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About the Society

The way in which liquids flow and solids deform affects all aspects of life. Extraction and processing of crude oil, moulding of plastics, use of toothpaste, spreading of margarine, painting and the lubrication of joints in the human body are all examples of processes depending upon rheological behaviour. Rheology is defined as the science of the deformation and flow of matter.

  • The British Society of Rheology was founded in 1940 with the objective of promoting the science of rheology.
  • The Society is non-profit making and is registered as a charity (Reg. Charity No 249967).
  • The Society offers various awards and scholarships.
  • It is a founder member of the International Committee on Rheology (1953) which organizes the four-yearly International Congresses. It is also a founder member of the European Society of Rheology (1996), and has many links with the Society of Rheology in the USA.

If your work is concerned with rheology in any way, then you have much to gain by joining the British Society of Rheology - publications, conferences and access to fellow members who, while working in a different discipline or industry, may be facing similar problems to yours.

History of the Society

The Society was founded as an informal British Rheologists' Club in 1940 and has as its objectives the promotion of science and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of pure and applied rheology. It has expanded greatly since then and has reached over 300 members, of whom about one third lie outside the U.K. and are distributed widely throughout the world. For example, there are about 50 members in North America. However, it still strives to preserve the informal Club atmosphere. All offices of the Society are honorary appointments and an elected Council is the governing body. Members are drawn both from academic life and from a wide range of industrial activities. They come from many scientific disciplines including mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, materials science, engineering and medicine.

BSR Archives


The archives of the British Society of Rheology are held in the Strong Room of the Hugh Owen Library, Aberystwyth University. They comprise several groups of documents as described below. A more detailed description of the contents of the archives is available here

Business Papers

Correspondence and notes relating to the establishment and early history of the British Society of Rheology; agenda and minutes of meetings; BSR rules and regulations, and papers concerning their development; information regarding membership; general correspondence; correspondence relating to the BSR publication, Rheology Abstracts ; notes, draft reports and proposals on rheological nomenclature, and papers relating to BSR awards.

Conference Papers

Material concerning conference planning; notes, correspondence, programmes and reports relating to BSR conferences, including the Golden Jubilee Conference of 1990; correspondence discussing the possibility of joint conferences between the BSR and the US Society of Rheology, and minutes of the British Organising Committee of the Second International Congress on Rheology.

Papers Relating to Other Rheological Societies

Papers relating to European rheological activity in general; to the International Committee on Rheology, and to rheological societies in Japan, Canada, France, Australia, India, The Netherlands, the USSR, Italy, Belgium and the USA.

Papers Relating to Other Scientific Organisations

Papers relating to various scientific organisations, and their concern with rheology. These include the Royal Society; the British Standards Institution; The British National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; The Directorate of Polymer Engineering, and the Institute for Scientific Information.


A collection of early photographs of Scott-Blair and other members of the British Society of Rheology, along with photographs taken from 1975 onwards, mainly of annual award winners and recent council members.

Killesreiter Papers

Correspondence between the BSR and the German scientist Hermann Killesreiter, along with copies of scientific papers published by Killesreiter.

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