1) Be a part of the largest network of biologists* in the UK
We are the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the UK, with more than 17,000 individual members – from biology students to Nobel prize winners - and over 100 organisational members from all areas of the life sciences. Regular events and special interest groups help members meet, share knowledge, and collaborate.
2) Gain recognition for your skills and experience
As well as post-nominal letters for associates, members and Fellows, we offer professional register status, including Chartered Biologist, Chartered Scientist, Registered Scientist, Registered Science Technician, and Chartered Science Teacher, along with CPD tools to help demonstrate your skills and competence to employers and peers.
3) Supercharge your skillset
We offer a wide range of courses for all abilities and interests, both personal and professional, covering topics as diverse as project management, persuasive writing, networking, exhibition design, podcast production, commercial awareness, microscopy art, scientific entrepreneurship and much more. Courses are substantially discounted for members (up to 50%).
4) Help influence science policy and science in the media
Our policy team regularly provides input to Government on pressing scientific issues and policy affecting scientists. Our members are crucial to formulating our response. Likewise our media team links scientists with journalists to ensure when biology hits the headlines, coverage is accurate and measured.
5) Support the future of biology
Much of your membership fee will help fund the Society’s charitable work promoting the life sciences and inspiring future generations of bioscientists. The Royal Society of Biology provides a range of membership grades to suit you at every stage of your career, from aspiring students to senior bioscientists.
*We take a broad view of biology and encompass those working in all areas of the science of life, from molecules, through whole organisms, to ecosystems; we therefore use the terms biologist, life scientist, bioscientist and biological scientist interchangeably.