Whichever your area of interest, our wide-ranging specialist and regional groups offer you a professional and friendly platform to share knowledge and experiences, debate ideas, grow your network and raise your profile.

Specialist groups

Choose from over 50 specialist interest groups where members share discussion, ideas and enthusiasm for their chosen subject. Access insight and expertise on topics as niche as Fortran and as diverse as Women in IT or Consultancy.  

Health

Health and Care Scotland
This group aims to promote the development and use of health informatics in Scotland.

Primary Health Care
This group’s main focus is the development and dissemination of best practice in primary care informatics.

Health Nursing
This group is for nurses and therapists interested in the management and use of information and communications technology to improve the quality, delivery and recording of care.

Health and Care Wales
This group aims to promote the health informatics industry in Wales, in recognition of the particular challenges faced by the Welsh health sector.

Health and Care Northern
This group aims to promote the theory and practice of using IT responsibly in healthcare.

Health and Care London and South East
This group's objective is to advance the understanding and use of informatics to promote health.

Health and Care Northern Ireland
This group aims to promote the development and use of health informatics and Connected Health in Northern Ireland.

National Mental Health
This group represents the views of healthcare and informatics professionals whose passion is to use technology to support direct patient care and self-care.

Project management

Agile Methods
This group focuses on the implementation and promotion of agile methods covering all the disciplines in the lifecycle of a project.

Project Management (PROMS-G)
This group provides the opportunity to develop awareness and competence in project and programme management, encourages research and promotes the use and development of standards.

Quality
This group holds two international conferences each year, respectively on IT quality, and on education and training in process improvement.

Information management

Data Centre
This group provides a forum for open and honest discussion, information sharing and evaluation of all Data Centre-related issues and technologies.

Data Management
This group helps data management professionals support organisations to achieve their objectives through improved awareness, management and responsible exploitation of data.

Information Retrieval
This group aims to include supporting communication between researchers and practitioners, promoting the use of IR methods in industry and raising public awareness.

Information Risk Management and Assurance (IRMA)
This group supports practitioners in the areas of information systems risk management, compliance and audit, and promotes the awareness and use of computer auditing, control and risk management techniques.

Internet
This group is a forum for internet and IT professionals. It provides presentations, meetings, events and resources on internet technology and all aspects of its application.

Future of computing

Artificial Intelligence
This group aims to foster achievement, capability and awareness in both business and research in artificial intelligence, and to promote the interests of the related community.

Computer Arts Society
This group promotes the creative uses of computers in the arts. It is a community of interest for all involved in doing, managing, interpreting and understanding information technology's cultural potential.

Future Computing Systems (FCS)
This group focuses on parallel and coherent distributed computing systems and problems.

Interaction
This group provides an organisation for all those working on human-computer interaction - the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for human use.

Business and consultancy

Business Change
This group promotes the role that business change has to play in the advancement and development of the IT profession.

Business Information Systems
This group provides a forum for investigating and discussing the business-related issues of IT. It focuses on business information, business intelligence, business integration, business infrastructure, and business investment realisation. 

Communications Management Association (CMA)
This group offers members access to good practice, knowledge networks and government representation in communications, collaboration and cloud services.

Configuration Management
This group covers the transition areas of change, release and software asset management, including the specialist UK SAM Networking Group.

Consultancy
This group aims to help members develop their knowledge and consultancy competencies and skills.

Entrepreneurs
This group offers expert advice, mentoring and independent, objective thinking to help launch your start up.

Requirements Engineering
This group offers the opportunity for requirements engineering practitioners, researchers, educators and students to exchange experiences and new technologies through workshops, seminars and tutorials on all aspects of requirements engineering.

Service Management
This group provides an avenue for developing and promoting IT service management techniques and standards such as ITIL®, COBIT® and ISO/IEC 20000.

Sociotechnical
This group promotes the view that in developing, using and studying ICT systems, it is essential to give due weight to both social and technical factors.

Software development

Advanced Programming
This group concentrates on the new ideas underlying recent developments and is not confined to particular programming languages, paradigms or development methodologies.

Animation and Games Development
This group aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to animation and computer games.

DevSecOps
This group is essentially about acceleration and automation of the code development to deployment process.

