16-18 Summer School

Our summer school for biologists, aspiring ecologists aged 16-18 and their teachers.

16-18 Summer School

The BES are currently not running the 16 – 18 Summer School in it’s previous format whilst we have focussed on integrating a teachers programme into the Undergraduate Summer School. The BES 16-18 Summer School was a successful week long residential field experience for students studying sciences at A-level, Scottish Higher and other similar qualifications. We are continuing to seek initiatives for 16 – 18s and are interested in potential opportunities to collaborate. Please get in touch with Amy Padfield, Head of Professional Development, if you are interested in discussing opportunities further.

Here’s what happened in 2019: Our programme for the week was delivered by ecologists across a breadth of ecological disciplines and we are very grateful for all their time, effort and inspiration.


Tarnwatch was a chance for students to share their stories about their learning during each day, recorded and broadcast live each night.  We are immensely grateful to the Open University who worked with students all week to produce the nightly broadcast and all students and speakers who contributed their time to the 2019 summer school and it’s broadcast.

You can watch below or via our Youtube channel.

Thursday 25th July:

On Thursday, students headed out to the caves and spent time working with CIEEM on environmental management.


Wednesday 24th July:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students considered microbial and mammalian ecology alongside conservation biology.


Tuesday 23rd July:

On Monday and Tuesday this week, Our students shared their thoughts on global challenges and explored the role of terrestrial and aquatic entomology.