Submissions are now closed for workshops at our 2023 Annual Meeting in Belfast.

Application information

Applications to host a workshop at BES2023 are now closed.

All proposals will now be evaluated by the BES Events Committee. Please note that the selection process is competitive, and we receive more applications than we can accommodate in the programme.

Workshops at BES2023

Workshops are interactive sessions that encourage networking, skills development, and creative thinking. We are now accepting submissions for two types of workshops at Edinburgh:

  1. Ticketed longer (up to 4 hours) pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of Tuesday 12 December.
  2. 1-hour lunchtime workshops on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December.

Please note that all workshop proposals should be planned as in-person sessions.

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)

We particularly welcome workshop proposals with a creative dimension or with a focus on practical skills.

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.

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.

Please note that the BES cannot cover registration and attendance expenses for workshop organisers or speakers. Organisers may seek external funding or sponsorship opportunities if additional funding is required. A limited number of conference grants will also open for applications later in the year.

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. Please consider multiple dimensions of diversity. 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.