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Join the Cybernetics Society

Individuals with an interest in cybernetics are welcome to join.  

We have a general code of conduct related to the demonstration of respect for each other and we welcome members of all genders, ethnic backgrounds, and lifestyles from around the world.

  • The Society welcomes and actively seeks new members that meet the criteria relevant to its Objects. 
  • The process of recognising new members or reinterpreting their grades over time is one that deserves the greatest respect, for it involves conferring the public and formal respect of a distinguished learned society to a person. 
  • It also requires respect for the individuality of each applicant, recognising their personal distinctions on their own merits without regard to external factors. The Society‚Äôs policy on equality and variety applies.
  • Membership is limited to those who support the Objects of the Society and the Rules in general, which implies a reasonable interpretation and appreciation of the field of cybernetics and not merely its popular representations or misconceptions. 

Types of membership

  • An Associate is a non-voting member joining to learn. 
  • A Member is any person who has demonstrated a good working engagement with important aspects of cybernetics and its reasoning and the equivalent of degree-level ability, or above.
  • A Fellow is a member whose knowledge and use of cybernetics has led them to produce useful innovation(s), invention(s), or novel insight(s) whether theoretical or practical in effect, which is considered equivalent to contemporary higher degree academic standards by any recognised method including any of our own published criteria

To join, please visit our membership application system where you will be invited to submit various optional information of your choice and a few mandatory items.  This information is designed to enable us to recognise potential Members and Fellows, who will be entitled to MCybS or FCybS qualification.  This also facilitates communication between members.

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Annual subscription rates are unchanged for over 20 years. At the time of posting they are:

  • Student Associates: £10 per annum
  • Associates, Members, and Fellows: £20 per annum.

We also have Hon Fellows (see below) and some Distinguished Fellows noted for their contribution to the Society's work.

Benefits of Membership

The Cybernetics Society holds scientific meetings, conferences, and social events, and engages in other activities to encourage public understanding of science and to extend and disseminate knowledge of cybernetics and its associated disciplines. 

Joining the Society supports our work via your membership subscriptions and by your participation.

We also provide services for and between members for their benefit and the ongoing health of the Society. The Society aims to support the Continuing Professional Development of its members.

Some Activities  

  • Our two lively monthly online CybSights programmes, the Presidents Series and the Insights Series attract global audiences for presentations and conversation on cybernetics across the gamut of subjects.
  • The Annual Conference normally takes place in July.  By the end of 2020, we counted 52.
  • We provide the post-nominal honorific MCybS and FCybS, Member of and Fellow of the Cybernetics Society.  Many find this valuable to add to their name in professional and academic circles.
  • We support Kybernetes, an academic journal of cybernetics and systemic theories and practice.
  • We are developing and launching our own partner journal, Cybernetics Live. Membership supports this initiative. 
  • Our website is undergoing new development and offers a rich set of Information and archival resources.
  • Our YouTube Channel posts our videos and links to other interesting material to members and the world. Some material is member-restricted.
  • Special interest groups enable participation and co-creation between members on special topics.

The Cybernetics Society is also a member or affiliated society of:

  1. ASC, the American Society for Cybernetics.
  2. The International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), an academic society more focused the German-speaking world to promote the development and use of cybernetic thinking in the economy and society.
  3. ISSS, the International Society for the Systems Sciences (a community of researchers, learners, and practitioners who are devoted to the interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems and the application of systems approaches for transformative change). 
  4. It is affiliated to the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), which supports the communication of individuals and organisations related to systems thinking and cybernetics worldwide.

Please feel free to join.

Legacy information from 2006 for reference: Benefits of Membership (may vary from time to time)

  • Free attendance at monthly meetings. Members have been able to attend lectures given many great names including five Nobel Laureates and twelve Fellows of the Royal Society.
  • Reduced fees for attending the annual conference.
  • The use of designatory letters MCybS and FCybS.
  • Meeting and conversation with people of similar interests.
  • Networking and Information sharing.
  • Reduced subscriptions to the journal Systems Research and Behavioural Science.
  • Monthly social meetings at a restaurant and/or a pub.
  • Contributing to the web archive of Cybernetics people and thinking.

The Cybernetics Society is one of the few organisations where people can meet to discuss a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects ranging from design to business management, artificial Intelligence to real intelligence, biology and engineering, system organisation, consciousness, architecture, medical topics...

We enable special interest groups and are implementing a new Journal as well as the existing Kybernetes. 

(For the record)

Past speakers include

  • Prof. Igor Aleksander FREng
  • Prof. Thomas Allibone CBE FRS
  • Prof. Stafford Beer
  • Prof. David Bohm FRS
  • Prof. Margaret Bowden FBA
  • Prof. B.B. Boycott FRS
  • Prof. Sir Michael Brady FRS FREng
  • Prof. John Coales FRS
  • Prof. David Deutsch
  • Prof. Sir John Eccles FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • Prof. Peter Fellgett FRS
  • Prof. Dennis Gabor CBE FRS Nobel Laureate
  • Prof. Frank George

  • Prof. Francis de P. Hanika
  • Prof. Brian Josephson FRS Nobel Laureate
  • Prof. James Lovelock FRS
  • Prof. John Musgrove
  • Prof. P.K. M'Pherson
  • Prof. Gordon Pask FBCS
  • Prof. Sir Roger Penrose FRS
  • Rev. John Polkinghorn FRS
  • Prof. Abdus Salam FRS Nobel Laureate
  • Prof. John Taylor
  • Prof. Meredith Thring FREng
  • Prof. Gerard de Zeeuw

On such topics as Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, Physics, Global Climate Change, Knowledge Based Action Systems, Robotics, Systems Modelling and Simulation, Perception, Communication and Control in the Brain, Mapping Mental States, Quantum Machines, Computer Analysis of Legal Texts, Pharmokinetics, Information Technology, Natural and Artificial Languages and Pattern Recognition.

The Cybernetics Society is a member society of the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR) and is affiliated to the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC). The Cybernetics Society is listed in the Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations published by Thomson Gale. The Society has links with

Many members of the Society are also members of the IEE, BCS, IEEE, and the AISB. Further information on all these organisations can be found via our links section.

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