Joint 2014 Annual Meeting
British Ecological Society and Société Française d’Ecologie
9 – 12 December, Grand Palais, Lille, France


The British Ecological Society and the French Ecology Society are pleased to invite you to Lille for a joint conference which will bring together for the first time ecologists of our two countries. The aim of the conference will promote exchanges and debates on major advances in scientific ecology, and strengthen cooperation between the French and British researchers of tomorrow.

You can download a PDF version of the programme of presentations here, but please use our app for more detailed talk and poster information.

La British Ecological Society et la Société Française d’Ecologie sont heureuses de vous convier à Lille pour un colloque conjoint qui réunira pour la première fois les écologues de nos deux pays. L’objectif du colloque sera de promouvoir échanges et débats sur les principales avancées de l’écologie scientifique, et de renforcer la coopération entre les chercheurs français et britanniques de demain.

The meeting will be held on 9 – 12 December at the Grand Palais, Lille, France. Lille is the largest city in French Flanders; it is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in France after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. The city is situated on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium and is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the prefecture of the Nord department.

It was the European Capital of Culture in 2004 and has a wide array of architectural styles, strongly influenced by Flemish design. There are many places of interest, including Lille Cathedral, the Citadel of Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille and the Jardin botanique Nicolas Boulay botanical garden. The latter is one of three botanical gardens in Lille, the others being the Jardin des Plantes de Lille and the Jardin botanique de la Faculté de Pharmacie at the Université de Lille 2.

The Société Française d’Ecologie is a non-profit organization, established in 1968, of some 400 practicing ecologists and evolutionary biologists throughout France. The SFE’s activities include promoting ecological and evolutionary research in France through the organisation and sponsorship of workshops and symposia, the funding of student grant schemes, the recognition of outstanding contributions to scientific advancement through various prizes, and the facilitation of communication between the research community, the general public and decision-makers.

The British Ecological Society was established in 1913 making it the oldest ecological learned society in the world. One hundred years later and we are a truly international Society with  almost 5,000 members in 80 different countries. The BES’s many activities include the publication of a range of scientific literature, including five internationally renowned journals, the organisation and sponsorship of a wide variety of meetings, the funding of numerous grant schemes and far-reaching education and policy work.

Meeting Outline and Symposia

We are very pleased to present our Meeting Outline 2014. There will be exciting plenaries, parallel sessions, social events, and our selected symposia (see below).

The full programme is now available to view online via the BES-SFE Joint Annual Meeting App. You can download a PDF version of the presentations here, but please use our app for more detailed talk and poster information.

The meeting will consist of 12 parallel oral sessions covering a wide breadth of topics; these have now been scheduled in our Oral Session Overview.

Download our Annual Meeting poster and share with your friends and colleagues.

Plenary Speakers

Anne Larigauderie

Dr. Anne Larigauderie received her Master’s Degree in molecular biology from the University of Toulouse, France, and her PhD in plant ecology, from the CNRS in Montpellier. In February 2014 she became the first Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She previously was the Executive Director of DIVERSITAS, the international scientific programme dedicated to biodiversity science, under the auspices of ICSU, and UNESCO. In 2010, she was made “Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French Government.

Pedro Jordano

Pedro Jordano is currently associated to the Integrative Ecology Group, a young research team in the Estación Biológica de Doñana, a research institute of the Spanish CSIC.
He also participates in several university courses, within the PhD and graduate programs at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (where he is the director of the Master Course “Biodiversidad y Biología de la Conservación”) and Universidad de Sevilla, both in Sevilla city, teaching themes on evolution, coevolution, plant-animal interactions, conservation genetics, and statistical analysis with R package. He chairs the Spanish panel for the National Research Plan, program of Biodiversity, Ecology and Global Change, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and the Starting Grants panel at the European Research Council.

