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FBA Events

National Meeting of the British Hydrological Society

Hydroecology and the fine sediment conundrum: quantifying, mitigating and managing the issues.
6th July 2016
Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science,
Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.

To book for this event please visit the following webpage:

Registration closes 28th June 2016.

Cost per delegate (includes lunch and refreshments): BHS member £60; Student / Retired £45; Non-member £90.

When booking as a BHS member please select the “supporting association” under delegate type. The system does not issue invoices for payment- if you need to pay through this system please contact Tim Fuller BHS Secretary: or on 020 7665 2234.

Who should attend? This meeting aims to bring together those with an interest in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and aquatic ecology including consultants, river and water managers, policy-makers, stakeholders and researchers working at the sediment-ecology–flow interface.



FBA Annual Scientific Meeting May 2016

Catchments, Connectivity and avoiding Catastrophes

Ferry Landing

Location: FBA Windermere

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2016 

Final registration deadline: Now extended until 29 April 2016

Poster submission: Now extended until 29 April 2016

The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) has for over 85 years promoted the sustainable management of fresh waters using the best available science and information.

The theme of our 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting is ‘enhancing natural catchment processes and services' and the programme will explore why sound evidence and underpinning science is fundamental to the understanding and management of catchments including flooding events.

The FBA has always fostered strong links between freshwater scientists, practitioners and enthusiasts, and the programme for our Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) has been designed to bring these groups together. At a time when there is considerable pressure on politicians and statutory agencies to take action and a perception that interest in conservation and natural systems is reduced, there is a real opportunity to work together to understand and manage the environment.
Current interest in the links between patterns and processes in natural systems is reflected in the programme. The meeting will initially take a broad scale approach, looking at functionality, processes and data. It will then focus on monitoring, evidence and the underpinning science required, as well as the engagement of all interested parties, and how harnessing new technological approaches can help achieve this aim.

Book your place

There is a subsidised registration fee for FBA Members and students - join the FBA online
Download the registration form here
Download the programme here


FBA Open Day May 2016


Location: FBA Windermere

Date: Thursday 12 May 2016, between 10am and 5pm
Come along and see what we do at our free event on the shores of Windermere.
Talks, tours, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on freshwater sessions for everyone throughout the day. It’s your chance to see what we do, experience science and learn new skills. Visit our world class freshwater library and browse our information resources and publications, view some of our fascinating collections from the Lake District and around the world, and learn more about becoming part of our freshwater community.
A full programme can be found here
Let us know you're coming by email to or call us on 015394 42468.


East Stoke Fen Microbeasts Day

Location: FBA River Laboratory, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6BB

Date: 10am-1pm, Wednesday 6 April 2016

FBA, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Bournemouth University are holding an event to showcase the tiny but vital organisms that live in the wetland of East Stoke Fen nature reserve near Wool.

This wetland is home to a huge range of 'microbeasts' which are invisible to the naked eye, but are the basis of the food chain, providing food for the initial stages of fish and other aquatic life. 100 species of microbeasts, most of which have not been recorded anywhere else in the UK, have been discovered at East Stoke Fen nature reserve.

Professor Genoveva Esteban from Bournemouth University, who is based at the FBA's River Laboratory, said, "East Stoke Fen is a hot-spot of microbial biodiversity. Fen ponds support a large biological diversity that makes them fundamental in safeguarding local and national biodiversity".

For more information about the event contact DWT's Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or by email.

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