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About the Society

The Genetics Society was founded by William Bateson in 1919 and is one of the oldest "learned societies" devoted to Genetics in the world. Its membership of over 1700 consists of most of the UK's active professional geneticists, including teachers, researchers and students. Industry and publishing are also well represented in our membership.

It is a registered charity, and organises meetings to promulgate genetics, supports students to attend meetings, sponsors research through fieldwork grants and student bursaries, and promotes the Public Understanding of Genetics.

It co-owns and manages some of the leading journals in the field, and publishes a regular newsletter.

The Genetics Society organises a wide-ranging programme of scientific meetings covering all areas of genetics. It co-owns and manages some of the leading academic journals in the field, publishes a newsletter twice a year and represents the interests and opinions of the genetics community to governments and other public institutions. It also recognises significant scientific achievements by both leading and younger geneticists via the award of medals and prize lectureships.

The Society has links with a number of other learned societies with overlapping interests in, for example Human Genetics, Cell Biology and Developmental Biology, and holds occasional joint meetings with them.