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A professional organization (or association) is a group of individuals who work together to support the interests of their profession, to support each other in professional development, and to regulate the profession by developing a code of ethics, licensing or certification requirements, and other guidelines. Professional organizations often offer continuing education opportunities, host conferences, and may publish white papers and reports on the profession or industry. Professional organizations are usually non-profit and many charge membership fees. In addition to the international or national organization, there may be regional or state branches.
The links below are examples of biology associations. Use the tips to the left to see if there's a professional organization related to your research or interests.