Early Career Pharmacologists

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) represents around 2,500 undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and recent graduates from around the world. Young members are defined as those in any class of membership who are not more than five years post PhD or medical qualification.

The Early Career Pharmacologists Advisory Group coordinates a number of projects to raise the profile of pharmacology by involving the Society’s younger members. These activities include the ‘How do drugs work’ video series, networking events and scientific symposia.


The Early Career Pharmacologists Advisory Group have set out their vision and plans for supporting early career members and the wider pharmacology community in the coming years – find out more about their plans here.

Excellence in Pharmacology Teaching Award: Student Choice

This prize was set up by early career members in 2014 to recognise exceptional teachers in pharmacology. Nominations are reviewed by the Early Career Pharmacologists Advisory Group and the winner receives a certificate and a trophy. Students are invited to nominate individuals they believe to be exceptional teachers throughout the year. Find out more and nominate someone.

Societies and sponsored events

The BPS supports and encourages younger members in setting up pharmacology societies/clubs at their institutions. In addition, it offers financial support to student pharmacology (or pharmacology related) societies to organize a Society-sponsored lecture or event at their institution. Find out more.

Early Career Life Scientists' (ECLS) Symposia

The BPS, in collaboration with the Biochemical Society and Physiological Society, provides emerging scientists with an opportunity to organise their own symposium, network and build new contacts. The winning group is offered funding and support to manage its own ECLS event.

Find out more about this year's ECLS funding and apply now.

Voice of Young Science (VoYS)

VoYS is an initiative run by Sense About Science. It is a unique and dynamic network of early career researchers across Europe committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science - responding to public misconceptions about science and evidence and engaging with the media, policymakers and the public. 

Early Career members of the Society are able to apply for free places on VoYS workshops and webinars, such as the Standing up for Science programme.

Voice of the Future

Voice of the Future is a prestigious event that gives young scientists the opportunity to quiz MPs and Ministers about science policy and other scientific affairs within government. The Early Career Pharmacologists represented the Society at the recent event.


The Early Career Pharmacologists Group has organised a symposium or bootcamp at the Society’s Annual Meeting since 2009.

Networking events

The Early Career Pharmacologists Group, in collaboration with our sister societies, organises networking events at meetings of national and international organisations including IUPHAR and EPHAR.


Early Career Pharmacologists sold  ‘I heart pharmacology’ T-shirts at UK and international events to raise money towards bursaries for African scientists to attend WorldPharma 2014. T-shirt sales and other donations raised over £17,000.

Find out about the benefits of Early Career membership.

If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like more information about what we offer our Early Career members, please do not hesitate to contact the office.