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1. The European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA) was formed in 1975 and brings together the representatives of the national biological associations listed in Annex 1.
2. The aims and objectives of ECBA are:
2.1. to represent the professional interests of biologists in European countries
2.2. to enhance the professional competence of biologists in European countries
2.3. to provide information on professional matters concerning biologists
2.4. to promote co-operation between national biological associations throughout Europe
2.5. to facilitate the free movement of biologists within European countries
2.6. to promote the exchange of those teaching biology in all types of educational establishments
2.7. to promote the essential role of biology in the education of the public
2.8. to advise the European Union and the public in general on biological issues of public concern.
Need for a European Professional Biologist title
[Ref omitted to ECBA Publication No 9 because now out of date]
Difference between academic and professional titles
3. The difference between a professional and an academic qualification is an important one. An academic title, such as a first degree in biology, signifies that the holder has achieved the required standard in his/her knowledge of biology. On the other hand, a professional qualification signifies that as well as having an academic qualification, the holder has also completed a period of professional experience during which that knowledge has been put into practice in a biologically related job.
4. The difference, therefore, is that an academic qualification is based mainly on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, whereas a professional qualification also signifies experience and competence.