Call for workshops

We are now inviting applications for workshops at the BES Annual Meeting 2022.

Workshops are interactive sessions that encourage networking, skills development, and creative thinking. There will be three types of workshops at Edinburgh:

  1. Limited 2-hour online-only workshops during the week of 12 – 16 December, or during the conference dates of Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 December
  2. Ticketed longer (up to 4 hours) pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of Sunday 18 December. These are in-person only.
  3. 1-hour lunchtime workshops on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December. These are in-person only.

Workshops must involve audience participation and usually address at least one of the following workshop categories:

  • Education, training, and methods
  • Communication, engagement, and outreach
  • Policy, conservation, and practical applications
  • Crossing disciplinary boundaries (incl. social sciences, arts)

Proposals consisting of a series of talks or presentations without audience participation will not be considered. For proposals of this nature please see our call for thematic sessions.

Workshops add significant structure to the meeting, offering access to aspects of ecology not found in posters or oral presentations. Examples include statistical training, policy debates, grant-writing, publishing, career development, and public engagement.

Workshops using creative formats are welcome. If you are unsure about feasibility, please get in touch with our Events Team well before the submission deadline.

Please note, we do not offer funding for thematic sessions, but encourage thematic organisers to consider sponsorship opportunities if funding is required.

All proposals will be evaluated by the BES Events Committee. The selection process is competitive, we receive more applications than we can cater for in the programme. Proposers will be notified of the outcome in July.

Creating an inclusive environment for ecologists

We are committed to promoting an inclusive ecological community and all workshop submissions must consider equality and diversity. Each proposal should be developed with the BES equality and diversity statement in mind and this will be considered as a criterion when scoring applications.

The organisers and speakers should reflect the diversity of the ecological community. Consider reaching out beyond your own networks and the usual suspects when selecting facilitators.

Consider the content of the session. Our Annual Meeting attracts academics, practitioners, and educators across all career stages and working across many disciplines, try to consider more than one audience when developing your workshop.

Please submit your workshop application, using the correct form at the bottom of this page, to the Events Team by 17:00 (BST), Friday 10 June.