Making Sense of Stress 2017

"Stress in health and disease is medically, sociologically, and philosophically the most meaningful subject for humanity that I can think of" - Hans Selye

Selye was one of the earliest and most renowned stress researchers: in the mid-1900s, he recognised that our stress response impacts almost every organ system in the body, and towards the end of his career, he took on the view that stress is not what happens to you, but how you react to it. Hopefully, the better we understand how stress works in the body, the more we can optimise our reactions.

In 2017, we will be 'Making Sense of Stress' across all areas of our work. Please do join us and follow the conversation on Twitter using #YearOfStress


In January, Dr Kimberley Bennett (Abertay University) gave a lecture on Making sense of stress in the wild at the 2017 Association for Science Education Annual Conference.

In April, we are holding a Topic Meeting on The Neurobiology of Stress as part of BNA 2017: Festival of Neuroscience in Birmingham.


To give a glimpse into what people in the UK find the most stressful, we are conducting a YouGov Survey called 'Stressed out UK'. Stay tuned for discussions and a summary of the survey results.


Check our blog for posts each month.

Keep an eye out for the September issue of Physiology News, which will be themed around stress.

School visits

Please email if you would like to arrange a visit from one of our members to run an activity focusing on elite performance.

Previous Themes

Every year since 2014, we’ve designed and run a series of activities for schools and families around a particular Theme, in order to highlight the exciting research being carried out by physiologists in that field. Please take a look at some of the highlights of activities from previous Themes below:

2016: Elite Performance
2015: Ageing
2014: Obesity

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