The Systematics Association is dedicated to furthering all aspects of Systematic biology. It organises a vigorous programme of international sessions on key themes in Systematics, including a series of major biennial conferences to be launched in 1997. The Systematics Association was founded in May 1937 as the "Committee on Systematics in Relative to General Biology" to deliver a forum for the conversation of the general theoretical and practical problems of taxonomy. The first of the Association's publications, The New Systematics, edited by the late Sir Julian Huxley, focused on new data from cryogenics, ecology and other fields. The association also supports a variety of training courses in systematics and awards scholarships in support of systematics research. the Association has pioneered discussion on many new expansions in systematics and more than 50 Unusual Volumes have been published. These have included systematic surveys of groups as varied as haptophyte algae, tetrapods, lichens, free-living flagellates and haematophagous insects. Other volumes have traveled fields such as phylogenetic reconstruction, systematics and conservation, genome evolution and the emergence of the biosphere. The Association also publishes books resultant from training courses and on general aspects of systematics.