Our charitable objects

The Society's charitable objects are to 'promote, for the benefit of the public, the advancement of physiology, and facilitate the intercourse of physiologists both at home and abroad, and thereby contribute to the progress and understanding of biomedical and related sciences and the detection, prevention and treatment of disease, disability and malfunction of physical processes in all forms of life'.

The major activities we undertake to achieve our charitable objects include publishing two journals, supporting a number of scientific meetings annually, and awarding grants to allow Members to travel to scientific meetings and to carry out research collaborations. Interaction with outside bodies is encouraged through representation on various councils and committees, and our membership of the Federation of European Physiological Societies, the International Union of Physiological Sciences and the Royal Society of Biology.  


Our strategic objectives

1. To support physiological research through publications and scientific meetings

  • foster the highest quality science and research ethics within the discipline of physiology
  • publish scientific journals that aim to be at the top of their peer group for scientific quality, ethics and impact, and which provide significant financial support to facilitate the other activities of The Society
  • support scientific meetings of outstanding international quality and relevance for the broadest possible range of physiological disciplines, with very high standards of presentation and discussion. These should provide ample opportunities for young investigators to present their findings to the most relevant experts in the field promote links with physiologists in other countries and to foster physiology internationally

2. To support education in physiology

  • encourage a high quality entry of school leavers into UK and Irish undergraduate courses which provide a proper training in physiology
  • develop physiology as a central component of modern biology in the context of changes to university infrastructures and to promote its teaching in biological, physiological and applied physiological courses (such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine)
  • support and encourage physiologists at formative stages in their careers
  • provide training opportunities in new techniques of value to physiologists

3. To communicate the importance of physiology

  • foster a clear medical, public and government understanding of physiology, highlighting contributions to medicine, society and the economy

4. To support our membership and maintain our operations

  • actively increase and broaden the membership base of The Society
  • work with other national and international learned societies in closely related scientific disciplines to share resources and organise joint initiatives, while still retaining a clear and prominent identity
  • have a financial and investment strategy that generates sufficient income to achieve The Society’s objectives, with contingency plans for a range of future scenarios
  • build an efficient administrative and governance structure to support these aims. To develop an administrative group that is pro-active, adds expertise and value so that the Council can concentrate on strategic matters and the Executive Committee can direct and monitor implementation