Centenary Celebrations – Round up


In 2015, we celebrated 100 years of  Women’s Membership of The Physiological Society. To honour this occasion, we are hosted a series of events and activities throughout the year.


On Wednesday 2 December, The Physiological Society hosted the H3 Symposium “Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Membership of The Physiological Society”. Organised by Susan Wray, who together with Tili Tansey had published a book earlier in the year, the event brought together a group of inspirational women to recognise and celebrate achievements, challenges and the future of women in science. The event featured thought-provoking and inspirational talks as well as stimulating Q&A sessions, and provided a networking opportunity  with women at the top of their field. It goes without saying, the day was a great success.

The event was live-streamed on the day. If you missed it, you can watch the day here.

Education and Outreach

Schools were invited to celebrate the Centenary with a poster competition focusing on the achievements of women who’ve won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Elsie Moore, a 15 year-old student from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, won with her creative poster summarising the work of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. As part of the prize, Elsie received a certificate, £50 Amazon gift voucher, and a visit from Research Assistant Dr Carmen Coxon (University of Bristol) to her school. An additional highlight of the prize was a personal message from Nobel Prize winner Christiane herself!


Experimental Physiology

To celebrate the centenary Experimental Physiology invited women physiologists who have given Society Lectures to give an update on their recent work and key developments in their fields since their lecture. These Review articles have been compiled in a special Women in Physiology December issue.

A selection of the journals earliest articles published by women are presented in the Virtual Issues.

The Journal of Physiology

To celebrate the centenary of the admittance of women to The Physiological Society, the 15 January issue of The Journal of Physiology featured a Classical Perspectives article by Tilli Tansey entitled ‘Women and the early Journal of Physiology’ and another by Mary J Morrell entitled ‘One hundred years of pulmonary function testing: a perspective on ‘The diffusion of gases through the lungs of man’ by Marie Krogh’,

The Journal of Physiology also produced a virtual issue which consolidated some top research my early female physiologists.

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