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Life and Honorary Membership are two of the most distinguished honours that may be bestowed on a member of the Institute.
The IBMS offers the award of Life Membership to up to four individuals per year. Life Membership is awarded to recognise an individual member’s significant contribution and support to the Institute across a number of years.
It is typically expected that a nominee for Life Membership would be able to demonstrate both:
• At least 25 years of continuous membership
• At least 10 years of continuous service to the Institute which may include:
o regional committee chairman
o regional secretary or treasurer
o other regional committee member
o regional or national council members in isolation or in conjunction with above
o professional representation as defined by Membership Committee
o professional nomination as defined by Membership Committee
o Institute examiners (chief or deputy)
o advisory panel membership
o specialist advisor in a biomedical science related role
o research scientist in a biomedical science related role
o book author or editor in a biomedical science related role
o educational advisor in a biomedical science related role
o peer acknowledged national or international expert with regards to biomedical science
o other activities following assessment by Membership Committee
Nominations are invited from all members, but will require the support of the Regional Chair where the nominated member resides.
To nominate a member for Life Membership please download and complete this form with as much information you can. You will then need to forward the nomination form to the Regional Chair to complete the final page of the form. This can be done by through the Regional Secretaries whose contact details can be found in the IBMS diary or here. Once the Regional Chair has returned the completed form to you, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December.
All received nominations are then considered by the Membership Committee at the January meeting, with a recommendation to the March meeting of Council. Both nominator and nominee will be informed in writing of the Council decision and the award made at the AGM in June. Nominations received after 31st December will not be eligible for consideration until the following year.
Article 26 of the Institute’s Articles of Association states that:
"The Council may elect any members who have retired from active professional life to be Honorary Members if in the opinion of the Council such members have given long and valuable service in the interests of the Institute or any of its branches."
Long service needs to be defined – it is suggested that this is a minimum of 10 years of reckonable activities coupled with at least 25 years (continuous) membership of IBMS.
Valuable service needs to be defined and can include some or all of the following reckonable activities:
Honorary Membership is a retirement award and cannot be made whilst engaged in active professional life – nominations being made at the discretion of the appropriate nominating individual or group.