In 1986 The Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) was founded in Strasbourg. Its aims were to bring together artists, illustrators and sculptors working in medical education and the life sciences. AEIMS meets somewhere in Europe each year, usually linking the conference with one of the European training institutes. The meeting is always great fun and increasingly worthwhile as the years pass.
All members are professional experience with proof of publication as demonstrated by their portfolio. Active members generally includes those who make much of their living by freelancing or by employment. All members are required to be sponsored by two members or by the Membership Committee. Active Members receive all the benefits available to AEIMS members, are eligible to vote and may hold office in the association.