RSB-logoUBMA is a Member Organisation of The Royal Society of Biology. The Society is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

The Society has been created by the unification of the Biosciences Federation and the Institute of Biology, and is building on the heritage and reputation of these two organisations to champion the study and development of biology, and provide expert guidance and opinion.

There are currently 54 member organisations covering the full range of biosciences from physiology and neuroscience, biochemistry and microbiology, to ecology, taxonomy and environmental science.


The following information may be of particular interest.

Institute of Science & Technology - ISTUBMA has Corporate Affiliation to The Institute of Science & Technology (IST). IST  is the professional body for specialist, technical and managerial staff.

The IST provide professional development support for its members and within that context they are one of the Science Council’s licensed bodies for administering admissions to the Registered Science Technicians, Registered Scientists and Chartered Scientists professional registers.

Information about the IST’s services can be found on their website:

NTDC Partner AffiliateThe National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education is available to universities across the UK and provides HE Institutions with access to information, expertise and tools that will enable them to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services.

Based in Sheffield, our National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education will tackle the shortage of specialist technical skills in the Higher Education sector.

The National Centre, which launched in January 2018, is co-funded by the Office for Students, The University of Sheffield and other partners.

Information about the NTDC and its provision can be found on their website: