Join ecologists and climate scientists at ‘Climate Science for Ecological Forecasting’

Ecologists and climate scientists will come together at the joint symposum Climate Science for Ecological Forecasting to form new collaborations to better inform the future of our planet. 

Cheetah in a Thunderstorm, Uwe Skrzypczak

As the climate crisis and ecological collapse deepen, there’s a need to combine the knowledge and efforts of ecologists and climate scientists. Only with this collaborative approach can we better understand the future of our planet and expedite the planning needed to protect people, species and ecosystems. 

Climate science and ecology are inextricably linked when we consider the feedback loops connecting the atmosphere and biosphere. Climate ultimately determines the abundance and distribution of species, and ecological processes regulate the physical cycles that affect atmospheric dynamics. An understanding of both disciplines is required if we are to effectively plan for the future of our planet.  

Unfortunately, in ecological forecasting, climate dynamics are oversimplified, and within weather and climate models, ecological processes are often distilled down to a mere steppingstone in climate cycles. Why is this the case? Ecology and climate science are both complex disciplines in their own right, leaving their respective scientists’ little space to fully master the other field. These issues could be hindering potentially planet-saving research, the solution: interdisciplinary collaboration.  

In recognition of this, the British Ecological Society, in collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Society, are hosting Climate Science for Ecological Forecasting, taking place 11 – 12 May 2022, in London, UK. 

The symposium will include invited keynote addresses, as well as talks and posters from an open call, covering key topics on progress in ecological forecasting to date and exploring ways in which climate science could ignite novel research.   

The conference will be highly interactive with guided break-out sessions and discussion panels, and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking, discussion and idea generation.

There are several packages available for sponsorship and exhibition. This is a great opportunity to showcase your organisation and network at an international and interdisciplinary conference.

Registration and abstract submission will open later this year, but for now, save the date for this exciting joint event and watch out for keynote speaker announcements, coming soon! 

‘I am delighted that the British Ecological Society will be working with the Royal Meteorological Society for ‘Climate Science for Ecological Forecasting.’ This timely conference will be truly interdisciplinary, bringing together climate scientists and ecologists to discuss key topics, identify opportunities for stronger interaction, and form collaborations for the future.’

Professor Jane Memmott, BES President

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11 – 12 May 2022
Coin Street Conference Centre
London, UK

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