Council Articulates Society’s Goals

BPS promotes scientific excellence, integrity, diversity, and community building

The Society’s newly reorganized Council recently met to discuss the Society’s current and future plans and goals. Council reaffirmed that the Society’s mission and purpose as stated in its bylaws, to promote the field of biophysics and disseminate biophysics research, is more important than ever as biological research becomes increasingly quantitative.

Council also agreed that in order to fulfill its mission and best serve its members and those in the field of biophysics, the Society and all its programs must foster and embody the basic values of scientific excellence, integrity and transparency, diversity and inclusion, and community building.

The Biophysical Society, which by its very nature is international and interdisciplinary, will continue, through all its programs and publications, to work toward its goals to:

Evolve. The Society has always been and will continue to be open to and actively seek new and emerging areas and communities while maintaining existing ones. Evolution, as opposed to simple growth, is necessary to the expansion of the field of biophysics and to maintain membership, meeting, and journal vitality.

Educate. All Society activities will continue to promote and foster education in and appreciation of biophysics at all levels; provide information to future scientists, lay people, and the greater scientific community about the importance of and need for biophysics and basic research; disseminate biophysical research within the biophysics community as well as the greater scientific community; and provide career development and networking opportunities for current and future biophysicists.

Communicate. Never more than today has there been a need for continuous communication to the public and policy makers about the relevance and importance of biophysics research to the health and welfare of the world, and the relevance and importance of biophysics research as an engine for technical innovation and economic growth. The Biophysical Society’s efforts in this area are vital to the field and to scientific research in general.