Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is the highest honour we can give and it recognises an exceptional contribution at international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological knowledge and solutions.

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The number of Honorary Members at any one time is limited to approximately 1% of our total membership.

The Nominations Committee will consider the following criteria when considering nominations:

  • An exceptional body of research over at least 30 years which has defined our understanding of ecology or its application at an international level;
  • An outstanding publications record which includes landmark papers in major international journals and monographs and other research publications;
  • An exceptional contribution to the communication and promotion of ecology;
  • Contributions to the academic community including service for learned societies, nurturing the next generation of ecologists and the dissemination of ecology;
  • Service on national and international committees/advisory boards;
  • Election to national academies and similar bodies.

If you would like to nominate someone from the ecological community, complete the form in the ‘Useful Documentation’ section below and email it to us.  Nominations are accepted annually in April.

The following people currently hold Honorary Membership because of their outstanding service to ecology:

(A-Z by surname)

  • Sir David Attenborough OM CH
  • Professor Sir John Beddington
  • Professor Per Brinck
  • Dr Eileen Buttle
  • Mr Bob Campbell
  • Professor Richard Clymo
  • Professor Margaret Davis
  • Professor Sandra Diaz
  • Professor Paul Ehrlich
  • Professor Alastair Fitter
  • Professor Madhav Gadgil
  • Professor Charles Gimingham
  • Professor Philip Grime
  • Professor Peter Grubb
  • Professor Michael Hassell
  • Sir Martin Holdgate
  • Professor Stephen Hubbell
  • Professor Tibor Jermy
  • Lord John Krebs of Wytham
  • Professor Sir John Lawton
  • Professor John Lee
  • Professor Gene Likens
  • Professor James Lovelock CH
  • Professor Jane Lubchenco
  • Dame Georgina Mace
  • Professor Pamela Matson
  • Professor Nils Malmer
  • Lord Robert May of Oxford OM
  • Professor Hal Mooney
  • Professor Ian Newton
  • Professor Stephen Pacala
  • Professor Chris Pielou
  • Sir Ghillean Prance
  • Professor Sir David Read
  • Professor Janet Sprent
  • Professor David Tilman
  • Professor Staffan Ulfstrand
  • Professor Eddy van der Maarel
  • Professor Edward O. Wilson