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If you have an interest in biology and want to get involved with the life science community then this level of membership is for you


No formal qualification in biology is required for our affiliate grade, all you need is a passion for the life sciences and a desire to get involved with the biological community.

Biology occupies a central position in 21st century society and we believe it's vital that everyone has a voice and the opportunity to contribute to discussions on contemporary science issues.

Apply online today and start getting involved.

Benefits include:

  • Subscription to The Biologist magazine
  • E-bulletins
  • Access to events, festivals and workshops
  • A network of biology enthusiasts

Joining fees

  • Annual fee = £67
  • Retired or unwaged annual fee = £33.50

The Royal Society of Biology's Council is responsible for electing new members, however our membership team will be able to provide guidance about which grade to apply for and what evidence you will need to include in your application.

Our membership elections take place each quarter on the 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October. To ensure your application is considered we must have received it no less than 7 days prior to the election date.


If you have any questions regarding membership or your application please don't hesitate to contact us on 01233 504 804 or by emailing

Meet our members

Read profiles from some of our affiliate members.


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The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) welcomes membership applications from everyone irrespective of age*, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Eligibility will be assessed against the RSB’s membership criteria, and the awarding of membership will be based on merit alone.

The RSB is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and higher education, in the workplace and training.

*Membership is not available to anyone under the age of 14.
School or college students aged 14 to 19 can apply to become BioNet members of the RSB.

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