All about IUPS

The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) is a Not-for-Profit collective of physiological societies from all corners of the globe, founded in 1953. IUPS works to champion physiology without borders and to remove political barriers from physiologists interacting.

A welcome by the president

It gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all visitors of the new website for International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS).

Established in 1953, IUPS is a collective of national and international organizations that represent physiologists around the globe. Our current membership includes more than 60 national physiological societies (as adhering bodies), 13 associate members, and 5 regional physiological federations in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

The mission of IUPS is to promote physiology worldwide, both in research and education, and to champion the importance of physiology as an indispensable scientific discipline, emphasizing its relevance to medicine and global health. In pursuit of our mission, IUPS provides a universal voice for physiology, connects global physiologists, assists dissemination of modern physiologic teaching and modeling, stands up for research standards and integrity in physiology, facilitates interactions between physiologists and other branches of science and medicine, and supports education and networking of young physiologists worldwide. We convene an IUPS Congress every four years at which physiologists from around the globe interact to enrich the discipline of physiology. In between the quadrennial Congress, IUPS endeavors to support holding regional meetings and workshops, to provide mentoring services, and to host equipment exchanges. The next IUPS Congress scheduled to be held in Beijing, China on May 11-17, 2022, which is postponed for one year from its original schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted significantly our daily life and changed drastically our established routines and professional capacities in scientific conduct and teaching. It also poses great challenges to IUPS on organizing events and initiating programs, while at the same time creates new opportunities for us to explore additional conduits to implement our objectives. Refurbishment of IUPS website is one of those undertakings carried out by the Executive Committee and Board of General Assembly. The new homepage continues to provide information offered by the original website, and expands to include domains on IUPS Academy of Physiology, Early Carrier Physiologists, Mentoring Program, and Physiome Project. I like to cordially invite you to navigate through our new homepage to learn more on who we are, what we do and how we inspire to become the international voice of physiology.

Moving IUPS forward, we need to recognize the new advances in cellular and molecular biology, immunology, and genetics since the beginning of this millennium, and more recently the application of artificial intelligence in biomedicine and health. The challenge to IUPS and all physiologists as a community, therefore, is to provide functional significance of the mountains of molecular data for the ultimate existence of humankind roots in its functional expression. I am a true believer that human life in its fullest form represents a well-coordinated operational framework that integrates every level of functional execution, one that links genes, molecules, proteins, cells and organs to the whole body; in a process we call physiology. Our new IUPS initiative is to take full advantage of this prime time for a “Year of Physiology” by relaying a series of international meetings organized by IUPS, our member societies, and regional federations to actively advertise physiology at the global level, and to provide platforms of interdisciplinary interactions by reaching out for new potential attendees from biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, medicine, and other disciplines to physiological meetings. I strongly encourage our member societies and global physiologists to joint force with our efforts in the pursuit of this task.

As the President of IUPS, I have been privileged to be bestowed the opportunity to serve the global physiological community since 2017, and will strive to continue my leadership role to promote the discipline of physiology. Together with the Executive Committee, I look forward to working with the IUPS Members to provide service to the global physiologic community that befits our motto, “Physiology without border”.

Julie Chan, PhD

Our Organization

Active physiologists from more than 60 national societies devoted to their unique discipline work on promoting physiology on the international scene. Teams (commissions and committees) in different bodies of IUPS contribute to promote the different projects and tasks of IUPS worldwide.

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of IUPS is to foster physiology worldwide, both in research and teaching, and to give our discipline a global voice.

Our Member Societies

IUPS currently represents more than 60 national physiological societies which give their input to IUPS.

Our History

The wars and political developments in the first half of the last century have shown that science can be abused by political systems and should not be impeded by borders. The visionary founders of IUPS have striven to promote physiology at an international level without borders, integrating different cultures and traditions. They envisioned the global interchange of ideas and to enable physiologists to know one another personally around the globe.

Our Awards

IUPS is focusing on promoting physiology by awards. Advanced physiologists are invited to give prestigious named lectures highlighting important developments in physiology. Physiologists in an early state of their career are promoted with travel awards which enables them to attend international meetings and to get in contact with their scientific heroes and to start forming their own scientific networks