Categories of Membership
The IUPS is the international organization that represents the discipline of physiology. Its members are organizations, and their relationships with IUPS fall into one of the following five categories :
Adhering Body. The official organization representing the physiological scientists of a country or territory and paying yearly dues. This type of society has voting delegates at the General Assembly. It may either be a national organization, such as an academy, or a country's physiological society, whichever pays the dues.
Supporting Society. If an Adhering Body represents one or more societies of physiologists, each of these societies is termed a Supporting Society. A Supporting Society does not pay dues.
Regional Member. A regional federation or association of national societies of physiological scientists from a continent or other geographical entity. Regional Members may send an observer without vote to the meetings of the General Assembly.
Associate Member. An organization that represents physiologists in countries or territories where physiological science is not sufficiently developed to afford membership dues. No dues is required of an Associate Member, but it may send an observer without vote to the meetings of the General Assembly.
Affiliated Society. An international scientific society representing a branch of science that overlaps with physiology. It may send an observer without vote to the meetings of the General Assembly.
Special Member. Research and development institutions and laboratories, industrial organizations, production units, and any other bodies or individuals interested in the aims of the Union. A Special Member is admitted by vote of Council and is entitled to receive advance notice of congresses and symposia sponsored by the IUPS. Each Special Member may send an observer without vote to the meetings of the General Assembly.
In order to be become a member, an organization needs to apply by submitting certain documents and being approved by the General Assebly. Click here for more information.