Reflections on the Festival of Ecology

It’s hard to believe that it has been a month since the Festival of Ecology! Like many other participants (if the Functional Ecology Twitter poll is an accurate representation), I was mixing my normal work with attending some of the online conference events of BES 2020. During the main festival, I caught some of the…

#BES2020 A Festival of Ecology: Post-Conference Musings

We didn’t have the blizzard of the Ghent meeting or the grandeur of a conference dinner in the Titanic (Belfast 2019) or in the shadow of Tower Bridge (London 2013). Nevertheless, the Festival of Ecology offered the expected wide range of presentations, posters, plenaries and other activities as usual but in a new, virtual setting.…

Festival of Ecology: Plant ecology playlist

With a programme of over 650 on-demand talks and posters, there is plenty to watch during #BES2020! That doesn’t even include Festival of Ecology’s live plenaries, thematic sessions, networking opportunities, workshops and commemorative sessions in honour of Bob May and Georgina Mace. Here, Journal of Ecology recommends a playlist of talks and posters that will…

Navigating the Virtual ESA2020 Meeting

Many of us regular ESA delegates were disappointed that the 2020 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting had to go virtual. I look forward to the annual chance to catch up with colleagues and friends, meet new ecologists, and hear about the latest research. This year I was looking forward to several days in Salt…

Digging deeper to illuminate the black box!

Last week I attended the 2-day New Phytologist symposium on ‘Above- and below-ground Biodiversity for Sustainable Ecosystems‘ that was organised by Associate Editor Marcel Van Der Heijden at Agroscope (Reckenholz, Switzerland) on behalf of the BiodivERsA “#DiggingDeeper” project. I personally loved the symposium, not only because of the great line-up of speakers and because it…

#SOM2019: Insights from Franciska De Vries

The 7th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (#SOM2019) was held in Adelaide (Australia) from 6 – 11 October 2019. Associate Editor Franciska De Vries kindly agreed to share with us her thoughts and experiences of the conference, below. My #SOM2019 in Adelaide Two weeks ago, I travelled to Adelaide to attend the Soil Organic…

#ESA2019 Insights from Frederik De Laender

The Ecological Society of America annual meeting 2019 was held in Louisville from August 11 to 16th and Associate Editor Frederik De Laender kindly agreed to share his thoughts and experiences from the meeting below. Louisville, the city of Mohammed Ali, hosted this year’s ESA meeting (#ESA2019, August 11-16th), themed “Bridging Communities & Ecosystems: Inclusion…