Students Futures & Research Conference

The British Ecological Society is very excited to be collaborating with the Linnean Society to produce the first Student Futures & Research Conference in March 2021. This will act as a brilliant merger of the BES’ Undergraduate Careers Conference and the Linnean Society’s Student Conference for 2021.

In this two-day conference, undergraduate, Masters and PhD students of the natural sciences are invited to engage with this online experience, showcasing the variety of careers available to students like you, interacting and networking with your peers and beyond, and having open conversations about pathways into research.

Your £10 ticket will include an all-access pass to all talks, workshops and competitions, as well as a private Discord to facilitate open conversation between like-minded delegates and our speakers. Tickets will be available to book from mid-January 2021.

We have two exciting opportunities to assist with the development and content of the programme.

Apply to help organise the conference!

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Masters or PhD students in a subject related to natural history

We are currently looking for four students to play a key role in the organisation of this conference. Click here for more information and to apply – deadline is the end of Monday 14th December 2020.

Apply to share your research & journey!

Eligibility: PhD students, or Masters doing research projects, from any University in the UK and Ireland.

This is an unusually-relaxed opportunity for you to share your research project with our audience of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students (and anyone else who might come along!).

After giving an 12ish minute talk about your topic, the host will talk to you informally about your journey into research, about any challenges you have faced, overcame, or still struggle with.

The intention of this exercise is to provide our speakers with an opportunity to grow in their ability to communicate with broad audiences on an accessible level, and also to provide our audience with an opportunity to engage with researchers in a more human way, facilitated by an interactive environment where advice can be shared and networks can be formed.

Prizes will be given for a variety of reasons including and beyond that of a normal student conference, e.g. Best Advice Given, Most Interactive Speaker.

All selected speakers will attend the full conference free of charge and have the opportunity to participate in engagement training before the conference. Apply here!