Our Regional Fund supports members who want to undertake public engagement activities within the UK.

Member Phil Donkersley engaging with a festival goer.

Our Regional Fund provides up to £1000 for activities that communicate ecology, we hope to build connections between researchers and diverse audiences. This can include digital events such as livestreams and podcasts.

Past awards have been provided for members to cover stand fees to attend festivals and events, to provide training in public engagement, and to fund internships to develop larger public engagement projects.

You can download our Regional Fund Guidance document for more information on activities we support. Primarily, activities must:

  • Support the wider BES strategy of sharing ecological research with wider audiences and discussing ecological issues with non-specialists
  • Be planned to take place within the UK
  • Be led by a member of the BES (you can become a member here)

To apply for funding, please download and complete our Regional Funding Application form. Applications are currently accepted throughout the year.

If you have ideas you wish to discuss before applying, please email Chris Jeffs.

The society also provides Outreach Grants of up to £2000 for activities that promote ecological science to public groups worldwide. To find out more please visit our Outreach Grants page.