Join a committee
Are you interested in helping create a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology?
If so, we would like to offer you the chance to help us deliver our strategic plan by taking up a voluntary leadership role. Joining a committee will give you the ability to work directly with our paid staff, and a wider team of ecologists. You will need a commitment to us and the ability to inspire and lead.
As a committee member you will help make a major contribution to the Society and our diverse ecological community. In return, you are given access to unique opportunities to network, and influence the development of ecological research and activity. We would not be able to operate without the significant amount of time dedicated to us by committees, and would like to say thank you to all members involved. Please email Hazel Norman, our Executive Director, if you are interested in joining a committee.
Now open: Call for new members of the Meetings, Membership and Publications Committees
Would you like to get involved in the running of the British Ecological Society? You can help make sure we publish the best ecological science, serve our members well and run the best conferences.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees helps run our Society, and gets involved in all our activities. Our members are nominated and elected annually by the membership at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, which is held in association with the Annual Meeting every December. If you are interested in joining our Board, please check our ‘Vacancies’ page for any opportunities.
If you would like to know more about being a Board member you are very welcome to contact our Executive Director, Hazel Norman.
Chair: Richard Bardgett, President
Training & Careers Committee
This Committee is responsible for curriculum development at all levels of formal education including educational development projects, development and publication of teaching materials and production of careers advice.
Chair: Will Gosling
This develops policy options within finance and internal affairs as well as monitoring income/expenditure and overseeing the management of our investment portfolio.
Chair: Drew Purves
This Committee is responsible for all our grants and undertakes periodic reviews of the schemes and their administration.
Chair: Rosie Hails
This Committee is responsible for all the Society’s academic meetings. It administers the Annual Meeting, runs the Annual Symposium and Special Symposium from programme development to publication, assesses proposals for future meetings, co-ordinates the activities of the Special Interest Groups, and oversees workshop sponsorship, commemorative events fund and financial support for meetings run by associated organisations.
Chair: Zoe Davies
Member Services Committee
Primary responsibility is the maintenance and development of services to members. It is also responsible for the retention and acquisition of new members.
Chair: Dave Hodgson
This is responsible for setting the employment policy of the Society, terms and conditions of its staff, considering staffing levels and overseeing contracts of employment.
Chair: Adam Vanbergen
The Policy Committee guides our work supporting members to build their skills, develop their careers and enhance the policy impact of their work; communicating the value of ecological knowledge to policymakers; and promoting evidence-informed solutions.
Juliet Vickery (Chair)
Its remit is to manage the strategic direction of the Society’s portfolio of publications, including its 6 ecology journals, its partnership in the open access journal Ecology and Evolution and its Ecological Reviews book series. It seeks to ensure that work of the highest scientific standards is published, in order to maintain the reputation and profitability of the portfolio.
Chair: Jane Hill
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