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Benefits of joining the BSGM

Membership of the BSGM offers a range of benefits in addition to the opportunity to interact and communicate with your peers.

Member involvement is key to maintaining the Society as a dynamic organisation responsive to, and catering for, the needs of its members.

  • A special member's rate for our meetings
    Membership of individual specialist society and additional special interest groups
    Access to the society's news updates
    Support for your career
    Access to best practice guidelines
    Password protected online access to the members' area including the online directory
    Eligibility for travel awards
    Special rate for joining the European Society of Human Genetics

Eligibility for membership

Membership is open to people over the age of eighteen professionally involved with human genetics or genomics.

Membership Criteria

  • Currently working or having previously worked for a healthcare provider or academic institution and
    1. providing or supporting the care of patients with genetic/genomic disorders or
    2. involved in human genetic/genomic research or
    3. researching the implications of genetic/ genomic practices on society
    4. undertaking educational activities related to (1), (2) or (3).
  • Studying or training in one of the areas (1) to (3) listed above.


If your primary area of work/professional identity is in genetics/genomics, we welcome your membership as a full voting member (various membership rates are available).

If you are primarily a member of another healthcare professional group in the UK and Ireland with an interest in genetics/genomics (e.g. oncologist, paediatrician, nurse, midwife, pharmacist), please select our reduced-price affiliate member option.

Membership options

Which membership option is right for me?

Non-clinical members (researchers, students, non-clinical NHS role, industry professionals): BSGM membership

Clinical Geneticist / Trainee: Clinical Genetics Society (CGS) + BSGM

Clinical Genomics Laboratory Scientist / Technologist / Trainee: Association for Clinical Genomic Science (ACGS) + BSGM

Genetic Counsellor / Genetic Nurse / Trainee / Genomic Practitioner: Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC) + BSGM

Other UK / Ireland Healthcare Professional / Trainee: Affiliate membership

Special interest groups:

Any member may also join one of our Special Interest Groups:


Membership of the European Society of Human Genetics is also available to BSGM members at a reduced fee.


A. Full membership categories

1) Member of British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSGM): £60


2) Member of BSGM + Clinical Genetics Society (CGS): £70


3) Member of BSGM + Association for Clinical Genomic Science (ACGS): £60
- Member of BSGM + ACGS Agenda for Change Band 5 and below membership £20
- Reduced price membership of BSGM + ACGS for members of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) (Licentiate, Member, or Fellow) £20


4) Member of BSGM + Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC): £70
- Member of BSGM + AGNC Agenda for Change Band 5 and below membership £20


Student membership for categories 1-4 above: £20


B. Affiliate membership
For UK/Ireland healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, healthcare scientists, allied health professionals) with an interest in genetic/genomic medicine: £20


Special Interest Groups
Membership of Cancer Genetics Group may be added to any of the above groupings for an additional £20


Membership of Fetal Genomics Group may be added to any of the above groupings for an additional £15


Affiliate members who are nurses and midwives should join the “Nurses and Midwives Group” to facilitate communication with the AGNC.


Members may take out affiliate membership of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) at an additional fee of £78. This is a special offer to members of the BSGM and is a reduction from the standard ESHG online membership fee of £97. The offer includes on-line access to the European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG) and reduced registration for the ESHG annual conference. If you take out affiliate membership of ESHG between January-October, your ESHG membership will run from January-December of that calendar year, with access to the EJHG for the full year. If you take out affiliate membership of ESHG between November and December, your membership will continue throughout the following calendar year. If you prefer to take out regular membership and receive a hard copy of the Journal, then please contact the ESHG directly (


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How to Join

  • Please read the criteria for membership
  • Please apply online to be considered for membership
  • Please include the following information (it is not necessary to complete all the form fields):
    • Name
    • Job title
    • Place of work
    • Professional email address

Applications for full membership will be reviewed by the secretary of the relevant constituent group (or by the secretary of BSGM if you are not seeking membership of a constituent group).  Applications for full membership are then considered for approval by the BSGM executive, or the council/executive of the constituent group (if you applied to join a constituent group).

The first year's subscription must be paid by credit card at the time of online application. If the Executive Committee feels that a person applying for membership does not meet the criteria, membership fees paid will be refunded.

Members of the British Society for Genetic Medicine can claim a tax deduction on their annual subscription. This is approved by the Inland Revenue under Section 344 ITEPA 2003. The BSGM listing is under: Human Genetics, British Soc for, in the Section 344 ITEPA 2003

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