The International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) is a democratic, international, professional society dedicated to promoting scientific research and education relating to artificial life, including sponsoring conferences, publishing scientific journals, and maintaining web sites related to artificial life.

Artificial Life (published by MIT Press) is the official journal of ISAL, and the annual Conference on Artificial Life is the society’s official scientific gathering. The annual conference series arose from the merger (in 2018) of the former biannual International Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE) and European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) series. Further information on these activities can be found in the Publications and Conferences sections of this website.

The society’s annual awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field. Recipients are chosen by an open nomination process open to all members of the broader Artificial Life community, which are then reviewed by three committees, who make recommendations for final approval by the ISAL board of directors.

We also have an active ISAL Student and Postdoc Group named ERA – Emerging Researchers in Alife for students and postdocs working in Artificial Life and related areas.

ISAL was established in May 2001 as a non-profit organization. It is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of elected ISAL members as well as individuals specially appointed by the Board. For information on how to join ISAL, please see the Membership section of this website.

Further information about the structure, bylaws and policies of the society is available in the following documents: