Public benefit

As a charitable organisation that is recognised and registered as a charity in England and Wales, we are legally required to demonstrate that our aims are for the public benefit.

Our public benefit statement:

Physiology is the science of how humans and other animals function in an integrated way and is the basis for many biological and clinical sciences. The Society supports research to advance the understanding of physiology and disease, as well as education and public engagement to develop an informed society.

The charitable purposes of The Society are to support and sustain the discipline of physiology through the advancement of science and education and thereby the advancement of human and animal health.

The benefits provided by The Society are in the form of: the publication of scientific journals; the holding of meetings and conferences to disseminate advances in physiology; the provision of educational resources to support the understanding and encourage the study of  physiology; the provision of grants to support attendance at scientific meetings and the promotion of the importance of physiology to the public, through free public lectures and other outreach activities to provide an insight into how basic research translates directly to improving human health. We support our Members who conduct research, providing that this is within the principles of UK and European legislation.

The beneficiaries of The Society include those involved in research, teaching or studying physiology in universities, industry, colleges and schools. Members of the public who wish to learn more about physiology are beneficiaries and all will ultimately benefit from physiological advances that promote health and treat disease. Further beneficiaries are other charities promoting science, education and health.

Some benefits are restricted to Members of The Society who are scientists or trainee scientists. These benefits (e.g. grants to present work at scientific meetings or provide access to specialist training courses) would not be directly relevant to the public. Other benefits such as educational materials, scientific publications and outreach events are available to all.

Provisions are in place for those on low incomes. Membership and registration fees are reduced or waived for students and for those from developing countries. Educational materials and our magazine are available to all free of charge. Our journals are offered at a reduced price in developing countries and online access to articles is freely available to all after twelve months from their date of publication. Publishing work in our journals is free to authors, unless they want to make their article freely available immediately on publication (open access), in which case an article-processing charge will apply.

Private benefits are incidental and mainly consist of prizes for exceptional scientific or educational achievements.

In reviewing The Society’s performance during the year, Council has had regard to the guidance on public benefit issued by the Charity Commission.