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Membership Fees

Annual subscriptions for the British Dam Society are currently:

  • Individual Member (Over 35) £40,
  • Individual Member (35 & under) £20,
  • Retired Member £20,
  • Student £0,
  • Corporate membership £375.

Discover the benefits of Corporate Membership and apply to become a Corporate Member on the Corporate Membership page here.

The Benefits of BDS Individual Membership

The five BDS strategic objectives aim to work towards our vision to be “a growing, inclusive and vibrant society; sharing knowledge and improving reservoir safety”:

  • Membership - Increase and diversify membership of the BDS,
  • Knowledge - Improve the quality and relevancy of our knowledge database,
  • Professionalism - Improve knowledge dissemination and communications to our membership,
  • Education - Enthuse the next generation of dam engineers and technicians,
  • Informing Opinion - Improve links and communications with external organisations, institutions and the public.

To help to achieve these objectives the BDS provides CPD opportunities to our members through the biennial conference, seminars and a programme of technical meetings and site visits in London and the regions throughout the year.

These CPD events provide an opportunity for the exchange of experience and information with other professionals, clients and industry suppliers.

The Society’s membership includes many senior staff and managers in top consultancies, dam owner organisations, government agencies and major contractors, who are involved in dams and reservoirs both in the UK and overseas.

The BDS has involvement in national and international technical committees and steering groups, influencing guidance and research projects.

The BDS informs and supports their members on national and international issues and best practice in planning, development, maintenance and operation of dams and reservoirs.

BDS Individual Membership includes the following benefits:

  • Hard and/or electronic copies of the Society’s “Dams and Reservoirs” journal, published four times per year,
  • Reduced fees will be offered to attend the BDS Biennial Conference,
  • Access to the BDS Members’ Area on the BDS website and the ICOLD Members’ Section on the ICOLD website, where Technical Bulletins can be downloaded free of charge,
  • Voting rights at the Society’s AGM and Special Meetings and at all elections for new committee members.

How to Become an Individual Member of the BDS

To join the British Dam Society, please complete the registration form below and click 'Join'. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to undertake payment of the required membership subscription by your chosen method, if you fail to receive a payment email after 48hrs please contact the BDS Secretary at ICE (

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