Become a member

Membership of the British Phycological Society is open to all. There are several membership tiers available payable on an annual basis, some with the option to access the society’s journal, The European Journal of Phycology (only members on “with Journal” subscriptions will receive electronic access, whilst also receiving a paper copy). To register, simply select your membership plan and complete the checkout on the site, completing your details. Once complete, you will be able to log into your profile and access your membership benefits.

Being a member of the British Phycological society entitles you to several benefits, aside from being part of one of the oldest learned societies devoted to the study of algae. These include access to our bi-yearly publication The Phycologist, access to issues of The European Journal of Phycology (if on a with Journal tier), a 20% discount for publishing in our Open Access Journal Applied Phycology, reduced registration costs at our Annual Winter meeting, access to apply for grants and bursaries, take part in our annual Hilda Canter-Lund photographic competition, amongst others.

Online transactions are processed securely by and you can pay through that system with a credit or debit card, or via Direct Debit provided by GoCardless (UK members only). We do not hold payment data on the British Phycological Society website. PayPal allows for automatic renewals if you have a PayPal account, and you can cancel your membership at any time within your Member Area on the British Phycological Society website.

In order to view your membership account and access your member benefits, your membership must be current. Subscriptions renew each full calendar year on the 1st of January (with the exception of the 3 year student membership*), members who join during the year will pay a fee for the current calendar year. If you are joining the society after from 1st October onwards, the sign up fee for the current year will be waived providing you use the coupon code (BPSFREE) on checkout (which should be applied to your shopping cart automatically). Your renewal will be charged from 1st January each year until you cancel.

The BPS welcomes and encourages commercial companies, public agencies and regulatory organisations that use or consider algae in their work to become BPS Corporate Members. Click here for further information.

CategoryNo JournalWith Journal
Ordinary Member£10.50 - Select£36.50 - Select
Retired Member£5.50 - Select£31.00 - Select
Student Member£10.50 - Select£31.00 - Select
Student Member (3 years only)*£20.50 - SelectN/A
Corporate MemberMore detailsMore details

If you’ve forgotten your username or password, you can request your password to be emailed to you directly from the website, but if you are any problems at all, then please contact the Membership Secretary or the Webmaster.

* The 3 year student membership starts immediately after you register and ends 3 years after your registration date (you can view the end date in Your Member Area. This membership tier has been developed to enable PhD students to register for the effective duration of their programme. You can only register for one of these, if your PhD studies extend beyond the 3 year period, you would have to register for your final year as a “Student Member” on an annual basis, and then an Ordinary Member. If you have any questions about this please contact the Membership Secretary or the Webmaster.