Council of Societies

AIMBE’s Council of Societies: A Collective Voice for Action

As AIMBE’s mechanism to coordinate and enhance interaction among 16 scientific organizations in medical and biological engineering, the Council of Societies:

  • Provides a collaborative forum for the establishment of society member positions on issues affecting the field of medical and biological engineering;
  • Fosters intersociety dialogue and cooperation, providing a cohesive public representation for medical and biological engineering, and;
  • Provides a way to coordinate activities of member societies with the activities of academia, government, the health care sector, industry and the public and private biomedical communities.

The challenges facing medical and biological engineering grow more complex each year. The Council of Societies meets these challenges by assuring that resources from throughout the field – particularly the scientific and management talents of key individuals – are brought together most efficiently in pursuit of critical common goals. The Council, in fact, helps to set those goals by identifying and assessing important issues from within their own membership.

In recent years, the efforts of Council of Societies members have helped AIMBE:

  • Assume a leading role in the formation, in 2000, of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB);
  • Lead advocacy on behalf of The FDA Modernization Act of 1997;
  • Press for passage of the Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998; and
  • Advocate creation of the National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Consortium (BECON).

Over the past year, Council of Societies members have represented AIMBE in policy-oriented discussions key with officials of:

  • National Science Foundation;
  • National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering;
  • Food and Drug Administration;
  • Medical Technology Leadership Caucus;
  • House of Representatives Appropriations Committee; and
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Significantly, since its formation in 1991 the Council of Societies has limited itself to holding forums and conferences on policy matters. The Council of Societies is not involved in any technical conferences, production of journals or other activities that could be viewed as competition with the member organizations.

Membership representation and dues for Council members are based on the size of the individual member society.

The Council of Societies meets each winter at AIMBE’s Annual Event; however other meetings may be planned throughout the year at the discretion of the membership. Major initiatives undertaken at recent Annual Events have included the formulation of committees to address national workforce initiatives, implementing national innovation agendas, developing consensus statements regarding federal research funding levels and assessing the future of bioengineering through analyzing its economic impact.

The Council of Societies and its mission are designed to evolve over time, adjusting to the needs and interests of AIMBE members, and to challenges and changes at all levels in the world of bioengineering.


American Association of Physicists in Medicine

The AAPM is a scientific and professional organization, founded in 1958, composed of more than 7000 scientists whose clinical practice is dedicated to ensuring accuracy, safety and quality in the use of radiation in medical procedures such as medical imaging and radiation therapy.

American College of Clinical Engineering

The ACCE goals include: establishing a standard of competence and to promote excellence in clinical engineering practice, promotin safe and effective application of science and technology in patient care, defining the body of knowledge on which the profession is based, and representing the professional interests of clinical engineers.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises 9,000 members in more than 100 countries.

American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participates in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

Biomedical Engineering Society

The Mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors.

Controlled Release Society

The Controlled Release Society is an international, multidisciplinary society dedicated to delivery science and technology. CRS serves members from industry, academia, and government in more than 55 countries worldwide by providing innovative research, targeted networking, and career advancement.

Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society – IEEE

The mission of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society is to serve the interests of its members and the community at large by promoting the theory, practice, and interdisciplinary aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. It is accomplished through conferences, publications, and other activities that contribute to the professional needs of its members.

Institute of Biological Engineering (The Ardell Group)

The Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) is a professional organization which encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering through scholarships, professional standards, professional development, and interactions between academia, industry, government, and the public.

International Society for Advancement of Cytometry

The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (formerly International Society for Analytical Cytology) is a scientific and educational organization that leads the way in development of cytometry, transfer of new methodologies, and exchange of cutting-edge scientific and technical information in quantitative cell sciences.

International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology

The International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB) is devoted to enhancing discovery, development and clinical translation of cutting edge biomedical science for innovative, state of the art cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

Orthopaedic Research Society

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) is the pre-eminent organization for the advancement of musculoskeletal research. Comprised of more than 2,500 members include biologist, engineers, and clinician scientists, the ORS seeks to transform the future through global multidisciplinary collaborations-focusing on the complex challenges of orthopaedic treatment.

Society for Biological Engineering – AIChE

SBE is the professional association of choice for engineers and applied scientists with interest in the broad area of biological engineering. Organized by prominent leaders in industry, academia, and government, the Society is working to expand the reaches of chemical engineering, build upon the interdisciplinary nature of biological engineering, and provide opportunities for successful connections.

Society for Biomaterials

The Society For Biomaterials is a professional society which promotes advances in all phases of materials research and development by encouragement of cooperative educational programs, clinical applications, and professional standards in the biomaterials field.

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society – Americas (TERMIS-AM)

To accomplish these purposes, the Society shall bring together a regional community of persons engaged or interested in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, shall promote education and research within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine through regular meetings, publications and other forms of communication, and shall encourage and coordinate collaboration and cohesion among the members of the International Society residing within Americas to facilitate understanding of or address, among other things, regulatory policies and practices relating to the application of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies.