The Scandinavian Physiological Society was founded in 1925 and is a society for researchers in physiology and related sciences in the Nordic countries; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Society is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote research, education and interest in physiological sciences in its member countries.
The Society is registered in Sweden, with its administration moving between different Nordic countries. The present administration is situated in Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden. The executive board is elected for a period of 4 years, and includes a President, Secretary General, Chief editor, Meeting secretary and two councillors from each of the Nordic countries. For more information, see contact.
The Society is a member of the Federation of European Physiological Societies, a coalition of all the European physiological societies.
In earlier years, the Society arranged Nordic Congresses every 3rd or 4th year; the last one took place in Copenhagen 1992. Since then, annual or bi-annual meetings, which were introduced in 1968, have become the only type of regular meeting activity.
Typically, these meetings last from Friday to Sunday – longer with larger meetings and congresses – and consist of several symposia, oral and poster presentations, invited lecturers, and sometimes laboratory demonstrations. The English language is used throughout to accommodate the many foreign visitors. The abstracts are printed in Acta Physiologica, which is one of the oldest physiological journals in the world (founded in 1889). The journal is healthy and is the main source of active income for the Society, which gives the money back to the members in the form of support to meetings, travel grants and many other activities.
From the very beginning, the Society has supported the congresses and ordinary meetings with fairly generous travel grants, thanks to means supplied by its journal, the Acta Physiologica. In addition to these ordinary member meetings, the Society also runs its own series of specialist symposia – Acta Physiologica International Symposia – and from time to time supports specialist meetings arranged by others in one of the Nordic countries.
The Scandinavian Physiological Society
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Prof. Bryndis Birnir
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