Digital Accessibility
This group provides a forum to develop an awareness of DA issues, and champions the need for DA to be a cornerstone of all digital solutions.

Formal Aspects of Computing Science (FACS)
This group helps British industry to stay in the forefront of formal computer techniques, and British academics to maintain the applicability of their research.

Fortran
This group disseminates information about Fortran and its application in various fields, and provides a platform for discussion of users' needs and requirements in future versions of Fortran.

Open Source
This group exists to help demystify open source practice and its implications, to illuminate the pros and cons of open source and to act as a centre of expertise.

Payroll
This group is involved in the development and maintenance of payroll IT solutions and IT interchanges with the Government.

Scottish Testing
This group aims to promote and share excellence in systems and software testing in Scotland.

Software Practice Advancement (SPA)
This group brings together practitioners to share knowledge and experience about best and emerging practices for software development.

Software Testing
The objectives of this group are to promote the importance of software testing, and to develop awareness of industry's best practices in software testing.

Learning and development

e-Learning
This group aims to promote e-learning and e-safety and is of relevance to academics, teachers and those interested in the use of e-learning for continuous professional development, and by the wider public.

Learning and Development
This group brings together learning and education practitioners working in the fields of IT and computing, whether they be in industry, compulsory education, further education or academia.

History of computing

Computer Conservation Society
This group promotes the conservation of historic computers and identifies existing computers which may need to be archived in the future.

Ethics, Law and diversity in IT

BCSWomen
This group is dedicated to supporting female tech professionals and tackling the industry's gender gap.

Financial Services
This group aims to identify and promote good practice in the design, development and use of financial services IT systems. 

Green IT
This group promotes green computing and addresses green issues and the adoption of green practices associated with information and communication technologies and services across their lifecycle.

ICT Ethics
This group focuses on the ethical implications of ICT provision, use and development. Ethics is fundamental to professionalism, informing both behaviour and practice and is at the core of BCS and relevant to all members.

Law
This group covers many legal aspects of IT, including IT law, communications law, IT litigation, IT disputes and regulatory compliance. 

Security

Cybercrime Forensics
This group aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to cybercrime and cybercrime forensics.

Information Security (ISSG)
The objectives of this group are to raise awareness of the risks to information systems and identify technical and non-technical methods for attaining acceptable levels of security.

Young Professionals Information Security (YPISG)
This group provides information on and practical activities for developing and maintaining a career in information security to a high professional standard.

Strategy and architecture

Enterprise Architecture
This group promotes best practice in enterprise and IT architectures, and contributes to the development of enterprise architecture methods and practices.

UK branches

From Aberdeen to Belfast, Sussex to the South West, our network comprises almost 50 branches spanning the UK. They’re a great place to make new contacts and stay up to date with developments in your region.  

Scotland

Aberdeen
Our Aberdeen branch is ideally located for members in North East and Northern Scotland.

Edinburgh
Our Edinburgh branch supports our community in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Glasgow
Glasgow branch members are typically located in Glasgow and West or Central Scotland.

Tayside and Fife
Our Tayside and Fife branch serves members in Dundee and Perth and the surrounding areas of Angus, Perthshire and North Fife.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland
Our Northern Ireland branch supports our community in Northern Ireland.

North

Cumbria
Our Cumbria branch is ideally located for members in the North Cumbria area.

Manchester
Our Manchester branch supports our community in Greater Manchester (and just beyond).

Merseyside
Merseyside branch members are typically located in Liverpool and its environs, Wirral and South Lancashire.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Our Newcastle-upon-Tyne branch serves members in the North East and Cumbria. 

Preston and District
Our Preston and District branch is ideally located for members in Preston and the surrounding area.

South Yorkshire
Our South Yorkshire branch is ideally located for members in the Sheffield area.

Teesside and District
Our Teesside and District branch supports our community in the Middlesbrough area.

West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire branch members are typically located in and around Leeds and Bradford.

Wales

Chester and North Wales
Our Chester and North Wales branch serves members in the Chester and North Wales area.

Mid-Wales
Our Mid-Wales branch is ideally located for members in South Gwynedd, Ceredigion, North Powys and West Pembrokeshire.

