BES Aquatic Group 2019 Conference

Join the BES Aquatic Group for their Annual Meeting, where the programme includes an ECR workshop, great freshwater and marine talks, and time for socialising.

A top down view of a coral reef

At this year’s Aquatic SIG Annual Meeting we have a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers with expertise across and beyond aquatic realms. World-leading aquatic ecologists will discuss their recent findings and priorities for future research which will, as always, spark interesting discussions.

Confirmed talks and speakers:

  • Predicting multiple predator interactions through prey ontogeny, Mike McCoy, East Carolina University
  • Microplastics in the Southern Ocean, Cath Waller, University of Hull
  • Food webs, foraging biology and multiple threats to ecosystems: why mechanism mattersAndrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield
  • Understanding the impacts of global change on aquatic food webs and ecosystem processes: how functional indicators can helpFrank Burdon, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Developing new paradigms for protecting freshwater biodiversity: how the Freshwater Habitats Trust uses evidence to guide its practical conservation workJeremy Biggs, Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Environmental DNA: Changing the power and pace of aquatic biodiversity assessment, Kat Bruce, Nature Metrics
  • Eco-evolutionary impacts of land use on aquatic communities, Our Early Career Award winner; Vincent Fugère, McGill University


Thursday 5 September: R Workshop: Using the tidyverse for data manipulation, R markdown and reproducible code with Dr Andrew Beckerman (University of Sheffield); followed by a session on non-academic careers.

Friday 6 September: Our annual meeting with great talks, a chance to present your own research as a lightning talk, and networking opportunities.

2019 BESAG ECR’s Award Winner

Are you an outstanding ECR with no more than 5 years’ experience post-PhD, and working in a relevant area of marine and/or freshwater ecology?

If you don’t hold a permanent academic position, you can apply for our ECR award. Email Michelle Jackson ( before 12 July 2019 with a summary CV (no more than two pages) and a cover letter stating your main achievements and what you will present (1 page max).

The winner will receive the award at the BESAG annual meeting and will be invited to present their research in a keynote talk as part of the annual meeting (expenses are covered!)

Lightning talks

If you would like to present a 5-minute lightning talk, please send a short abstract to Michelle Jackson ( by 12 July 2019. Abstracts should be a max of 200 words.


Registration is still open.

Register here