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About EMBS

Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

Your global connection to the world of biomedical engineering.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers. The organization’s 12,000 members reside in some 97 countries around the world. EMBS provides its members with access to the people, practices, information, ideas, and opinions that are shaping one of the fastest-growing fields in science.

Our members design the electrical circuits that make a pacemaker run, create the software that reads an MRI, and help develop the wireless technologies that allow patients and doctors to communicate over long distances. They’re interested in bioinformatics, biotechnology, clinical engineering, information technology, instrumentation and measurement, micro and nanotechnology, radiology, and robots. They are researchers and educators, technicians, and clinicians—biomedical engineers are the link between science and life science, creating innovations in healthcare technology for the benefit of all humanity.


Field of Interest

The EMBS field of interest is the development and application of engineering concepts and methods to biology, medicine and health sciences to provide effective solutions to biological, medical and healthcare problems. The field encompasses the development of mathematical theories, physical, biological and chemical principles, computational models and algorithms, devices and systems for clinical, industrial and educational applications.

Mission Statement

The Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE advances the application of engineering sciences and technology to medicine and biology, promotes the profession, and provides global leadership for the benefit of its members and humanity by disseminating knowledge, setting standards, fostering professional development, and recognizing excellence.

About Biomedical Engineering

As their title suggests, biomedical engineers work at the intersection of engineering, the life sciences, and healthcare. These engineers take principles from applied science (including mechanical, electrical, chemical, and computer engineering) and physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, and mathematics) and apply them to biology and medicine. Although the human body is a more complex system than even the most sophisticated machine, many of the same concepts that go into building and programming a machine can be applied to biological structures and diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

The goal is to better understand, replace, or fix a target system to ultimately improve the quality of healthcare. Biomedical engineering is the fastest-growing career and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade. To learn more about the career of biomedical engineering, check out our student site.

Videos About Biomedical Engineering

If you’d like to learn more about biomedical engineering, check out one of the following videos.

Our Mission

IEEE EMBS benefits both humanity and its members by:

  • advancing medicine and biology through the application of engineering sciences and technology
  • promoting the profession of biomedical engineering, fostering professional development, and recognizing excellence
  • presenting conferences that bring together scientists, engineers, and physicians from multiple disciplines to disseminate knowledge and solve complex problems
  • establishing technical standards
  • providing global leadership for the profession

Areas of Technical Interest

IEEE EMBS members are focused on the development and application of engineering concepts and methods to provide new solutions to biological, medical, and healthcare problems. The field encompasses:

  • Diagnostic Systems
  • Therapeutic Systems
  • Healthcare and Bioinformation Systems
  • Technologies & Methodologies


IEEE EMBS is the leading publisher of original research in biomedical engineering. We have 11 technical journals and transactions, including the award-winning IEEE PULSE Magazine, which attracts a broad readership, with its general and technical articles.

Global Reach

IEEE EMBS provides global opportunities for activities from local Chapters for students or general members. From these Chapters, members can network, attend a workshop or tutorial, listen to a guest lecture, or present their research at a regional conference.

With over:

  • 125 EMBS Chapters
  • 30 Joint Chapters
  • 194 Student Branch Chapters
  • 86 Student Clubs

Wherever you are in the world you can participate in IEEE EMBS activities.

Please also make sure you check out our interactive Chapter Map Tool.


We sponsor several scientific conferences throughout the year. EMBS Conferences provide an opportunity for members and non-members to present and share research information, receive feedback, create networking and employment opportunities and learn about the emerging technologies that will influence future advances in biomedical engineering and healthcare technology.
View all upcoming events.


EMBS identifies and recognizes the accomplishments and technological excellence of our members. This helps to demonstrate to the world—and educate the public about—the importance of Biomedical Engineering while creating interest in the profession as a career.

Sponsorship and Advertising

Featuring your company at an IEEE EMBS conference or in our publications provides an excellent opportunity to engage with professionals of all levels who are actively evaluating the best that the industry has to offer. Interact with industry experts, professors, biomedical engineers, clinicians, researchers, graduate students, policymakers, and key purchasing decision-makers.

Exhibitors have the opportunity to join other industry leaders and up-and-coming organizations that will be showcasing and promoting their existing and newly-developed products first-hand to attendees. Demonstrate your cutting-edge, innovative products and services to a global network of thousands of professionals that control multi-million dollar spending budgets.

Download the 2018-2019 IEEE EMBS Media Kit (PDF).