The BES is an active and thriving organisation with something to offer anyone with an interest in ecology. Academic journals, teaching resources, meetings for scientists and policy makers, career advice and grants for ecologists are just a few of the Society's areas of activity.
The British Ecological Society is a learned society and a registered charity. Established in 1913 by academics to promote and foster the study of ecology in its widest sense, the Society currently has around 4,500 members spread around the world. The core activities are the publication of results of research in ecology, the development of scientific meetings and the promotion of ecological awareness through education at all levels. The Society's mission is:
"To advance and support the science of ecology and publicise the outcome of research, in order to advance knowledge, education and their application."
The Society is administered by a small secretariat from its office in London. In addition, financial support is provided for publication editors and their support staff working in universities and institutes around the United Kingdom, and a press secretary based in Cambridge.
The work of the BES is underpinned by the efforts of unpaid Officers and Committee members who determine policy and carry projects forward. The Society publishes four, internationally renowned journals and organises at least two major conferences each year plus a large number of smaller meetings and other events. It also initiates a diverse range of activities to promote awareness of ecology at the public and policy maker level in addition to developing ecology in the education system and it provides financial support for approved ecological projects.
The Society is funded through income from subscriptions, publications and its investment portfolio. It is an independent organisation that receives little outside funding. The British Ecological Society is a limited company, registered in England No. 1522897 and a Registered Charity No. 281213.