Abstract Submission

Share your science at the largest and most welcoming ecology conference in Europe.

Abstract submission is now closed.

The vast majority of talks and poster presentations for the Annual Meeting are selected from this open call to maximise the opportunities for delegates to present their research. For this reason, we also limit submissions to one abstract per person.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts for talks and posters are submitted online and should be no longer than 150 words. At the BES Annual Meeting all presentations have equal status, so there is no difference in the standing of oral or poster presentations.

The title of your presentation should ideally include the organism and/or system of study and the key message of the research. This will help us identify the best session for your presentation. Please do not use full caps for your title or abstract.

If you choose to present a poster, you will be given the option to give an additional 1-minute ‘lightning talk’ to promote it. The lightning talks are your chance to convince delegates to visit your poster – you have 1 minute and 1 slide (optional) to be as creative as you wish! The lightning talks will be scheduled in the oral parallel sessions relevant to the topic of your poster, ensuring you have the ideal audience.

You can also submit an abstract to present your poster using an interactive e-poster screen – there will be a restricted number of interactive poster screens at the Annual Meeting and all presenters must give a lightning talk.

Oral presentations must contain results and conclusions. They cannot just describe a new study or work in progress.

Student Prizes

If you wish to be considered for our Student Talk or Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission.

Thematic Sessions

Thematic Sessions only include presentations from invited speakers. If you are an invited speaker, you will receive a separate email with a unique link to upload your abstract. Please do not use the public link.


Extended abstract submission deadline is 17:00 (BST), Friday 13 September.

You may edit your abstract online until 17:00 (BST), Friday 13 September.

To guarantee your place in the programme, every abstract submitter must complete Annual Meeting registration by 17:00 (BST), Friday 18 October. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date.

Please register for the meeting with the same email used to submit your abstract.

If you have any questions about abstract submission, please contact Amy Everard.

Topics and Sub-Topics

We have a two-tier classification for abstracts and sessions at our Annual Meeting. We will try to allocate your presentation to your first choice, but this is not always possible.

The first, TOPICS, classifies your work generally into major themes. These are intentionally broad, but please get in touch if you don’t think your area is represented.

The second, SUBTOPICS, qualifies your work using a set of key words that allow us to group similarly focused talks within sessions.


  • Agricultural Science and Policy
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Conservation Science and Policy
  • Ecosystem and Functional Ecology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Macroecology and Biogeography
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Nature and Humans
  • Palaeoecology
  • Parasites Pathogens or Wildlife Disease
  • Population Ecology
  • Soil Ecology and Plant-soil Interactions
  • Species Interactions
  • Theoretical or Computational Ecology
  • Other


  • Adaptation or Evolution
  • Animals
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Climate Change
  • Citizen Science
  • Communities
  • Competition, Mutualism or Facilitation
  • Demography or Life History
  • Dispersal or Movement
  • Distributions
  • Disturbance
  • Diversity (species or traits)
  • Dynamics
  • Ecosystem Processes or Function
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Food webs or Networks
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Functional Traits
  • Global Change
  • Habitats and Environments
  • Individuals
  • Interdisciplinary or Multidisciplinary
  • Invasive Species
  • Land-use
  • Long-term or Large-scale
  • Management
  • Methods, Models or Theory
  • Monitoring
  • Montane and Polar Systems
  • Nutrient Dynamics
  • Plants
  • Policy
  • Pollinators
  • Pollution or Other Stressors
  • Populations
  • Remote Sensing
  • Restoration
  • Science Communication
  • Sexual Selection or Reproduction
  • Species Interactions
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Tropical Systems
  • Urban Systems
  • Other