The British Hydrological Society was originally co-sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (formerly through the Institute of Hydrology).

The Institution, with its headquarters in central London, provides secretarial and administrative functions, including membership and accounting services, and is the venue for many of our national meetings. BHS is an Associated Society of the ICE, and has a representative on the Institution's Water Expert Panel.

International Links

Following an agreement made in 1990 with the Royal Society, BHS acts as a link between the British hydrological community and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. An Associate Committee of the BHS, the UK Committee for IAHS, has the following main functions:

  • To provide channels of communication and contact between UK hydrologists and IAHS
  • To encourage and co-ordinate involvement of UK hydrologists in the activities of IAHS
  • To assist in major IAHS events in the UK
  • To provide advice on IAHS matters
  • To make nominations for IAHS awards and prizes
  • To make nominations for IAHS officers
  • To ensure that the UK discharges its voting rights in IAHS elections

BHS is an affiliated organisation of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Further informal links with EGU exist through members and committee members of the Society acting as session conveners and in other capacities in EGU.

Similarly, further informal links are maintained with other international societies with interests relating to hydrology.

BHS circulates details of meetings with hydrological interest through its newsletter, and encourages members to attend them, through the availability of travel grants.


National links

The Society maintains and continues to nurture relations with learned societies in associated disciplines, particularly the Institution of Civil Engineers (through its Water Panel), the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society, the British Dam Society, the British Ecological Society and the British Geomorphological Research Group.

The BHS President is a member of the UK Committee for National and International Hydrology.