Call for workshops

We are now welcoming submissions for workshops, which will feature in the programme for Ecology Across Borders, our joint Annual Meeting with the French Society of Ecology and Evolution (SFE²)

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

  1. Ticketed longer pre-conference workshops (up to 4 hours) on the afternoon of Sunday 12 December.
  2. 1-hour workshops over the lunch break on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 December.

Structure

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. 

In line with the spirit of Ecology Across Borders, we would like to encourage submissions where there are strong collaborations across institutions and countries.

Application Process

Proposals for workshops must be completed on the form at the bottom of this page and include the following: 

  • Proposed title of the worshop
  • Name(s) and email address(es) of the session organiser(s)
  • Activities, discussion, or training relating to ecological research or conservation 
  • A need/benefit for the target audience 
  • How the audience will be engaged in activities/discussion 
  • Training facilitators with experience of running successful workshops 
  • The desired duration of the workshop and justification of workshop length 
  • Steps taken to ensure that the proposal reflects the diversity of the ecological community

Workshops using creative formats and professional facilitators are particularly welcome and we are happy to discuss unconventional ideas for workshops. 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 workshops, but encourage organisers to consider sponsorship opportunities if funding is needed. If funding is required for a professional facilitator, please get in touch to discuss.

An academic review panel will assess all submissions as part of a competitive selection process.

Please submit your workshop application, using the form below, to the Events Team by 17:00 (BST), Wednesday 26 May. 

Coronavirus

We continue to follow the latest government advice regarding the coronavirus outbreak and how this might affect our joint Annual Meeting. As it stands, we are continuing to make plans for an in-person event whilst exploring additional online elements.

We will consider online sessions for those that are not able to attend the event in person. Proposals will first be agreed based on their merit and we will then be in touch with successful workshop organisers to discuss formats in more detail.

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. The diversity of workshop organisers and speakers is therefore a key criteria used when assessing workshop submissions.