Key dates for BES2024

Keep a note of the following key dates so that you’re prepared for BES2024.

Each year our Annual Meeting attracts over 1200 delegates and provides opportunities to meet new colleagues, develop your career, learn new skills, and share your science with the global ecological community.

We’re currently in the process of planning, but here are some key dates to keep in mind so that you don’t miss the chance to contribute and attend.

Call for Thematic Session and Workshop Proposals

Please keep an eye out on your emails and social media for updates. We have now launched the call for Thematic and Workshop proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday 17 May at 17:00 (BST).

What is a thematic session?

Thematic sessions complement the contributed scientific programme of our Annual Meeting by providing a forum for the exploration of particular timely, innovative, and important questions in ecology, and for highlighting the integration of disciplines. They are an important opportunity for members of the community to shape the programme of the Annual Meeting. Organisers of thematic sessions will be expected to organise the speakers and agenda.

What is a workshop?

Workshops are interactive sessions that encourage networking, skills development, and creative thinking. 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)

Workshops add significant structure to the meeting, offering access to aspects of ecology not found in posters or oral presentations.

Call for abstracts: Talks and Posters

We expect to open abstract submissions in early/mid July 2024 with the deadline in early September 2024.

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


Whether you are presenting or attending everyone will need to register for the Annual meeting.

Early Bird Registration will open in early/mid July 2024 and end in late October. General registration will close mid November 2024.

BES2024: Liverpool

We are delighted to be returning to ACC Liverpool for the BES Annual Meeting which is due to take place in December 2024.

Please keep an eye out for updates and we hope that you’ll be joining us, whether that’s online or in person.