Careers Programme at our annual meeting

Our careers development events and activities and resources before during and after the the BES annual meeting.

Careers Development Programme at the BES Annual Meeting

Please join us throughout 11th-14th December at the ACC in Liverpool.  None of our events clash with the scientific programme but if you do miss anything, you will be able to catch up with the highlights here.We have a great programme this year, with something for everyone and open to everyone regardless of their career stage. Space for these events is generally limited to 25 so please do sign up on the registration sheets (to be found outside Room 9)

Monday 12th December

8.00am Women in science:  Room 9: Open to all those involved in or interested in our women in ecology mentoring schemes and to those who simply wish to network.  Two of this year’s mentors and mentees will be on hand to share their experiences (Refreshments and pastries provided)

Speakers and panellists

Dr Rona McGill
Dr Jenni McDonald
Dr Katherine Roberts
Dr Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley


10.40am Meet the Plenary speaker:  Room 9: Open to PhD and 1st Post Docs; join us with Daniel Pauly to ask your questions in a smaller environment.  You can tweet your questions ahead of time to @BES_Careers.  Don’t forget to bring your coffee!

1.30pm-2.30pm Managing an Interdisciplinary Career:  Room 9: Open to everyone working in interdisciplinary fields, this panel discussion offers insights and an opportunity to share experiences along with a chance to talk to us about how the BES can support members working in these fields.

Speakers and Panellists

Dr Tom August
Dr Iain Stott
Dr Tom Ezard
Dr Regan Early


1.30pm- 2.30pm: Moving into leadership roles:  Room 3A Open to everyone on the cusp of or seeking promotion and building on the BES Webinar “ Moving into leadership roles” the panel will take questions and offer their advice on a breadth of career steps they’ve taken to reach leadership roles.

Speakers and Panellists: Chaired by Will Gosling

Prof Diana Wall
Dr Aletta Bonn
Prof Steve Albon
Prof Mike Begon


Tuesday 13th December

8.00am: Building Support networks:  Room 9: Aimed at those undertaking their first post doctoral position, join us for breakfast and a chance to network with others in the same position and identify and discuss sources of support and mentoring.  Please do bring along your own ideas for how the BES might help support as we’re keen to hear what you have to say. (Refreshments and pastries provided)

10.30am Meet the Plenary speaker:  Room 9: Open to PhD and 1st Post Docs; join us with Anne Chou to ask your questions in a smaller environment.  You can tweet your questions ahead of time to @BES_Careers.  Don’t forget to bring your coffee!

1.30pm-2.30pm Early Career Grant Writing workshop: Room 9: On 7th November the BES ran a workshop for Early Career Researchers on grant writing.  The workshop had limited capacity and many people were not able to attend.  This review is open to all Early Career researchers and briefly covers the highlights of the workshop.

Speakers and Panellists

Dr Josephine Walker
Dr Iain Stott


1.30pm- 2.30pm: Career options outside of academia:  Room 3A Open to ecologists of all ages and stages this panel discussion will discuss the breadth of career options  outside of academia and offers participants an opportunity to question our panel representing NGO’s, Business, Science communication and Consultancy.

Speakers and panellists

Natural England Pete Brotherton
Environment Agency Frances Attwood
Nature Simon Harold
Environment Systems Katie Medcalf
Scottish Government Sandra Marks
Natural Power Michael Shrewring

Wednesday 14th December

8.00am Becoming an Associate Editor:  Room 9: Join us for breakfast and a chance to chat to our Associate Editors from the BES journals.  This is a great opportunity to find out what it’s like to be an Associate Editor and to ask advice on how to become one (refreshments and pastries provided)

Speakers and Panellists:  Chuck Fox (chair) Senior Editor, Functional Ecology, Steph Januchowski-Hartley –Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology , Luca Borger –Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Jane Catford –Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology

And Finally:  Onto planning for the careers programme for the BES annual meeting 2017: Please do drop us a line either through #BESCareers or email to Karen Devine if you have any suggestions, spotted any gaps in the programme or just want to get more involved.