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 composed of a President, an Honorary Secretary and a Deputy Secretary, a Treasurer and a Deputy Treasurer, five Officers (for Membership, Research, Education, Meetings, and Website Management), four ordinary Councillors, and a postgraduate Councillor who also acts as a student representative. To access the details of the current Council Members, you can visit our website at http://www.anatsoc.org.uk/AboutUs/CouncilandOfficers.aspx
The AS has currently over 400 members located in more than 25 Countries. Although the Office of the AS is located in London, and most of the members are based in the UK and Republic of Ireland, the remit of the AS extends beyond that of being the national Society of these two countries. We have a cosmopolitan representation of our membership and conduct an inclusive policy, which makes us welcome enthusiastic and engaged members from all over the world.
In 2012 we introduced the Fellowship of the Anatomical Society. This is a public recognition of achievement in research, education and service in the anatomical sciences. It is open to members of the Society in good standing for at least seven years and those elected are entitled to use the designation 'FAS' after their names.
We also award Honorary Fellowships to persons who have achieved considerable distinction in the anatomical sciences or who have made an outstanding contribution to the activities of the Anatomical Society and is not limited to current Members of the Society. Honorary Fellows may use the designation 'Hon FAS' after their name. Currently we have over 20 active Honorary Fellows.
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 and art. The Anatomical Society is keen to recruit students, young researchers, teaching fellows and clinicians with an interest in anatomy.
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).
As part of its objective of promoting research in the anatomical sciences, the AS offers a number of grants and prizes to support its members at various stages of their professional careers, where their work furthers the objects of the Society, and also to celebrate specific achievements. Every year, the AS awards PhD Research Studentships to be held in departments of anatomical sciences in the UK and Ireland.
The Anatomical Society holds two meetings every year, which are usually in July and December. The Anatomical Society also works closely with the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Institute of Anatomical Sciences, the Human Tissue Authority and the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and is a founder member of the Society of Biology, a coalition of independent member organisations committed to providing the British 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, in addition to being a member of the EFEM, The Anatomical Society is also a member in the International Federation of Associations of Anatomist.
On the 5th February 2015 at 3.30pm at the Royal Astronomical Society, Mr William Hunt, Windsor Herald, presented Professor Clive Lee, President of the Anatomical Society, with Letters Patent.
The design alludes to the professions of members of the Anatomical Society who comprise medical practitioners, dentists, veterinaries, scientists and artists. The frets in the Arms represent neural cells and the roundels within them, stem cells (for the scientists). A chevron is one of a series of bones on the ventral side of the tail in many reptiles and some mammals. The lion, the king of beasts (for the vets), in the Crest and in the Badge supports a Rod of Aesculapius (for the medical practitioners) and rests its paw on a skull (with teeth for the dentists). The Supporters are a male écorché and a female nude (for the artists). The motto ‘ex conformatione usus’ means ‘from structure comes function’.
Anatomical Society is a registered Charity No: 290469 and Limited Company Registered in England and Wales No: 01848115. Registered Office: 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4AG.
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