The next plenary meeting of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) will be held on 7 – 9 July 2017 in Valencia Spain. The meeting will precede FEMS 2017, the 7th Congress of European Microbiologists. Final arrangements will be communicated early in 2017. The meeting will be held at Hotel NH Valencia Center and will start at 10h00 on Friday 7 April and is estimated to end on Sunday 9 July by lunch time.

Each Member Society of the BAM Division of the IUMS is entitled to appoint one Full Member to the Committee. Should you be interested in attending this meeting on behalf of your society please request your society to send a letter confirming you appointment as representative to the ICSP Secretary Dr Lenie Dijkshoorn as soon as possible.

Revisions to the statutes have been proposed and will be dealt with at the meeting.

For further information please contact the ICSP Secretary Dr Lenie Dijkshoorn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes

The ICSP, formerly the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology (ICSB), is the body that oversees the nomenclature of prokaryotes, determines the rules by which prokaryotes are named and whose Judicial Commission issues Opinions concerning taxonomic matters, revisions to the Bacteriological Code, etc.

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, bacteriologists tried to follow the provisions of the Botanical Code of Nomenclature, because bacteria had traditionally been considered fungi, the Schizomycetes. Methods of study were, however, very different. Also, much emphasis had to be put on cultural characteristics, so that type cultures were of critical importance. Type cultures are not permitted under the Botanical Code; therefore, at the First International Congress of Microbiology in Paris in 1930, proposals were made for bacteriology to establish its own Code of Nomenclature. A committee under the able guidance of the American bacteriologist R. E. Buchanan began work on this and, at the Second Congress in London in 1936, a draft Code was presented and placed under the aegis of the International Committee for Bacteriological Nomenclature [later, the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology (ICSB), and now, the ICSP]. Buchanan condensed the provisions for nomenclature into a few broad principles that are still valid today.

ICSP is a committee under the Bateriology and Applied Microbiology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS)