About the Anatomical Society

The Anatomical Society (AS), founded in 1887, is a learned society with charitable status.  Its aims are to promote, develop and advance research and education in all aspects of anatomical science. AS achieves these aims by organising scientific meetings; publishing the Journal of Anatomy and Aging Cell; making annual awards of PhD studentships, grants and prizes.

The Society conducts its operations based on Articles of Association and Regulations. It is governed by an elected Council of Trustees that includes the President, Secretary, Treasurer, the Chairs of Standing Committees and a postgraduate member.

The Society aims to inspire the next generation of anatomists by supporting their training. In collaboration with our colleagues in the American Association of Anatomists, AS has developed a 2 year Training Programme in Anatomy for young  bioscientists who wish to learn and teach topographical anatomy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2007, AS published a core syllabus of clinical anatomy for undergraduate medical students that is referenced in the most recent edition of Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).

In the UK, AS works closely with the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Institute of Anatomical Sciences, the Human Tissue Authority and the Royal College of Surgeons and is a founder member of the Society of Biology, a coalition of independent member organisations committed to prov iding Government and other policy makers with authoritative, independent, evidence-based opinion about all aspects of bioscience. Internationally, AS has links with anatomical societies in America (American Association of Anatomists) and in Europe (including Sociedad Anatómica Española, Anatomische Gesellschaft and the Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy) and is  a member of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists and of the European Federation for Experimental Morphology.

The Anatomical Society is governed by an elected Council of Trustees. The Anatomical Society is registered as a Charity (number 290469) in England and Wales, and is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered Number 1848115), Registered Office: 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4AG.

The majority of our Members are engaged in research and teaching in Higher Education. They work across a broad spectrum of subject areas within the anatomical sciences, including morphological aspects of cell biology, neuroscience, physical anthropology, palaeoanthropology, biomechanics, bioengineering, pathological and forensic anatomy, embryology, medical, dental and veterinary anatomy. The Anatomical Society is keen to recruit students, young researchers, teaching fellows and clinicians with an interest in anatomy.