British Phycological Society Meetings

The meetings of the British Phycological Society are held annually at various venues in Britain and Ireland.

Please note that after much debate, we have decided to return to having the BPS annual meeting in January, though in the 2nd week of January and not immediately following New Year as before.

2018 Winter Meeting

BPS President Elect Graham Underwood and his team from the University of Essex will host the BPS 66th Annual Meeting in Southend, Essex from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th January 2018 (arrivals from Monday 8th). The venue is the Park Inn Hotel on the seafront in Southend. Further details will be posted here as plans develop. We look forward to welcoming you to Southend!

Joint BPS / Quekett Microscopical Society field meeting

Windermere, 15-17 September 2017.

A joint meeting of the Quekett Microscopical Society and the British Phycological Society will take place in Windermere and Far Sawrey, Cumbria on the weekend of 15-17 September. The meeting will combine field visits, laboratory time and talks. We plan to focus our attention on desmid-rich “Important Plant Areas” (IPAs) in the Lake District, but will be watching out for interesting specimens from all algal groups. Experts will be on hand to identify your specimens and Quekett members have a fund of knowledge and experience of all matters microscopical, so this is a great opportunity to learn about freshwater algae and microscopy in an informal setting.

The weekend costs £70 including lunches and one evening meal but excluding accommodation. Some suggestions for accommodation are included in the circular and more are listed in the FBA’s accommodation list. Places are limited to just 20 people, so early sign-up is recommended. Partners are welcome and can be accommodated at evening activities. Students who are eligible will be able to apply for support from the BPS.

More information (PDF).

Past meetings - The 2017 Winter Meeting

Our last meeting, the 65th Meeting of the British Phycological Society 11th to 13th January 2017, was a great success. It was hosted by Andrew Davies and the Ocean Sciences coordinating team at Bangor University. You can find further information at

Student Prizes and Awards

The Irène Manton (1904-1988, right) Prize is awarded at the Winter Meeting each year for the best student presentation. There is also a Student Poster Competition. The criteria for these awards are laid out in a downloadable PDF available by clicking on the link below.