The IBMS is dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of excellence in biomedical science. Whether this is achieved through training and education, promoting the profession, influencing policy or through the work of the Institute's Council, committees and advisory panels – none of it would be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our members.
Why is getting involved important?
The IBMS is built on the participation of our members at local and national level. From IBMS Council members, making key decisions and developing policy on behalf of the profession to members who give their time to verify specialist portfolios, promote the profession to the public through local events and contribute to IBMS discussion forums.
The IBMS is committed to involving our members in the development and delivery of our policies and services. Getting involved with the IBMS means we can put your needs and those of the profession at the heart of our work. We want you to help us shape the Institute and the profession, especially in these challenging times.
Some of the ways that you can get involved include:
- Join your local IBMS region or branch – our region and branch network plays a key role in supporting biomedical scientists, building local networks and promoting the profession.
- Attend or help out at a local IBMS event - our regions and branches hold events throughout the year to support and develop your practice. These include accredited training courses, CPD and informative professional and scientific events.
- Attend Congress – find out about all the latest professional developments, innovations and techniques and network with fellow biomedical scientists.
- Take part in our member discussion forums – take part in the conversation and exchange the latest professional advice and scientific developments with other members.
- Vote in IBMS Council elections – choose your representatives and have your say in how the IBMS is run.
- Professional promotion – ensure that the profession is recognised and represented in your workplace.
For members wanting to take on a more active role in the IBMS:
- Promote biomedical science – promote the profession and inspire the next generation of budding biomedical scientists with activities ranging from school visits to briefing the local press.
- Become a CPD officer – contribute to the development of your colleagues, the service we provide and body of knowledge and skills of the profession.
- Become a specialist portfolio assessor – help further the professional development of your fellow biomedical scientists.
- Become a CPA assessor – an opportunity to represent the profession and facilitate the sharing best practice within the biomedical science community.
- Become a panel member – contribute to the development of the profession and offer guidance to IBMS members.
- Stand for election to Council – a chance to make key decisions and develop policy on behalf of the biomedical science profession.
What's in it for me?
An engaged and involved membership creates a powerful voice and a strong support network for the profession and its practitioners. Members who are already taking part in IBMS activities find that getting involved can be highly rewarding.
In addition to benefitting their profession, members include; the opportunity to meet colleagues and network, developing new skills, enhancing their CVs and opportunities for personal and professional development amongst the reasons they value getting involved with IBMS activities.
What if I don't have time to get involved?
We appreciate that many of our members have busy professional and personal lives, yet would still like to get involved. There are a number of ways you can get involved without stepping away from your desk:
- Sign up to receive the IBMS eNewsletter
- Follow us on social media - join our online community and add your voice to discussions and debates.
- Pass the latest IBMS updates on to your colleagues.
- Respond to one of our surveys or consultations
- Send your stories to email@example.com - If you have an interesting story to tell about your job or the profession more generally get in touch.
- Get in touch and tell us what you think at Your Say (members only).
Get involved and become part of your biomedical science community. With our members at the heart of our work we can better serve the needs of the profession and plan for the future.
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