The 47th Annual Conference of the Institute will be held in the historic city of Norwich, within the grand surroundings of the 17th Century Assembly House (http://www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk).

The steering group have put together a first class programme featuring speakers from across the fisheries spectrum covering topics from the river headwaters to the marine environment.

We are pleased to announce that this years Hugh Fish Lecture will be given by Charles Rangeley-Wilson. Charles is a writer, photographer and conservationists and founder member of the Wild Trout Trust and Norfolk Rivers Trust. He has also served as an advisor to the WWF UK

We are delighted once again to welcome a guest speaker from the American Fisheries Society. This year Randy Schultz, the Chair of their Fisheries Management Section will be in attendance and providing a talk on some of his work on the Mississippi

The conference programme can be downloaded here

Alongside the main conference there will be a poster session as well as a number of trade stands, featuring companies from around the country.

We will hold the Annual Dinner on the first evening, also at the Assembly Rooms. This will be the perfect opportunity to socialise and network with conference delegates whilst enjoying a fantastic meal and a glass of wine.

The Annual Meeting of the Institute will be held on Tuesday October 4th, starting at 17.40. The Agenda can be downloaded here.

Running over the first two days will be a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction go towards supporting the work of the Mahseer Trust in Asia (http://www.mahseertrust.org). Why not make a bid and take home a bargain.

Unfortunately the field trip to Hoveton Great Broad is currently full. 

We are running a reserves list. If you would like to be added to it please email paul.coulson@ifm.org.uk

Free Membership of the IFM

This year we will be offering all delegates who register for the full conference, using the non-members rate, the opportunity to join the Institute free for 15 months. This will be at Affiliate Level, however it can be upgraded to Associate or Registered Membership for a small fee.

This will provide delegates with all the benefits of membership including five editions of our all new digital magazine FISH, discounts on future events, training and publications, full access to our new website as well as free attendance at branch activities.

If you would like some helpful information on accommodation and other things to do in Norwich please download our short guide here