Join a BES committee
We are looking for Ordinary Members to join our Membership, Grants and Policy Committees.
Are you interested in helping create a world where nature and people thrive in a world inspired by ecology?
We would like to offer you the chance to help us deliver our strategic plan by taking up a voluntary leadership role on one of our Committees, providing an opportunity to work directly with our staff and a wider team of ecologists. As a committee member you will help make a major contribution to the Society and our diverse ecological community. In return, you are given access to unique opportunities to network, and influence the development of ecological research and activity.
We are currently looking for members to join our Membership Committee and Grants Committee. If you’d like to get involved in the running of the BES, by finding the best ways to serve our members and develop the Society’s grants portfolio, then apply today!
We are a UK-based society with members from over 120 countries, united by a passion for understanding nature an how it enriches our world and our lives. The Committee maintains the development and implementation of our membership benefits and services. We also manage the retention of current members and acquisition of new members. We explore ways of improving our membership experience and expanding the reach of the society. We also work closely with the editor of the membership magazine, The Niche, and other teams within the society to ensure we are engaging with our members in the best possible ways.
How to apply
If you would like to help the BES expand our community, then apply to be part of our Committee! We are looking for new members from all career stages, particularly early career, to start in January 2020.
Committee members are expected to attend up to three meetings per year at the BES head office in London. Remote attendance is possible, but attendance in person is encouraged for at least one meeting per year. In addition, committee members support the work of the Society throughout the year, when necessary, mainly via email. Travel expenses are reimbursed for all meetings.
Please send a short CV (no more than two pages), and a one-page statement outlining your interest in a particular role to Grace@britishecologicalsociety.org by Friday 31 January at 17:00 (GMT).
Arron Watson, Membership Committee
“I would highly recommend being on a committee.”
“I look back and realise that the thought of being on a committee was quite daunting as postgraduate student. I thought my voice may not mean as much as someone who has been with the society a lot longer. However, I realised quite quickly that I have a voice and can contribute as much as anyone else.”
This is a great opportunity to be part of the Committee integral to developing the Society’s grants portfolio. The Society provides grants to promote excellent ecological research, support early career ecologists, help fund training and travel, and to communicate ecological science as widely as possible. In recent years, over £350,000 per annum has been awarded globally through the various society grants. Please see our website for more details on the individual grant types.
Grants Committee is directly involved in the decision-making process for the grants received by the BES, alongside comments provided by our Review College. It is also responsible for setting the annual budget, reviewing the strategic aims of the committee and ensuring the needs of the ecological community are being met.
Membership of the committee is for 3 years and can be renewed for an additional 3 to 6 years. The committee meets twice a year to discuss applications; in April and early November; you will be required to read over grant applications prior to these meetings. The next meeting is due to take place in April 2020, at the BES Head Office in London, and all reasonable travel expenses and subsistence are reimbursed.
How to apply
Applicants should send a short CV (no more than 2 pages) and a brief summary outlining your area of expertise and how you will contribute to the committee. We are considering members from all areas of expertise but would like to encourage individuals with an interest in:
- Social Ecology (e.g. people and nature)
- Environmental Economics
- Ecosystem Sciences
- Natural Capital
All applications and any further queries should be sent to the BES Grants & Events Officer, Siri McDonnell, by 17:00 (GMT) Friday 31 January.
Coleen Suckling, previous Grants Committee Member
“I was really excited to join the Grants Committee. I wanted to be able to give back to the BES, a professional society which has been important in my career progression. Moreover, I wanted to learn more about how grant applications are processed, but this experience has provided me with much more than this.
The team is extremely friendly and fun to work with. I have learned much from their expert opinions helping me to become a more rounded ecologist. Additionally, effective administrative and chairing styles have had some influence on the way I manage work at my home institute.
Being part of this Committee has given me much better insight into how a large Society is structured and organised and increased my awareness of their activities. If you’re an ecologist looking for more opportunities then I highly recommend joining this committee.”
Now is an exciting and challenging time to influence environmental policy. The British Ecological Society (BES) is looking to recruit up to three new Policy Committee members who are committed to generating, communicating and promoting ecological knowledge and solutions.
The remit of the Policy Committee is to develop and oversee the delivery of the Society’s policy work. We promote policymaking informed by ecological science, with the potential to provide environmentally sustainable solutions to societal challenges whilst improving the economy and human wellbeing.
As a committee member, you will help to shape and deliver a key part of the Society’s mission and vision: Communicating the value of ecological knowledge to policymakers and promoting evidence-informed solutions. Supporting members to engage with policymaking and bringing together their expertise to make the best evidence available to decision-makers.
Who are we looking for?
There are up to three spaces available, one of which is reserved for an early career researcher (up to five years’ experience post-PhD). We are considering members from all areas of ecology but would like to encourage individuals with specific expertise in:
- Environmental economics
- International conservation
- Social science
- Climate change
Term of office
Membership of the committee is for 3 years and can be renewed for an additional 3 to 6 years. Committee members are expected to attend up to three meetings per year at the BES head office in London. Remote attendance is possible, but attendance in person is encouraged for at least one meeting per year. In addition, committee members support the work of the Society throughout the year, when necessary, mainly via email. Travel expenses are reimbursed for all meetings.
How to apply
Applicants should send a short CV (no more than 2 pages) and a brief summary outlining your area of expertise and how you will contribute to the committee. All applications and any further queries should be sent to the Policy Manager, Brendan Costelloe, by 23:59 (GMT) 7 February.
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