Reflections on Ecology Across Borders 2021 (In person)

With the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation in the UK and across the world, the in-person part of Ecology Across Borders 2021 was even smaller than expected. Despite it’s small size, there was an incredible range and quality of ecological research on offer and it definitely had that welcoming ‘BES annual meeting’ feel. Huge congratulations and thanks…

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…