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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.

Your affiliate membership benefits:

  • Subscription to The Biologist magazine
  • Informative newsletters
  • Access to events, festivals and workshops
  • A network of biology enthusiasts

Membership fees

Annual fee = £75
Retired, career break or unwaged annual fee = £37.50
Students in part time education (undergraduate or masters) = £37.50
Apprentices* = £20

*Apprentices with more than 3 years’ experience working in a full-time biology related position are eligible for our discounted associate grade.

Join our community

Start your application to join us via our member's portal, mySociety.

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 020 3925 3441 or by emailing

Meet our members

Read profiles from some of our affiliate members.


Our network

The 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 and the awarding of membership is assessed against the RSB’s membership criteria.

The RSB is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the sector; 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.