Careers Programme at our annual meeting

Our careers development events and activities and resources before during and after the BES annual meeting.

Careers Development Programme at the BES Annual meeting

The British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ) and NecoV held a joint Annual Meeting, 11 – 14 December 2017, in Ghent, Belgium.

Planning has started for the careers programme 2018. Please do drop us a line either through #BESCareers or email to Amy Padfield if you have any suggestions, spotted any gaps in the programme or just want to get more involved.

In December 2016 the ACC in Liverpool hosted a programme of career events open to everyone, regardless of their career stage. The programme covered the following areas:

Women in science:  Open to all those involved in or interested in our women in ecology mentoring schemes.

Speakers and panellists

Dr Rona McGill
Dr Jenni McDonald
Dr Katherine Roberts
Dr Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley


Managing an Interdisciplinary Career: Open to everyone working in interdisciplinary fields, this panel discussion offered insights and an opportunity to share experiences, along with a chance to talk to us about how the BES can support members working in these fields.

Speakers and Panellists

Dr Tom August
Dr Iain Stott
Dr Tom Ezard
Dr Regan Early


Moving into leadership roles:  Open to everyone on the cusp of or seeking promotion and building on the BES Webinar “ Moving into leadership roles” the panel took questions and offered their advice on a breadth of career steps they’ve taken to reach leadership roles.

Speakers and Panellists: Chaired by Will Gosling

Prof Diana Wall
Dr Aletta Bonn
Prof Steve Albon
Prof Mike Begon


Building Support networks: Aimed at those undertaking their first post doctoral position, this session offered a chance to network with others in the same position and identify and discuss sources of support and mentoring.

Early Career Grant Writing workshop:  On 7th November 2016 the BES ran a workshop for Early Career Researchers on grant writing.  The workshop had limited capacity and many people were not able to attend.  This review was open to all Early Career researchers and briefly covered the highlights of the workshop.

Speakers and Panellists

Dr Josephine Walker
Dr Iain Stott


Career options outside of academia: Open to ecologists of all ages and stages this panel discussion discussed the breadth of career options  outside of academia and offered participants an opportunity to question our panel representing NGO’s, Business, Science communication and Consultancy.

Speakers and panellists

Natural England Pete Brotherton
Environment Agency Frances Attwood
Nature Simon Harold
Environment Systems Katie Medcalf
Scottish Government Sandra Marks
Natural Power Michael Shrewring


Becoming an Associate Editor:  A chance to chat to our Associate Editors from the BES journals.  This was a great opportunity to find out what it’s like to be an Associate Editor and to ask advice on how to become one.

Speakers and Panellists:  Chuck Fox (chair) Senior Editor, Functional Ecology, Steph Januchowski-Hartley –Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology , Luca Borger –Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Jane Catford –Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology