Registration is now open for Trees for Climate Change, Biodiversity and People.

How to register

Registration is now open for Trees for Climate Change, Biodiversity and People. Registration will close at 17:00 (BST), Friday 16 June.

The Symposium aims to move beyond communication of research towards transforming policy decisions and applied conservation by using science and evidence. Through considering where evidence might be contentious, where evidence is not being utilised, or where evidence gaps exist, practitioners, policy advocates and scientists will work together to harness robust evidence for conservation.


Registration fees

Members of the BES can access significantly discounted registration rates to our events, so join today!

  • Standard registration deadline: 17:00 (BST), Friday 16 June
 Ticket price
BES Member£325
BES Concession Member*£195
Day Rate£215
Accompanying Person**£80
Discount Parent Registration***£150
Symposium Party****£40
  • Any delegates that require a carer to be present are entitled to bring a helper free of charge. Please email for more information.
  • *Concession Member is a BES member-only rate and includes students and retired members.
  • **If you are attending the meeting and have a partner, or other person who does not wish to attend the scientific programme but would like to come along to the social programme, this rate covers all lunches, coffee breaks and poster sessions.
  • ***If you are coming along to the meeting with children and both parents/carers wish to attend the scientific programme, we understand that half of your time as a parent will be looking after your child so offer a discounted registration rate for both carers. Similarly, if you are attending as a single carer and will be looking after your child for part of the time, you can register at this rate.
  • ****The Symposium party is available as an add on to your registration fee.
  • Please note we are only able to offer invoices in exceptional circumstances and only up to 2 weeks before the registration deadline to ensure these can be processed in time. Payment via invoice will incur an admin fee of £15. Group bookings of up to 6 can be made online and paid by card.

On-site registration

We will not be offering on-site registration at this event.


Accommodation is to be booked by delegates independently. Rooms are available for the nights of 27-30 of June at the University of Kent and can be booked here. Please enter the promotion code BES23.

Alternatively there are many hostels and hotels in Canterbury itself, find out more at visit Canterbury.

Symposium party

You can now add the symposium party to your booking. Join us for an evening of live music, food, drinks and conversation in the heart of the University of Kent campus, with beautiful views over Canterbury.

Tickets are £40 and include access to the full event including food, two complimentary drinks (whilst stocks last), and live entertainment. Please book the symposium party by 17:00 (BST), Friday 16 June.

This event is planned to take place outside, weather allowing. An alternative indoors venue may be used if necessary.


In the unlikely event of the symposium being cancelled we will offer a full refund to all delegates.

For all other cancellations the standard cancellation policy applies:

  • If cancellation is received before 17:00 (BST), Tuesday 30 May, the full registration fee will be given.
  • If cancellation is received after 17:00 (BST), Tuesday 30 May, but before 17:00 (GMT), Friday 16 June, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
  • No refunds will be given after 17:00 (BST), Friday 16 June.

Invitation VISA letters

We can provide invitation letters to those presenting at this Symposium and attendance certificates after the meeting. We do not get involved in the VISA process other than providing these letters. VISA applications will only be provided after the following criteria have been satisfied:

  • Applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid in-date passport that contains a photo of them.
  • Applicants must provide us with an academic CV and the correspondence address for the letter.
  • Applicants must provide us with a letter of support from their institute, saying they support the delegate attending the meeting.
  • This must be carried out in good time before the meeting, “last minute” requests will not be processed.
  • We should forewarn delegates requesting VISA letters that a Skype/phone call MAY be required in some circumstances.
  • The general rule is that delegates must have paid for registration and submitted an abstract to get a letter of invitation.

Getting to the University of Kent

The symposium will be taking place in the Sibson Building on the University of Kent campus.

Getting here by train

There are frequent, high speed train services to Canterbury from St Pancras International. There are also direct services from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.

Getting here by foot from the stations

From Canterbury East: This station is approximately a 45-minute walk from the campus. You can view the journey on Google Maps.

From Canterbury WestThis station is approximately a 25-minute walk from the campus. You can view the journey on Google Maps. You will turn left out of the station and continue past the ‘Goods Shed’ market on your left. After the roundabout, take the footpath on the left and take the subway under the railway line. The University is signposted on blue signs from here. The walk is up a slight hill.

Getting here by bus

Outside of term time, Stagecoach operates two services from central Canterbury to the University of Kent campus: the UNI1V and Triangle services. Both can be picked up from Canterbury Bus Station as well as from Westgate Towers, near Canterbury West station (turn right when leaving the station and walk to the main road, cross the road and take the bus going up the hill). The UNI1 and UNI2 buses do not run outside of university term time. For more information on getting here by bus, please visit the Transport Stagecoach bus travel page.

Getting here by coach

The 022 National Express service operates to Canterbury Bus Station and our campus Keynes bus stop. For more information on getting here by coach, please visit the Transport coach travel page.