Careers Conferences

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BES Undergraduate Careers Conference

The Undergraduate Careers Conference takes place at varying locations across the UK each year. The aim of the event is to both inform and excite students about the career choices available to them in ecology. The Conference attracts around 80 undergraduates, recent graduates and some postgraduates.

Each year a number of undergraduate students are recruited to assist in organising the conference, helping to confirm the programme, speakers and promote ticket sales. Applications for 2020 student helpers will open in Autumn.


The 2020 Undergraduate Careers Conference is taking place on Wednesday 5th February 2020, 9.30am-4pm, in the Department of Environmental and Geography, University of York.

Important information about the Coronavirus: You may have heard that one of the two people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK is a student from the University of York. After discussions with the University, we are confident that the risk to conference delegates remains low and that it is business as usual at the university. If you have any concerns you can find out more here, or email

You can see the programme for the conference here. As well as finding out about the different ecological careers available, you will receive advice on how to pursue such careers and you will have the chance to participate in workshops related to these job roles.

Ticket are just £10, inclusive of booking fee, and can be purchased here. Your ticket will include refreshments and a light lunch. The conference is open to students from all universities.

How to get to the Department of Environment and Geography:

You can access York Station from a number of UK cities in under an hour and even more in less than 2 hours. From York Station, the ‘your bus 66’ runs every 7-8 minutes and take just 20 minutes to reach Campus West, where the Department of Environment and Geography is located. A day ticket is £3.20 and a single is £2. Alternatively, you can take a 35-40 minute walk to the Department. You can find more information on how to get there in this document.


The 2019 Undergraduate Careers Conference took place on Wednesday 20th February 2019 in the Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh. It was a sell-out event, attracting over 60 students from across Scotland and beyond. Delegates received advice and inspiration from a variety of speakers representing a breadth of sectors including science communication, policy and research.

Student testimonials:

“A thought provoking event with exposure to a variety of career opportunities.”

“Inspiring talks with useful information for my future.”

Bioscience Careers Day

The Royal Society of Biology Bioscience Careers Day takes place each year for approximately 400 students from across the UK. It is coordinated by the Royal Society of Biology along with the  Careers Committee.

The latest Bioscience Careers Day took place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Saturday 27th October. The BES attended with a stand and carried out the talk ‘Careers in the Field’. Presentations from this event can be found here: download presentations

How can we support your careers event?

The BES are able to supply careers resources and materials for individual careers conferences throughout the year. We are also able to provide speakers for your own careers conference if there is availability. If you are running a careers conference and would like the BES to have some input please get in touch with Christina Ravinet, Education Officer.