Membership Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member?
Alternatively, you can send a copy of your CV to Emma Horrigan and she will be able to invite you to join at the most appropriate grade.
How can I check if I am already a member?
If you are not sure if you are already a member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and date of birth and we will be able to let you know.
Why should I join the Royal Society of Biology?
The Royal Society of Biology speaks as a unified voice for the life sciences. Membership can both enhance your career and networks as well as increase the work we are able to do such as contributing to science and education policy.
What membership grade should I apply at?
Use our handy guide to find out what is the best grade for you.
Alternatively, you can send a copy of your CV to membership manager Emma Horrigan and she will be able to invite you to join at the most appropriate grade.
Do I need a reference from a current member?
Member (MRSB) and Fellow (FRSB) applications need to be accompanied by the nomination of two references. These should be someone who can vouch for your professional standing and achievements, but they do not need to be a member of the Royal Society of Biology. Alternatively, send your CV to Emma Horrigan who will be able to verify your details and fast-track you through the membership process.
Do I need to be nominated by a current member?
Anyone can join the Royal Society of Biology without the need to be nominated by a current member.
I am not working in the Biosciences sector/am retired, can I still be a member?
We welcome anyone over the age of 14 who wants to be a member, and have a range of different grades so there will always be a suitable option. If you would like to check your membership options, please email Emma Horrigan to enquire.
What is the application statement?
While not compulsory, this can be used to enhance an application, and provide us with relevant information that may not appear on your CV.
It is particularly helpful for applications at the Fellowship grade. FRSB applicants should use this to include details of their overall impact on biology, such as leadership experience, teams managed, funding received, outcomes of projects and anything else that may be helpful in this context
What is the career overview?
Applications at the FRSB, MRSB or AMRSB grades are required to either upload a CV or complete a career overview with dates. The career overview should contain details of your career history, employment and studies.
Do you offer discounts for overseas applicants?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a discount. However, we do not discount solely based on location.
I am a member of another Society, do I get a discount?
Yes we offer a 50% discount for two years if you are a member of one of our full member organisations, and a discount of 30% if you are a member or employee of one of our supporting member organisations. To get this discount applied to your application or current membership fees please email the membership team with the name of the society you are also a member of and your membership number with them, so that we can verify this with the appropriate organisation.
Are discounted rates available
We offer discounts if you are studying full-time, a recent graduate, retired, in unpaid employment or on a career break. We also offer a 50% discount for two years if you are a member of one of our member organisations.
To get a discount applied to your application please email details of which criterion you meet to Emma Horrigan.
Can I pay monthly by Direct Debit?
We are not able to offer monthly direct debit for our membership fees. However, you can set up an annual direct debit through mySociety under “My Account”, by going to the “Direct Debit” section.
Do I have to be a member for a year before I can apply for grants?
As soon as you are a member you are able to apply for grants.
If you have applied to be a member but have not yet officially joined us at a membership election, we are able to process your application early so that can you apply for a grant. Please email Lucy Coia.
How do I print my membership card or certificate?
You can print your membership card or certificate through mySociety by choosing the “My Membership” option under the “Membership” tab.
How can I find my local branch?
See where our branches operate in the UK with our branch map. You can check and set which is your local branch on mySociety by going to “Membership” and then “Branches”. You can also browse all the branches on the regions pages on our website.
How can I get involved? How can I make the most of my membership?
Making sure that you have a local branch and going along to events near you is a great way of meeting local members and getting to know the community. One of the best ways to get more involved is to volunteer with your local branch, or to be on one of our committees – vacancies for these are in our jobs section. Opportunities are also published in the monthly members’ email newsletter and in The Biologist.
You can also take part in our training which is discounted for members, enrol in the online Continuing Professional Development scheme, apply to be professionally registered, and come along to our central events.
Where do I find out what events are happening?
You can check, add or change which branch you are signed up to in mySociety under the “Membership” tab, by selecting “branches”.
Where can I find out what jobs are available at the RSB?
How do I log my CPD?
How do I print my CPD certificate?
You can print your CPD certificate through mySociety by choosing the “CPD” option under the “Membership” tab.
What is a Professional Register?
Biology is an ever-changing field where keeping your knowledge up-to-date is important for showcasing your skills and in securing your next career move. The Royal Society of Biology’s professional registers are a great way to showcase your professional credentials.
We also offer Qualified Person, UK Register of Toxicologists, International Diploma in Toxicology, International Register of Fetal Morphologists, British Society of Animal Science: Register of Animal Scientists & Animal Technologists and the Plant Health Register.
Being on a professional register showcases how you meet professional standards and your commitment to Continuing Professional Development and are recognised by employers.
How do I join a Professional Register?
Once you are a member of the Royal Society of Biology you are eligible to join our Professional Registers, although some require you to be a member at MRSB or above.
Each register has its own requirements, application process and fees. They all require ongoing CPD to maintain your place on the register alongside an annual fee.
You can find the application information and guidance notes on the individual register pages using the following links: RSciTech, RSci, CBiol, CSci, CSciTeach, Qualified Person, UK Register of Toxicologists, International Diploma in Toxicology, International Register of Fetal Morphologists, British Society of Animal Science: Register of Animal Scientists & Animal Technologists, and the Plant Health Register.
Can I mentor?
We do not currently offer a mentor-mentee matching service. If you are looking for ways to volunteer your time with the Royal Society of Biology we have committees and local branch committees you may be interested in joining. Please contact the relevant chair if you are interested.
We also run an Ambassador scheme which enables participants to share their interest in the RSB with their wider network, with formal support from the membership team. If you would like to be an Ambassador, we recruit at least once a year. You can search for positions available and apply through Royal Society of Biology jobs.
Can I get showcase my career to help other members?
We are always interested in hearing the stories of members and how they got to where they are in their career. Please contact Emma Horrigan who will be glad to help you find the most suitable outlet.
I can’t log into my mySociety account
To log in to your mySociety account you need to use the email address we have for you and the password. You can reset your password on the login page. If you don’t receive a password reset email please check your junk mail.
If you are not sure which email address you should use, please contact the Membership team by phone on 01233 504 804 or by email on email@example.com.
We can then let you know which email address you have on your record. If you have not set up an email address with us, you will need to get us to add your email address to your record before you log in.
Please do not set up an alternate login as this won’t have any of your membership information or member-specific access.
Can't find the answer to your question?
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