Aquatic Ecology Meeting 2023

This year the Aquatic Ecology SIG will be getting together in Lancaster for their annual meeting. Aquatic ecologists from across the board are invited to join, with both in-person and virtual tickets available.

The annual Aquatic Ecology Group meeting is a friendly and inclusive forum for sharing the latest marine and freshwater research and networking in a small symposium setting. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and students are warmly welcomed.

This year, the event will be hosted at Lancaster University, in partnership with Lancaster Environment Centre.

The first day of the meeting will be an in-person only training workshop on the use of machine learning approaches for ecological data analysis. The workshop is specifically aimed at ECRs.

The second day will be a hybrid conference with keynote presentations from world-leading invited speakers. We will hear from the outstanding 2023 ECR award winner (sponsored by Global Change Biology) and there will be an opportunity for attendees to present lightning talks.

There will also be an outing to look at and discuss the ecology of ponds, using the waterbodies on Lancaster University campus.


Please follow the link below to register. The range of tickets includes one-day, two-day and virtual options.

Registration deadline: Midday 12:00 (BST), 4 September 2023.

Register here

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 £25, or you can get 12 months free membership if you are an undergraduate, masters, or first year PhD student.

Abstract submission

If you’re an Early Career Researcher and would like to show your research at this meeting, you can submit an abstract for a lightning talk by emailing an abstract of up to 150 words and the title of your talk to

Please state your career stage and the institution you are affiliated with in the message.

Each talk should be three minutes long, with an additional two minutes reserved for questions.

Meet the speakers!

Prof Ivana Buj, a specialist in population and conservation genetics at the University of Zagreb.

Prof Lisette de Senerpont-Domis, Professor in Smart Ecological Monitoring of Aquatic Systems working at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Prof Stephanie Hampton, Deputy Director Biosphere Sciences & Engineering at Carnegie Science.

Prof Jason Hall-Spencer, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth.

Dr David Jacoby, Lecturer in Zoology at Lancaster University.

Dr Maria Cuenca-Cambronero, postdoc in freshwater ecology at the Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya.


Rooms are available for delegates at Lancaster University and can be booked here. Please use the code AESIG when you book.

Event communication

Keep an eye on our Twitter account (@BES_AquaEco) and mailing list (details on how to join here) for news about #BESAG2023

Code of conduct

The BES code of conduct can be found online at the link below.

Code of Conduct

If you have any queries about this event, please contact