Propose a Thematic Topic Session for the Joint Annual Meeting 2017

We are now welcoming Thematic Topic Session proposals for the Joint Annual Meeting being organised by the British Ecological Society (BES), NecoV and Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF), between 11th and 14th December 2017 in Ghent, Belgium.


The deadline has now been extended to 17:00 (GMT), Friday 24 February.

Submit Thematic Topic

The Thematic Topic Sessions provide a high profile forum for the discussion of timely, innovative and/or important questions, provide local ‘flavour’ within the programme, and showcase integration among disciplines. We support submissions from across the full spectrum of ecology. However, for this meeting, we are particularly interested in considering proposals centred around:

  • Integration of observational and experimental approaches in ecology
  • New directions in conservation (including rewildling)
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Polar and montane ecology
  • New generation biomonitoring methods (e.g. eDNA, metagenomics)
  • Global ecological networks (e.g. GEOBON, LTER, NEON)
  • Human-nature interactions – moving beyond ecosystem services and nature-based solutions

Furthermore, we would like to promote proposals that involve representatives from across BES, NecoV and GfÖ. We receive in excess of 40 proposals each year for ~10 slots. All submissions are evaluated by an academic panel, primarily on the basis of scientific quality.


Each Thematic Topic Session should comprise one 30-minute plenary and six additional 15-minute talks. Organisers are responsible for ordering the presentations within the session, guaranteeing speakers submit their abstracts, ensuring speakers book for the meeting, and chairing the session.

Application Process

Please submit a proposal of less than two pages in length, using Arial 11-point text. All Thematic Topic Session proposals must include the following:

  • The Thematic Topic Session title
  • Name, address and email of the session organiser(s) [three organisers MAXIMUM]
  • A summary/abstract of the Thematic Topic Session [250-word MAXIMUM]
  • A justification of the Thematic Topic (e.g. novelty, timeliness, synthesis) [250-word MAXIMUM]
  • Name of a keynote speaker and their provisional talk title
  • Names and general research areas or talk titles of six other potential speakers
  • The steps the organiser(s) have taken to ensure that the proposal reflects the diversity of the ecological community. For example, the proposal must be in line with the BES equality and diversity statement.

Creating an inclusive environment for ecologists

We are committed to promoting equality in our community and, therefore, Thematic Topic Session proposals must take into consideration equality and diversity. They should reflect the current composition of the ecological community*; hence the diversity of organisers/speakers is a key criteria taken into account when evaluating proposals.

*Membership of one of the societies co-organising the meeting is used here as a proxy for the diversity of the ecological community:
55% male and 45% female (with less than 1% having another gender or preferring not to say);
69% of members are under 36 years old;
81% of members are heterosexual and 9% are LBGT+;
81% of members are white and 16% have a different ethnicity;
4% of members consider themselves disabled.