The Scottish Freshwater Group (SFG) is a forum for members to exchange information across disciplines and to promote awareness of current issues and research related to the freshwater environment in Scotland. Membership is open to anybody with an interest in freshwater ecosystems. Currently there are ~ 350 members from universities, research institutes, government and non-government agencies, industry and interested members of the public. There is no subscription fee.


The SFG holds a meeting twice yearly in April and October. Meetings usually consist of seven or eight talks and a lunchtime poster display. In particular the meetings offer a forum for postgraduate students to present their work. Please see the links below for presentations from previous meetings. If you wish to receive agendas for future SFG meetings, or give a talk or poster, please email Dr Pauline Lang or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Unless stated otherwise, meetings are held at the University of Stirling, hosted by Colin Bull of the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Talks are usually in Lecture Theatre 2V1 and poster displays in adjacent room 2V2, both in the Cottrell Building. Lunch can be obtained in Haldane's Eatery or takeaway outlets in the Atrium. There is normally no fee and no need to pre-register: just turn up and follow the signs for the meeting in the Cottrell Building. See a campus map.

Future Meetings

103rd meetingThurs 24 OctoberTheme: Eco-hydrology and Hydro-ecology.
Submissions to Guest coordinator Faye Jackson (Marine Scotland Science)

Past meetings and summary reports

Agenda and presentations
102nd meetingApril 2018Exploring the practicalities of delivering freshwater conservation and restoration projectsReport (PDF)
101st meetingOctober 2018AgendaReport (PDF)
100th meetingApril 2017 (2 days)50 years of the Scottish Freshwater GroupReport (PDF)
99th meetingOctober 2017Envisioning the future sustainability of Scotland's freshwaters 
98th meetingApril 2017Connecting people with the freshwater environment 
97th meetingOctober 2016Includes afternoon session on A Fuller Picture of FisheriesSummary report (PDF)
96th meetingApril 2016 (2 days)Freshwater research presentations and Bioblitz activities 
95th meetingOctober 2015Half-day on river restorationSummary report (PDF)
94th meetingApril 2015Half-day theme on "CREW discussion of research priorities"Summary report (PDF)
93rd meetingOctober 2014Half-day theme on "The Eddlestone Water Project"Summary report (PDF)
92nd meetingMarch 2014Half-day theme on "The Story of Tweed Sea-trout"Summary report (PDF)
91st meetingOctober 2013Joint meeting with the IBIS projectSummary report (PDF)
90th meetingApril 2013 Summary report (PDF)
89th meetingAutumn 2012Freshwater research in the developing worldSummary report (PDF)

Presentations from older meetings can be found in our web archive.