South Wales
South Wales branch members are typically located in and around Cardiff, Swansea and Bridgend.

Midlands

Birmingham
Our Birmingham branch serves members in the West Midlands area.

Coventry
Our Coventry branch supports our community in the Coventry and Warwick area.

Hereford and Worcester
Our Hereford and Worcester branch is ideally located for members in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Humberside
Humberside branch members are typically located in and around Hull.

Leicester
Our Leicester branch serves members in and around Leicester.

North Staffordshire
Our North Staffordshire branch supports our community in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.

Northampton
Our Northampton branch is ideally located in Northampton, Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Nottingham and Derby
Nottingham and Derby branch members are typically located in the Nottingham and Derby area and beyond.

Shropshire
Our Shropshire branch serves members in the Shropshire area.

Wolverhampton
Our Wolverhampton branch supports our community in and around Wolverhampton.

East Anglia

Bedford
Bedford branch members are typically located in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Hertfordshire
Our Hertfordshire branch serves members in Hertfordshire as well as parts of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

London

London (Central)
London (Central) branch members are typically located in central London.

London (North)
Our London (North) branch serves members in North London

London (South)
Our London (South) branch supports our community in South London.

London (West)
Our London (West) branch is ideally located for members in West London.

South

Berkshire
Berkshire branch members are typically located in and around Maidenhead and Reading.

Bristol
Our Bristol branch serves members in Bristol and surrounding areas. 

Cheltenham and Gloucester
Our Cheltenham and Gloucester branch supports our community in and around Cheltenham. 

Dorset
Our Dorset branch is ideally located for members in Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas.

Hampshire
Hampshire branch members are typically located in the Southampton and Portsmouth area.

Kent
Our Kent branch supports our community in and around Kent.

Oxfordshire
Our Oxfordshire branch is ideally located for members in and around Oxford. 

Sussex
Our Sussex branch serves members in the Sussex area.

Wiltshire
Our Wiltshire branch serves our community in and around Swindon. 

International sections

Our international hubs are located across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, supporting our member communities in these areas with a platform for networking, professional development and debate.  

Europe

Guernsey
Our Guernsey section hold events at the GTA University Centre in St Peter Port. 

Hellenic
Our Hellenic section serves members in Greece and holds events in Athens.

Isle of Man
Our BCS Isle of Man section hold events in Douglas.

Jersey
Our Jersey section hold events in the St Helier area.

Malta
Our Malta section hold events in various locations in Malta.

Switzerland
Our Switzerland section hold events in Zurich, Geneva and Bern.

Africa

Mauritius
Our Mauritius section was established in 2003 and aims to promote information technology in the country.

East and Southern Africa
We have a dedicated LinkedIn group for BCS members based in East and Southern Africa. This group includes former IMIS members and members studying towards BCS qualifications. Join the East and Southern Africa LinkedIn group and begin networking with your peers. 

West Africa
If you are based in West Africa and want to network with local BCS members we recommend you join our dedicated LinkedIn group. This group covers general networking and discusses subjects such as IMIS and HEQ exams. 

Asia

Hong Kong
Our Hong Kong section hold events in and around Hong Kong.

Sri Lanka
Our Sri Lanka section was established in 1996 and has over 5,000 members. 

USA and Canada

Canada
Our Canada section serves members in the Southern Ontario area of Canada. 

USA
Our USA section was formed in 2004 and serves members across the country. 

BCS student chapters

BCS student chapters bring talented computer science students together in universities throughout the UK to take part in social activities, share information and ideas, and connect with the wider BCS community.

Chapters work in a similar way to a computing society, providing a platform for like-minded students to get together to debate and share information across IT disciplines. They also offer students the opportunity to connect with people working in the industry and to start building a professional network.

BCS chapters

 

ELITE

The IT leaders forum for impartial, non-commercial networking, discussion and problem solving.

More about ELITE

YPG

Networking and support for members who are building the foundations for their tech career.

More about YPG

BCS Health and Care

This group was formed to cover all aspects of informatics in support of health.

More about BCS Health and Care

Computing At School

A learned society dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline.

More about CAS

STELLAR

An initiative that aims to encourage more women to consider careers in science, engineering, mathematics and IT.

More about STELLAR