Peer Review Week: Thanking our Review College

This week it’s Peer Review Week, which provides us with a great opportunity to thank our Review College members.

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Peer Review Week is back this year, celebrating the role that peer review plays in scientific disciplines worldwide. This year’s theme, Recognition for Review, provides us with a great opportunity to recognise and thank all of our Review College members for the support they provide in grant assessment.

The aim of our Review College is to build a community of individuals who have knowledge, experience and expertise within ecology, who can use their skills to assess grant applications. Reviewers read, comment, and score applications according to their area of expertise, which are then considered by our Grants Committee.

Peer review of grant proposals is an extremely valuable process, ensuring we fund high quality, sound science and also provides applicants with useful feedback for future applications. Being involved in grant review not only influences the projects and individuals that receive funding, but also impacts on the ecological community as a whole.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all members, listed here, for their support and hard work, which makes our funding process possible.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Review College you can find more details online.

Here are a few words from our members:

Isabel C Barrio, University of Alberta, Canada
I have found being ‘on the other side’ of the grant process extremely interesting; this experience has provided me with a useful perspective when writing my own grant proposals.  I am very happy to be part of the BES Review College.


Germán Orizaola, Uppsala University, Sweden
Being a member of the Review College is a great opportunity to help the BES achieve its goal to support promising ecological science.



James Bennett, Coventry University, UK
Being part of the Review College is an important way for me to keep in touch with current avenues of ecological research and also build my own profile within the BES.



Our Journals will be celebrating throughout the week, so keep an eye on our website for updates.

You can follow the wider discussion on Twitter using #PeerRevWk16