Launch event: Future of ecological research in the UK

Join the launch event for two important reports examining the funding of ecological research and setting a research agenda for the next 25 years.

Thursday 23 March 14:00 – 15:30 UK time
Free and open to all

Join us for the online launch event for two landmark reports from the British Ecological Society.

The reports examine the funding of ecological research over the past decade and more and set a research agenda for the next 25 years

With the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, an ecological understanding of the world has never been more pivotal to the future of humanity and all life on Earth.

  • The Future of Ecological Research in the UK report offers a vision for ecological research over the next 25 years, identifying five priority themes to advance our understanding of the natural world.
  • The Trends in UK Funding for Ecology report analyses the funding available for ecological research in the UK, identifying disparities with other research sectors and highlighting how funding shortfalls could undermine the ability of ecological research to benefit society.

Presented by broadcaster and journalist Gaia Vince, leading ecologists and authors of the reports will take you through the key recommendations and answer your questions.

Register to join on Zoom

You can ask questions of the speakers and receive reminders for the event by registering for free to join the event live on Zoom.

All those registering will receive the Zoom link in good time before the event.

Registration is now closed. You can still watch the webinar on our YouTube channel without registering via the link below.


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The event will be broadcast live on our freely available YouTube channel. You don’t have to register to join.

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  • Yadvinder Malhi, BES President and Professor of Ecosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Bridget Emmett, BES President-Elect and Head of Soils and Land Use at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Rosie Hails, Nature and Science Director at the National Trust
  • Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity and Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative and Agile Initiative at the University of Oxford
  • Nick Harvey Sky, Policy Officer at the British Ecological Society
Speakers at the Future of Ecology launch event
Yadvinder, Bridget, Rosie, Nathalie and Nick (top left to bottom right)