This year the IFM celebrates it’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone we will be returning to Nottingham for our birthday conference. Nottingham was the location for our first conference in 1969 so it is quite fitting that we return in this special year

The conference will be hosted by the Midlands Branch and will held at the Nottingham Conference Centre on October 8th – 10th. 

The theme for this year’s conference is Learning from the Past to Inform the Future 

The branch has put together a fantastic programme of talks that incorporates sessions from the freshwater, transitional and marine environments. Conference sessions will cover a wide range of topics over the three days including

  • Technology – Tracking
  • Governance and Economics
  • Fish
  • Historical Perspectives 
  • Rewilding
  • Fish and Fisheries Challenges
  • Technology – Monitoring
  • Environmental Challenges

The conference programme can be downloaded here

The Tuesday evening will see the branch hosting the poster evening and networking event. In a first for the annual conference this years event will be held on the water. Delegates will be taken by coach to the River Trent where they will board the Nottingham Princess for an evening cruise down river. Drinks and dinner will be served whilst we sail. 

This event is included in the delegate fee

Posters will be on display in the clubhouse before we sail

The Wednesday evening will be the IFM Annual Dinner and Awards which will be held in the grand surroundings of the Nottingham Council House. This is an evening not to be missed. 

Please note the conference dinner must be booked separately


We also have a number of field trip options this year.

Trip 1. Attenborough Nature Reserve

Travel by coach to Attenborough and hear an introduction by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust about the proposed changes to the flow of the River Erewash through the reserve. The river was diverted into the reserve in the 1970s to facilitate barge traffic and resulted in pollution in some of the gravel pits. Now gravelling has ceased mitigation measures are required to alter the course of the river and close off the barge channel. Attenborough is renowned for its bird life and there will be an opportunity to undertake some bird watching whilst there

Trip 2.The Trent Gateway Project 

The Trent Gateway project will restore the River Trent to a thriving green corridor, focussing on enabling fish passage to over 400km of river. Through working in partnership, the project will also deliver a range of recreational and economic benefits by linking the people to the social history of the area and the role the Trent has played in shaping the communities along its route. 

Trip 3. Calverton Fish Farm 

A visit to the Environment Agency fish farm at Calverton. A guided tour of the state of the art facilities, and an opportunity to learn how the EA produce the hundreds of thousands of fish that they stock in to England’s rivers and stillwaters each year. There are limited spaces for this trip. 

So that we can ensure that we have enough coach space for delegates please pick your preferred option on the registration page. 

You can always update this closer to the time

Please note the conference fee does not include accommodation. There are dozens of options available within walking distance of the venue


Conference Supporters

We are very grateful to the following companies for their support of the conference

Main Conference Sponsor

Networking Event Sponsor

Annual Dinner Sponsor 

Student Sponsor 

Delegate Pack Sponsor