The Biophysical Society was founded in 1958 to lead the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. It does so through its many programs, including its meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. The Society's members, now over 9,000, work in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.

Each year, the Society holds an Annual Meeting, which brings together over 6,000 research scientists in the multidisciplinary fields representing biophysics. With more than 4,000 poster presentations, over 200 exhibits, and more than 20 symposia, the Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of biophysicists in the world. Despite its size, the meeting retains its small-meeting flavor through its subgroup meetings, platform sessions, social activities, and committee programs. Abstract submission to the Annual Meeting is a privilege of membership, although a member may sponsor a non-member. The Society also sponsors smaller thematic meetings each year.

The Society publishes the Biophysical Journal twice monthly, which is accessible online to all members as a benefit of membership. Furthermore, various Annual Meeting Publications, a monthly Newsletter, and a Directory of Members, are also made available to members.

Membership to the Society is open to scientists who share the stated purpose of the Society and who have educational, research, or practical experience in biophysics or in an allied scientific field. Categories of membership include student, early career, regular, and emeritus.

Governed by a membership-elected  Council, the Society's central office is located at 5515 Security Lane, Suite 1110, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. Telephone: 240-290-5600; Fax: 240-290-5555; society@biophysics.org.