About the IST

The International Society on Toxinology was founded in 1962 by a group on scientists and clinicians interested in advancing the science of toxinology. The Society had it's first international meeting in 1966 in Atlantic City, USA and it's Journal, Toxicon, was first published in 1963.

The purpose of the Society is to advance knowledge on the properties of toxins and antitoxins and to bring together scholars interested in these substances through a common Society. Membership consists of those who have conducted and published meritorious original investigations in toxinology, while persons who do not qualify for membership but are interested in the field of toxinology are eligible for associate membership.

The IST operates under a Constitution, recently revised (downloadable as pdf) and a clear animal ethics policy (downloadable as pdf).

The World Congress is the premiere scientific (and social) meeting for the IST, held every two years. The last IST World Congress was in Hainan, China in 2017. The next IST congress will be the European Section Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, September 22-26, 2018. The next full IST World Congress is scheduled for 2019, venue and dates yet to be announced. Don't miss these major evenst! Support the IST and support your own learning and information dissemination by attending IST congresses. Presentations at these congresses are reserved for IST members, but joining the IST costs less than the difference in registration fees between members and non-members, so joining the IST is an economic "no brainer".