Camille Parmesan

Professor Camille Parmesan’s research focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field-based work on butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes.  She works actively with governmental agencies and NGOs to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. Parmesan has received numerous scientific awards, including being ranked the second most highly cited author in the field of Climate Change from 1999-2009 by Thomson Reuters Web of Science, being named the “2013 Distinguished Scientist” by the Texas Academy of Sciences, and named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. She was awarded the Conservation Achievement Award in Science by the National Wildlife Federation, named “Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change,” by IUCN, and named as a “Who’s Who of Women and the Environment” by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). She has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for more than 15 years, and is a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC in 2007. Dr. Parmesan is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin with her primary affiliation being the Marine Institute, Plymouth University, where she holds the National Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health.


GrrlScientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour  in white-crowned sparrows. She then was a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. She writes the popular eponymous science blog hosted by The Guardian (UK), writes programs for BirdNote Radio (Seattle), and is writing a popular science book about plumage colour. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots — and a slightly deaf spouse — in Frankfurt, Germany.

Symposia Titles:

Accelerating ecology and biodiversity research via ecometagenomics: species, communities, and environmental DNA

Simon Creer, University of Bangor, UK
Holly Bik, University of California, USA
W. Kelley Thomas, University of New Hampshire, USA
Dorota Porazinska, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Biological impacts of climate change: Reconciling macro-scale patterns with local-scale processes

Richard Pearson, University College London, UK
Blake Suttle, Imperial College London and Grantham Institute, UK

Eco-evolutionary feedbacks: theoretical and empirical perspectives

Florence Débarre, University of Exeter, UK
François Massol, CNRS, Lille, France

Ménage à trois: ecological consequences of intricate interactions between plants, microbes and insects

Enric Frago, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Arjen Biere, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands

Ecological Implications of Tree Diseases

Ruth Mitchell, The James Hutton Institute, UK

Ecological networks: from descriptions to predictions

Timothée Poisot, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Sonia Kéfi, Université Montpellier, France
Daniel B. Stouffer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Extending freshwater management beyond shorelines by linking aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Andrew J. Tanentzap, University of Cambridge, UK

Genomics in marine monitoring: New opportunities for assessing marine health status

Matthias Obst, Göteborg University, Sweden
Elisabeth Paymal, Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB), France

Pan-European Parasite Ecology: Linking Early-Career Researchers

Jon Bielby Zoological Society of London, UK, BES Parasite and Pathogen Special Interest Group
Inês Fontes, The Natural History Museum, UK, BES Parasite and Pathogen Special Interest Group

Reforming and implementing the Common Agricultural Policy, the role of science and the need to understand policy-making

Piero Visconti, Microsoft Research Computational Ecology lab, UK.
Tim Graham, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, UK and BES Conservation Ecology Group
Andras Baldi, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungary
Guy Pe ‘er, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany


Wednesday Workshop
Fit for purpose: are EU policies delivering for nature? (BES Policy Team)
The field guide to predictive methods in ecology (Computational SIG)
‘Practical issues in Peatland restoration’ – Case study 1: Thorne Moors and the Humberhead Levels. (Peatlands SIG)
Doing and funding effective public engagement (BES Education Team)
Predictive biogeography – forecasting invasive corridors and risk zones for conservation and management of natural resources (Hannu Saarenmaa / Yuliya Fetyukova)
Using digital technologies in the field, or Best Field Apps (BES Education Team)
The calibration and evaluation of Individual Based Models using Approximate Bayesian Computation (Richard Sibly and Elske van de Vaart)
Treating your data right: managing research data in ecology and evolution (BES Publications Team)
Thursday Workshops
Ecosystem assessments – concepts, tools and governance (Aletta Bonn, Stephan Klotz (EEF))
‘Practical issues in peatland restoration’ – Case study 2: The New Forest peatlands. (Peatlands SIG)
Reaching different audiences with your research (BES Publications Team)
Modelling ecosystems on-line – data-model fusion and predicting/quantifying ecosystem service consequences of various land use and climate change scenarios (Ferenc Horvath)
An Introduction to Range Shifter: A platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species responses to environmental changes (Justin Travis)
Macroecology meets macroevolution: evolutionary dynamics of niches over phylogenies (Saverio Vicario)
Planning projects for impact and change in the real world (Agricultural SIG)