Biological Inorganic Chemistry is a field of science that embraces the principles of biology and inorganic chemistry. This field has important implications for many other sciences, ranging from medicine to the environment. Furthermore, studies of the roles of metal ions in biological systems often involve the development of relevant chemistry, new methodologies of investigation, and the application of advanced physical techniques. 

The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) is a learned society, established in 1995, to advance research and education in the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, and to promote an understanding of the field within academia and industry and to the general public. The Society is the owner of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry  (JBIC). SBIC provides financial support for conferences, training courses and workshops to facilitate exchange of information between scientists involved in the research and teaching of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.   

Although the International Conferences on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBICs) predated SBIC by many years, the relationship between the two is strong and SBIC provides SBIC Student Travel Grants for both ICBIC and the regional BIC  (EuroBIC, AsBIC and LABIC) conferences. 

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The Benefits of Membership

There are many benefits of SBIC membership, not least to be included as a member of the premier international society in your discipline. All members automatically receive a personal subscription to the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, the society’s premier journal. Members are able to share all articles published in JBIC freely and legally through Springer Nature’s SharedIt service. From 1 January 2021 members publishing in JBIC can benefit from a 40% discount on online orders of Springer books via and all members will get free online access to Topics in Current Chemistry, the journal for topical, in-depth reviews covering all areas of chemistry.


SBIC members benefit from discounted registration fees and SBIC Student Travel Grants at ICBIC and regional BIC conferences and are eligible for the SBIC Early Career Award. SBIC supports many conferences in the area of biological inorganic chemistry and we cannot do this without member support. SBIC members have access to the Members Only  page on our website which is currently under development and is planned to include the membership database, educational resources as well as the option to post job opportunities.  

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