"We were able to put together a packed programme of activities to help introduce the public to key ecological topics."

Anna Bunney Grant recipient


BES Membership

You can join the British Ecological Society for as little as £21 if you are a student, retired, or a resident of a country classified as ‘low-income’ by the World Bank. Ordinary members can join from £42. Your membership will include:

  • Reduced price registration for all BES run and sponsored meetings (BES Student members are entitled to further discounts)
  • Member only ring-fenced grants
  • Free access to all BES journal content on the Wiley Online Library (including Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
  • 25% discount on open access fees when publishing as first or corresponding author in BES journals (worth $750)
  • 10% discount when publishing in Ecology and Evolution 
  • Discount on room booking in our Charles Darwin House Conference Centre
  • The Bulletin – the newsletter which keeps you up to date with the ecological community
  • Networking opportunities to meet and interact with other ecological professionals
  • World class journals
  • Member only discounts from leading scientific publishers (found on the members’ area)
  • Monthly eBulletin giving members priority notice of BES initiatives and opening dates
  • Supporting the BES’s vision and activities

To make an application for membership, click this link. You can use the same link to renew an existing membership.

The vision of the British Ecological Society is to advance ecology and make it count.

Ecology is the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and with their physical environment.  At a time when finite natural resources are being used at increasing rates, it has never been more important for human society to understand its impact on ecological systems and their importance in maintaining human health.

The BES’s many activities include the publication of a range of scientific literature, including five internationally renowned journals, the organisation and sponsorship of a wide variety of meetings, the funding of numerous grant schemes, education work and policy work.

The Society was established in 1913 and has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, and membership is open to all with an interest in ecology.  There is a small membership fee, with discounts for students and those from low income countries.

The Society is funded through income from subscriptions, publications and its investment portfolio. It is an independent organisation that receives little outside funding.

Membership costs just £52 per year (£26 for students/reduced/retired) and you can apply and pay online. If you choose to pay by direct debit. Reduced membership is open to members who are residents in countries classified as “low Income” by the World Bank. Click here to see find out if you are eligible.

To join click the “apply” tab on the right hand menu. If you are unable to apply using the online application form, please complete and return the BES application form.

Existing members can renew their membership online by clicking “Renew” link on the right hand menu. Membership is by Committee approval and may take approximately one month to process.

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