PhD and Early Career Researchers

Opportunities for PhD and ECR's to develop their skills across a range of activities, projects, events and conferences.

Our Fabulous 2016 mentors, Melanie Edgar, Cassie Raby, Simon Tarr, Scott Davidson, Lewis Bartlett and Catie Gutmann Roberts

Ecological Ambassadors Scheme

The Ecological Ambassadors Scheme aims to help PhD students and their departments build relationships with their local schools, develop outreach activities that link to curricula and hopefully encourage young people to consider further study in ecological science.

The Ambassadors will develop outreach activities for their local schools to help enthuse the next generation of ecologists.

What we’re looking for

  • A current PhD student in the ecological sciences registered to a UK institution, but can be based abroad
  • A member or someone willing to join the BES
  • Someone who’d like to gain experience working with A-level students and supporting their transition into Higher Education

What we’re offering

  • Full days training on developing outreach activities, working with school groups and the A-level biology curriculum. This will be hosted at the BES office in London on the 9th October 2017. Not being able to attend the training will not prevent you from taking part in this scheme.
  • Small grants for essential equipment by negotiation
  • Free BES membership for as long as you are part of the Ecological Ambassadors Scheme

What we hope to achieve

  • Development of a series of outreach activities that can be shared amongst everyone participating in the scheme
  • Regional member engagement with local schools
  • Outreach training for PhD students

Additional asks and rewards

  • Opportunities to engage with other activities as a BES representative
  • Travel expenses for ambassadors with extenuating financial circumstances
  • Brief careers talks within your own institution to Undergraduates
  • Write for the BES Bulletin, blog and alumni newsletter

How to apply

Complete this application form by the deadline of Monday 14th August

PhD Mentors for the BES Summer School

The BES Summer School offers PhD students the opportunity to act as mentors. Summer School 2017 is taking place on 17th – 21st July at the Dale Fort Field Studies Centre with PhD mentors already having been recruited.

Opportunities will become available for PhD mentors to join us for the BES Summer School 2018.

You, along with others will take on the social programme, develop some teaching ideas of your own, assist workshop leaders with delivery in areas of your interest along with providing small group activities for your mentees.

The school is open to 50 Undergraduates and 10 A-level students from across the UK.

We ask all PhD mentors to commit to outdoor first aid training, fully paid for by the BES in preparation for the school. A fully enhanced DBS check and a weekend planning trip to coincide with the outdoor first aid training.

You can read more about the school itself, previous mentor perspectives and programmes here

For more information regarding either of these opportunities please contact Amy Padfield for details.