Undergraduate Ecological Careers Conference 


The Undergraduate Careers Conference took place on Monday 12th February 2018 in Charles Darwin House, Central London.

The aim of the event is to both inform and excite students interested in ecology about the career choices available to them.

There were presentations from speakers in a range of different ecological careers including plenaries from the University of Nottingham’s Dr David Feary—a specialist in marine ecology, and April Windle—a Zoology graduate and Trainee of the Natural History Museum’s ‘Identification Trainers for the Future’.

Each year the BES have student helpers who work with us to organise the conference. If you would like to know more about this opportunity for 2019 please get in touch with Amy Padfield.


The 2017 Careers Conference took place at Charles Darwin House, central London. This included plenaries from BES President Sue Hartley, and forensic entomologist Amoret Whitaker. Like the previous year, it was jam-packed with presentations and panel discussions with speakers from policy, science communication, not for profit and consultancy. There was an exciting, interactive afternoon of expert careers advice from CIEEM and the BES Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Read the 2017 Undergraduate Careers Conference Programme.

Undergraduate Summer School 

Summer School 2017 was held at Dale Fort FSC centre in July. In 2018 the BES will be heading back to Malham Tarn. The school is aimed at undergraduates who are either in their 1st year at an English, Welsh or Irish (NI and Ireland) institution or in their 2nd year at a Scottish institution.

The Undergraduate Summer School is a jam packed five-day whirlwind tour of ecology full of lectures, excursions, lab work and tutorials. It provides an excellent opportunity to experience the breadth of ecology and network with professionals and peers.

Find out more about the Undergraduate Summer School here.

Top tips for a career in ecology

This single page pdf was produced after a series of careers conferences and provides a quick summary for undergraduates and recent graduates who are thinking about their next step.

You can download a copy for own use and are welcome to photocopy for your students.