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The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for those who work within the field of biomedical science. Its principal aims are to represent its members, set standards of behaviour for its members, enable career development, educate its members, promote biomedical science to the public and award qualifications appropriate to the collective knowledge and skill base of its members.
The Institute was founded in 1912 and represents over 19,000 members employed predominately within the healthcare arena, but also within university and veterinary laboratories, government agencies and other services. Other members also work in related commercial fields and academia. Although most Institute members live and work in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, many other members are employed throughout the world.
The Institute organises a diverse range of scientific and professional events including its three-day Biomedical Science Congress - the largest event of its kind in the UK.
The Institute publishes two periodicals, the monthly The Biomedical Scientist and quarterly British Journal of Biomedical Science, which together carry scientific papers, news, articles, opinions, reports, diaries of events and job advertisements. It also publishes a number of laboratory and professional guidelines and careers information.
A network of Institute regions and branches in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Gibraltar provides opportunities for members to participate locally in Institute affairs. The 11 Institute regions support local biomedical scientists, promote the profession, develop local networks and organise scientific and social meetings.
Grants and prizes are available for research and other scientific work in biomedical science subjects.
IBMS supports members engaged on charitable work through direct funding or by the waiving of membership fees.
The Institute offers a package of membership benefits for biomedical scientists. If you would like to consider joining the Institute you can download an information pack or you can contact the IBMS office on firstname.lastname@example.org.