ideas and knowledge on taxonomy, systematics, morphology, biogeography through physiology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, etc.