What we do

The Physiological Society has a 140 year tradition at the forefront of life sciences.

It is the largest network of physiologists in Europe with academic journals of global reach. Our governing document further describes what The Society is and the rules by which we operate.

The Physiological Society is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee, No. 323575, and a registered charity No. 211585. The registered office is Hodgkin Huxley House, 30 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AW, UK.

Our aims

Physiology is the science of life. Our strategy is to make physiology flourish.

Our Members are at the heart of The Society. They are the passionate advocates for our cause and key to the success of our strategy is to inspire and empower them to engage with other about physiology.

When physiologists collaborate around the world, their research contributes to a better understanding of the complex functions of living organisms. Expanding physiological knowledge helps us to understand how the body works. It also helps us to determine what goes wrong in disease, facilitating the discovery for new diagnostics, treatments and preventative measures.

Additionally, we aim to meet the needs of the next generation of physiologists to ensure the continued health of the discipline. It involves focusing on issues that matter and being innovative in the way we communicate. Adapting to the digital age and multi-channel world in which we live is crucial to connecting with the new generation.

During the course of our long history physiology and The Society have been at the heart of great scientific advancements. But as the political, economic and societal structures in which we operate face uncertainty, it is all the more important that we have a clear strategic direction. Being proud of our past while looking clearly to the future is at the core of our strategy. This is how we will work with our Members, partners and the public to ensure physiology flourishes.

Public benefit

The Society’s activities benefit the public in a variety of charitable ways. Our publications, meetings and educational resources directly benefit people actively involved in physiology such as researchers, teachers, and students. This investment then has a trickle-down effect by improving human health and broadening the public’s understanding of how physiology relates to everyday life.

The Society provides the following specific public benefits:

  • The publication of scientific journals
  • The holding of meetings and conferences to spread advances in physiology
  • Creating and distributing educational resources to support the understanding of physiology as well as encourage its study
  • Awarding grants to support attendance at scientific meetings
  • Communicating the importance of physiology to human health and society through press releases, free public lectures, and other outreach activities
  • Supporting our Members’ research within the discipline

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