Aquatic Ecology Annual Meeting

Join the Aquatic Ecology SIG for workshops, keynote presentations and lightning talks on the latest marine and freshwater research.

The 2022 BES Aquatic Ecology Group meeting will take place on 12 – 13 September 2022 at St Catherine’s College in Oxford. Online attendance is available on the second day, 13 September.

The meeting promises a fantastic line-up of inspirational keynote speakers working on both freshwater and marine ecosystems. Our speakers will present on recent findings and future priorities and stimulate interesting discussions. We actively encourage students and ECRs to attend and consider presenting a lightning talk, taking part in practical sessions on mapping in R and academic mental health, and networking with their peers.

Keynote speakers

  • Tom Hart, University of Oxford
  • Cristina Santin Nuño, Swansea University
  • Emma Cavan, Imperial College London
  • Christian R Voolstra, University of Konstanz
  • Carolina Trochine, Universitat Central de Catalunya
  • Elena Litchman, Michigan State University

Provisional programme

Monday 12 September, 10:00 – 17:00

  • R workshop on mapping with Phil Taylor
  • Mental health workshop

Tuesday 13 September, 9:00 – 17:30

  • ECR lighting talks
  • Keynote talks

Lightning talks

If you are an Early Career Researcher and would like to share your research at the meeting, you can submit an abstract to present a lightning talk. The length of your talk should be three minutes, with an additional two minutes reserved for questions.

To present, please send your title and an abstract of a maximum of 150 words to by Monday 15 August 2022. Please include your career stage and the institution you are affiliated with in the message.

ECR award

We will be awarding free attendance to one Early Career Researcher to join the meeting and give a keynote presentation. The ECR award is kindly provided by Global Change Biology, who will also offer dedicated editor support and advice to the winning ECR when submitting a paper to the journal.

To be considered for the award, submit nominations of self or peer (no more than 1 side A4) and a summary CV (1 side A4) to by Friday 19 August 2022.


Registration closes at 9:00 (BST) on Friday 19 August 2022. Tickets are available to attend either on both days or day 2 only. Virtual tickets are available to day 2.

In-person registration

Days 1 and 2

  • BES student member: £80
  • BES non-student member: £120
  • Non-member student: £120
  • Non-member non-student: £160

Day 2 only

  • BES student member: £45
  • BES non-student member: £65
  • Non-member: £85

Online registration

Day 2 only

  • BES student member: £25
  • BES non-student member: £35
  • Non-member: £50

If you are interested in becoming a BES member to purchase the BES member rate ticket, you can find out more information and join here. Membership starts from £24, or you can get 12-months free membership if you are an undergraduate, masters, or first year PhD student.