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Honorary membership

We award Honorary Membership to individuals who are ‘persons of distinction in science who have contributed to the advancement of physiology’. These may be awarded to any individual, not just current Members. Please note that current Trustees or those who finished their term in 2017 are ineligible. You can view a full listing of our current Honorary Members.

The award is intended for those 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. 

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

We recognise 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 nominations 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 June. 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. In 2018 the Annual General Meeting will be held during Europhysiology 2018 in September.