Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is the highest honour we can give and it recognises an exceptional contribution at international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological knowledge and solutions.

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The number of Honorary Members at any one time is limited to approximately 1% of our total membership.

The Nominations Committee will consider the following criteria when considering nominations:

  • An exceptional body of research over at least 30 years which has defined our understanding of ecology or its application at an international level;
  • An outstanding publications record which includes landmark papers in major international journals and monographs and other research publications;
  • An exceptional contribution to the communication and promotion of ecology;
  • Contributions to the academic community including service for learned societies, nurturing the next generation of ecologists and the dissemination of ecology;
  • Service on national and international committees/advisory boards;
  • Election to national academies and similar bodies.

The nomination process for this award is now closed, and the winners will be announced later in 2021. 

The following people currently hold Honorary Membership because of their outstanding service to ecology:

(A-Z by surname)

  • Sir David Attenborough OM CH
  • Professor Sir John Beddington
  • Professor May Berenbaum
  • Professor Per Brinck
  • Dr Eileen Buttle
  • Mr Bob Campbell
  • Professor Richard Clymo
  • Professor Margaret Davis
  • Professor Sandra Diaz
  • Professor Paul Ehrlich
  • Professor Alastair Fitter
  • Professor Madhav Gadgil
  • Professor Charles Godfray
  • Professor Peter Grubb
  • Professor Michael Hassell
  • Sir Martin Holdgate
  • Professor Stephen Hubbell
  • Professor Tibor Jermy
  • Lord John Krebs of Wytham
  • Professor Sir John Lawton
  • Professor John Lee
  • Professor Gene Likens
  • Professor James Lovelock CH
  • Professor Jane Lubchenco
  • Professor Pamela Matson
  • Professor Hal Mooney
  • Professor Ian Newton
  • Professor Stephen Pacala
  • Professor Chris Pielou
  • Sir Ghillean Prance
  • Professor Sir David Read
  • Professor Janet Sprent
  • Professor William Sutherland
  • Professor David Tilman
  • Professor Staffan Ulfstrand
  • Professor Diana Wall
  • Professor Andrew Watkinson
  • Professor Edward O. Wilson
  • Professor Louise Vet