The predecessor of the Biology Council was the Taskforce Sector Portrait Biology. This Task Force created, with the cooperation of many, a Sector Portrait that showed the present status of Dutch biology. This Sector Portrait “Fundaments of Life; Portrait of Dutch Biology” (2020) initiated a Sector Plan. The Biology Sector Portrait is part of the Sector Portrait “Establishing a stronger foundation” (“Voor een sterker fundament (2020)” which includes, in addition to Biology, the sector portraits of the disciplines of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Astronomy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. On 13 March 2023, the Beta II Sector Plan was presented to Minister Dijkgraaf, with positive advice from the National Commission on Sector Plans.