Membership benefits

Joining BES gives you access to a number of exclusive member benefits.

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Publishing benefits

  • access to all 6 BES journal content on the Wiley Online Library:
    • People and Nature
    • Functional Ecology
    • Journal of Animal Ecology
    • Journal of Applied Ecology
    • Journal of Ecology
    • Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    • Added bonus- open access journal Ecology and Evolution
  • easy access to a range of our free guides to encourage research excellence, including our new Promoting Your Research guide
  • 25% discount on our ecology book series
  • 25% discount on OnlineOpen fees when publishing as first or corresponding author in Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • 25% discount when publishing in our fully open access journal People and Nature
  • 10% discount when publishing in Ecology and Evolution

Apply for grants 

  • over £350,000 in grants awarded on an average year
  • receive exclusive access to apply for research and training and travel grants
  • discount on registration fees to our retreats and workshops designed to give you the best chance at success when applying to grants

Take part in our photo competition, Capturing Ecology 

  • submit your amazing photographs of nature and your work in Ecology for the chance to win some great prizes
    • £750 and a Lomography fisheye camera for the overall winner
  • opportunity to promote your work, yourself and your discipline
  • winning images shared at BES events, exhibitions, and credited in publications

Discount on Events and Meetings

  • Ordinary Members can save up to 35% on registration fees for BES run and sponsored meetings such as:
    • Annual Meeting in December
    • Symposia in Spring
  • Concession Members can save up to 70% on registration fees
  • advance notice by email of events and deadlines for submissions of abstracts

Training & Mentoring opportunities

  • develop your career and build lifelong relationships through our mentoring schemes
  • up to £1000 funding opportunities towards engagement activities with diverse audiences
  • access to training events and workshops to learn essential communication skills

Quarterly copy of The Niche

  • receive your free copy of our magazine
  • read all about the BES, innovative ecological research, and stories from members all around the world
  • access to PDF versions of the latest issues

Networking opportunities

  • collaborate with people who are just as passionate as you are in your field of science
  • share your knowledge with other ecologists to influence policy and make scientific evidence accessible to decision-makers
  • join a Special Interest Group (SIG) and become a part of a passionate community

Help shape the future of the BES

  • support a community that is working towards a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology
  • become a leader and have your say in the BES by joining a committee
  • collaborate, publish, share, learn, and grow in your science


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