Animal Section Co-opted Member


The SEB runs 4 Sections: Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Cell Biology and SEB+. Each Section has its own special interest groups.

Interest groups are scientific themes that represent the interests of SEB members. The interest groups help to organise sessions at our Annual Meeting and our Symposia. Each interest group is headed by a group convenor and the group convenors together with the Section Chair make up the Section Committee.

Animal Section Co-opted Member Nomination Form


Term Time: 3 years

A Co-opted Section member is a person who acts independently of an interest group within a Section (Animal, Cell or Plant).

The role offers a great opportunity to directly influence and drive forward the area of science you are interested in. Most importantly the role offers opportunity to evolve the science and make connections between your discipline and other areas of science within the remit of the SEB. You will have the opportunity to meet with other members of the Society and broaden your network and connections as well as your scientific knowledge.

The co-opted member should act in a balanced manner to ensure fairness across all interest groups within a Section.


  • The Co-Opted Member should be a person with a track record in their field
  • Interestedin influencing and shaping their scientificfield and the activities of the Animal Section
  • Interested in directly influencing the activities of the SEB within the Animal Section
  • Evidence of effective abilities on communication and networking
  • Evidence of involvement with other Societies or scientific organisations and groups (desirable)


  • The role of the co-opted member includes the following:

  • To attend two Animal Section meetings per year in March and November
  • Actively participate in Section matters via e-mail and at Section meetings in a fair and impartial manner.
  • To contribute to the Annual Meeting of the Society by:
    • soliciting and encouraging proposals from the biological community for sessions at least every two years
    • the co-opted member may contribute to the Annual Meeting programme with sessions every two years, either in collaboration with other members of the Section or with other colleagues
    • working collaboratively with all convenors within the Animal Section
    • providing feedback to members on session proposals
    • helping with overseeing the progress of sessions being organised
    • promoting sessions within your professional network
    • arranging to meet with researchers in your group when attending the Annual Meeting
    • soliciting feedback from your peers and networks about the meeting and the Society in general
    • helping networking of early career scientists at the meeting
  • To encourage members to submit proposals for symposia and satellite meetings
  • To actively engage members and the wider community and encourage them to get involved in the activities of the Section and the SEB (i.e. attend conferences, propose meeting topics etc).
  • To help identify and develop links with groups outside the Society
  • To actively promote the Society’s activities and membership of the Society
  • To actively support the Society’s strategy and the objectives of the Animal Section
  • To promote and actively support the Society’s journals
  • Co-ordinate satellite or symposium meetings from time to time.
  • Be prepared to be a co-opted member for a term of office of 3 years up to a maximum of 2 terms.
  • When attending SEB Events or Section Meetings to adhere to the Society’s Code of Conduct.

Time commitment

About 2 weeks spread over the year.


This post is not remunerated but the Society will reimburse travel, accommodation (if applicable) and subsistence for attendance at Section meetings.


Please complete the Animal Section Co-Opted Member Nomination form and return it to by 6 September 2019.