Since 1972, BSECS has run an Annual Conference, providing a forum for the presentation of research on all aspects of eighteenth-century history and culture. The conference is held in early January each year, and has for many years been hosted by St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Over three days, alongside keynote lectures, roundtable discussions, concerts and other events, about 300 papers are delivered by speakers from around the world. Anyone interested in the eighteenth century is welcome to attend, whether giving a paper or not.

BSECS also runs an annual conference especially for postgraduate students and early career scholars. The PG/ECR conference takes place at different venues, usually in the early summer.

In 2019, in Edinburgh, BSECS will host the major International Conference on the Enlightenment (ICE) on behalf of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS).