Your Society: Looking ahead to Pharmacology 2022

Published: 29 Jul 2022
Category: Your Society

With September fast approaching, all of us at the Society are working hard to put plans in motion for our annual conference, Pharmacology 2022, which will take place in Liverpool on 13-14 September.  

We couldn’t be more pleased to be hosting this event in person again for the first time since 2019. For me, it will be my first time attending an annual meeting since I joined the Society, and I am excited to meet many more of you there, and experience the friendly and nurturing atmosphere of our annual meetings that I have heard so much about.  

Many of you have already signed up to join us for the cutting-edge and timely programme of lectures, symposia and talks, and for those who haven’t, we’d encourage you to register now

As well as the academic, industry and clinical sessions we’ve got in store, I’m just as excited for the various networking, teaching and career development sessions that will take place across the two days.  

I’m particularly looking forward to the Annual Conference Dinner on Tuesday 13 September at the beautiful St George’s Hall. You'll have the opportunity to meet with others in the pharmacology community over a delicious three-course meal, and we’ll be presenting Society awards - always a key highlight for us. After a day of lectures and networking, what could be better? 

For our early career pharmacologists, I’d highly recommend the Careers Bootcamp. A panel of pharmacologists, who all graduated together in 1992, will come together to discuss how they’ve developed a career in pharmacology that suits their specific interests. It’s bound to be an insightful session and one not to be missed! 

There really is something for everyone at Pharmacology 2022, and I hope to see and speak with many of you there. If you spot me around the venue do come and say hi; I would love to chat and hear about your views of the Society, how we are delivering benefits to you and what we could do better going forward. 

As well as looking ahead, we’re also delighted to publish a summary of the impact we made in 2021. Our Annual Review for 2021 highlights the fantastic work undertaken within the Society in collaboration with our membership. It provides insight into the work being done by BPS committees, volunteers, members, and staff to deliver virtual meetings, spread the word about pharmacology online and provide training and education tools for the wider pharmacology community.  

We’re always looking for ways to further open the Society to those we don’t currently reach, and a key part of that is removing barriers to inclusion. One recent decision that Council took that I am especially happy to highlight is the expansion of eligibility criteria for Fellowship, opening it up to anyone who has been a voting member for five years. This expansion means for the first time, early career pharmacologists can become Fellows, if they have demonstrated their dedication to the Society or pharmacological discovery and development through significant contributions to our work. The deadline for Fellowship applications is Monday 1 August, so make sure you’ve submitted your application if you haven’t already! 

As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions or ideas, and encourage you to chat with other members on our Community Hub. I hope to see you in September at Pharmacology 2022! 

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Rachel Lambert-Forsyth

Rachel is Chief Executive of the BPS and responsible for delivering the vision, mission and strategy of the British Pharmacological Society, and its subsidiary companies. Rachel is also Managing Director of BPS Assessment Ltd.