Honorary membership

Honorary membership is the highest honour that The Physiological Society presents to an individual. It is awarded to those individuals who are ‘persons of distinction in science who have contributed to the advancement of physiology’ and The Society is seeking nominations for individuals who have demonstrable eminence and impact in/on physiology in any specialism. The awardees’ contribution can include research, teaching, promotion and dissemination and other such areas but will be of established status and reputation and have made a substantial impact. 

Please note, Honorary membership is not limited to current Members of The Society and is intended to honor those who have made a substantial impact in physiology. 

A nominee is not eligible if they are a current Trustee or have served in this position with their term of office finishing in the previous calendar year.

You can view a full listing of our current Honorary Members.

Submission will be open all year, but the Nominations Committee considers nominations in the first quarter of the calendar year and makes a recommendation for awardees to Council. While there is no set quota, the number of Honorary Members elected in a given year is unlikely to exceed three.

The Physiological Society recognises that the assessment of distinction and impact is subjective and requires a level of judgement. However, in support of a fair, transparent and systematic approach, the Nominations Committee will make the appropriate assessment solely in context of information provided via the nomination form below.

Please ensure when completing the form:

  • The proposing Member is currently a Full, Honorary or Fellow Member of The Society,
  • The form is completed clearly, in full and according to the instructions, 
  • All information relevant to the nomination is completed on the form and not attached as supplementary documentation,
  • It is explicitly evidenced how the candidate meets the criteria of distinction and how their work has impacted the advancement of physiology. 

We are committed to equality and diversity and encourage expressions of interest from all communities and backgrounds. As such, applications are particularly welcome from those traditionally under-represented.

The President will write to both the successful candidates and their proposers and to the proposers of unsuccessful candidates. In the case that a nomination is not recommended to Council for award, only the proposer will be notified. 

Awardees are publically announced and invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. 

Only Full, Honorary and Fellow Members will be allowed to submit a nomination.

When completing this form; please refer to the guidance above.

It is important to provide specific examples of the contributions of the nominee. Examples may include reference to specific publications or other contributions.

Candidates will be assessed on the content of this form only.

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