It is Almost a part of our culture to organize an association whenever we are faced with a problem or objective. The myriad of environmental groups that have sprung up in recent years are an example of this tendency. The association makes sense; it can concentrate resources on specific problems, improve communications, eliminate duplication of effort and present the views of like-minded individuals with a voice much greater than the sum of its parts. But does it? There are so many individual associations that many of the benefits that could be derived from them are negated by their blundering across each other's paths. With science and scientists held in general disrepute by the public it is important to avoid apparent conflicts and waste of our resources and to build as many pillars of strength as possible. Strong scientific societies that are able to act in harmony can be one such pillar.