Welcome to the British Society for Cell Biology website

The BSCB was founded 1965 in order to promote the advancement of research in all branches of cell biology and to encourage the interchange of information. The Society organises a large annual conference each Spring and supports a number of other meetings across the UK relevant to cell biology. It helps promote the career development of young cell biologists and provides both travel funds for young researchers and summer research bursaries to undergraduates to work in BSCB member’s labs. The Society awards the Hooke Medal each year to a UK-based cell biologist who has made outstanding contributions to their field and since 2015 a medal to recognise outstanding female early career cell biologists. As of 2021, The Society now recognises up-and-coming young cell biologists with our new PhD and postdoc medals.

The BSCB runs annual competitions for cell biology imagery and science writing and also provides a range of highly popular informational resources for school pupils that are used across the globe. The BSCB plays an increasing role in raising awareness of science policy and funding issues in the UK.

The Society is supported by membership subscriptions and by a generous grant from The Company of Biologists, the publishers of the Journal of Cell Science, DevelopmentJournal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models and Mechanisms.


We are currently looking for new committee members. If you are interested in applying, send your CV, and a cover letter explaining why you would like to join, to the BSCB Secretary at secretary@bscb.org.

We are also looking for a new Postdoc Rep on the committee – the process is the same as that described above, but you must have at least 18 months left on your current contract.

Latest News

Launch of The Forest of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is excited to announce the launch of The Forest of Biologists, a bio-positive publishing initiative. The Company of Biologists will be planting a tree for each Research Article and Review article published in its five journals, as well as preserving ancient woodland to recognise the important work of all peer reviewers. […]


BSCB Meetings

Date Title Venue Website
April 17, 2023 - April 20, 2023 Dynamic Cell V Loughborough University More info... Meeting Page