Abstract Submission

The Call for Abstracts for BES2023 is now closed.

Decisions on all submitted abstracts were sent on Thursday 28 September. Those accepted will now need to register for the event by 17:00 (BST), Thursday 26 October in order to confirm their place in the programme.

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

If you have any questions about abstract submission, please get in touch.


Abstracts are submitted online and should be no longer than 150 words. All presentations have equal status, so there is no difference in the standing of oral or poster presentations.

Our Annual Meeting is highly popular, and we want to ensure as many delegates can present as possible, therefore please do not submit more than one abstract per presenter.

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 it will also help for searchability on the conference app. Please do not use full caps for your title or abstract.

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 Student Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission. There will be prizes for both in-person and online presentations.

We would like to thank PR Statistics for providing the top prize, a £500 voucher for one of their statistical courses focused on various aspects of ecology.


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 below.

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