About Us

The Society for Experimental Biology is a learned society that was established in 1923 at Birkbeck College in London to "promote the art and science of experimental biology in all its branches".

Today we represent and bring together an international community of experimental biologists to support them in their scientific work, new ideas and experimental techniques, and establish connections between cell, plant, and animal biology as covered by our three sections.

One of our key aims is to increase the influence of experimental biology within the scientific community and demonstrate to the wider public its importance and the impact of biological research on tackling real-world issues such as climate change, food security and conservation efforts.


We encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and disciplines. We support new ideas, innovation and bold leaps in thinking. We ensure that experimentation is at the heart of biology.

We bring people together – sharing learning and experiences, building contacts and relationships, creating links between new and established scientists, supporting the next generation of biologists.

We foster experimentation amongst scientists - encouraging new methods and novel techniques.

Learn more

Read more about the history of the SEB on our centenary webpages  or watch the short video below.