Membership benefits

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

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Publishing benefits

  • access to all 7 BES journal content on the Wiley Online Library:
    • People and Nature
    • Ecological Solutions and Evidence
    • 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
  • 25% discount on our ecology book series
  • 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) when publishing open access in Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology and Journal of Ecology. 
  • 20% discount when publishing in our fully open access journal’s People and Nature, Ecological Solutions and Evidence and Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
  • 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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