Vice - President Nominations

Nominations for the role of SEB Vice-President have been extended to 22 April 2019

The incumbent will serve as Vice President for two years, from July 2019 to July 2021 and will then take up the position of President of the Society from July 2021 until July 2023.


The key role of the Vice President is to lead the Society and guide the strategic direction of the Society with the other members of Council. The incumbent will be interested in directly influencing the future activities of the Society.

Term time: 4 years

Start date: July 2019

Nomination Deadline: 22 April 2019

Download nomination form


The (Vice) President should:

  • Be a person of stature with an international reputation in some field of experimental biology (evidence for research excellence could include election to a National Academy, frequent invitations to be a plenary or keynote speaker at major symposia, highly cited papers).
  • Evidently have effective abilities in communication, networking and leadership (this could include successful senior roles held in Universities, Research Councils, Industry, Charities, other Learned Societies etc.)
  • Have a passion for Experimental Biology and past involvement with the Society (perhaps but not necessarily including service on Sections or Council).The person identified must be willing to commit to the considerable time required to effectively discharge the duties of Vice-President/President.

The roles requirements include:

  • Providing enthusiastic leadership to the Society.
  • Acting as an Ambassador for the Society.
  • Setting strategic direction of the Society.
  • Directing the affairs of the SEB ensuring it is solvent, well-run and that it meets its charitable remit, whilst continually striving for best practice in governance.
  • Must be a member of the SEB


Council has empowered three of the Honorary Officers, the President, Vice President and Treasurer to take decisions between Council meetings on their behalf. This will require regular engagement with the executive and possibly additional meetings in the UK.

  • Normally, weekly engagement with the Executive team by email/telephone.
  • Chair up to 4 Council meetings a year.
  • Chair the Events Committee twice a year.
  • Attendance at two Finance & Risk Management Committee meetings a year (also attendance at the HR and Remuneration Committee meetings, often held on the same day).
  • Attendance at section meetings on an ad hoc basis.
  • Active participation & ambassadorial role at the Annual Meeting.


This post is unremunerated but the Society will make a contribution of £1000 per annum to the institution of the incumbent.


  • Members of the Cell Section will make nominations for the position of (Vice) President.
  • The Cell Section will also consider nominations made from the membership. Thereafter the Cell section will make a recommendation to Council at the Council meeting in March 2019.
  • Council will decide (according to the processes set out in the articles of association) who should be made Vice President.
  • The formal announcement will be made at the Annual Meeting in Seville (1 -5 July 2019)

To nominate an individual please download and complete the (Vice) President nomination form.

1The Vice-Presidency rotates between the three scientific Sections of the Society: Animal; Plant; and Cell.