British Ecological Society (BES Winter Meeting)

Venue: University of Birmingham

Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jan 03, 2001 End Date/Time: Jan 04, 2001
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BES Winter Meeting, University of Birmingham, 3 - 5 January 2001
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BES Winter Meeting, University of Birmingham, 3 - 5 January 2001


A booking form is available and the deadline is 24 November 2000. The booking form contains details of poster abstract submission. Students may apply for a Student Support Grant to attend the meeting but they must apply by 31 October 2000.

The Winter Meeting will run over three days from the morning of Wednesday 3 January to the afternoon of Friday 5 January 2001. Authors may only submit their abstracts in electronic form and acknowledgement of receipt will be sent automatically. When preparing an abstract for submission please follow the guidelines carefully paying particular attention to the format of the authors and make sure that you include all the required information.

The provisional topics for this Winter Meeting are listed below. Depending on the abstracts submitted, some topics may be merged.

Session Topics

1. Physiological plant ecology
2. Plant reproductive ecology
3. Pollination ecology
4. Plant dispersal
5. Seed ecology
6. Plant demography
7. Plant competition
8. Plant population biology
9. Vegetation analysis
10. Plant community ecology
11. Animal population biology
12. Animal community ecology
13. Vertebrate physiological ecology
14. Invertebrate physiological ecology
15. Vertebrate behavioural ecology
16. Invertebrate behavioural ecology
17. Effects of herbivory on plants
18. Herbivore responses to plant defences
19. Plant-animal interactions
20. Predator-prey interactions
21. Parasitic symbiosis
22. Mutualistic symbiosis
23. Mycorrhizas
24. Nutrient cycling
25. Soil ecology
26. Microbial ecology
27. Evolutionary ecology
28. Ecological genetics
29. Population genetics
30. Molecular ecology
31. Succession
32. Restoration ecology
33. Conservation ecology - community management
34. Conservation ecology - rare or threatened species
35. Conservation ecology - habitats (specify)
36. Conservation ecology - other
37. Habitat fragmentation
38. Disturbance ecology
39. Landscape ecology
40. Pest control
41. Ecotoxicology
42. Aquatic ecology
43. Applied aquatic ecology
44. Aquatic ecology - terrestrial influences
45. Pollution ecology - aquatic
46. Pollution ecology - terrestrial
47. Pollution ecology - atmospheric
48. Mire ecology
49. Paleoecology
50. Upland and mountain ecology
51. Tropical ecology
52. Forest ecology - tropical
53. Forest ecology - temperate and boreal
54. Polar ecology
55. Urban ecology
56. Coastal ecology
57. Mathematical modelling and mathematical ecology
58. Remote sensing
59. GIS
60. Agroecology
61. Biodiversity
62. Global environmental change - ecological
63. Global environmental change - ecophysiological
64. Education and communication
65. Ecological and environmental ethics
66. Others (please specify)

Special Thematic Topics
Thematic topics are intended to provide a forum for discussion on timely and/or important questions, to provide a local 'flavour' to the programme and to encourage integration between disciplines. Each session starts with a 40 minute presentation by an invited speaker. Thematic session co-ordinators encourage others to submit papers for the session but any Meeting participants are free to submit unsolicited abstracts for the sessions in the usual way.

TT1. Applications of stable isotopes in ecology
TT2. Physiological animal ecology
TT3. Conservation in fragmented habitats
TT4. Nitrogen in the environment

Society Grants

The Society offers a limited number of grants to subsidise attendance at the Meeting. These grants cover teachers in the UK and students in the UK and abroad. Details are available from the BES office or web site. To apply for Student Support applicants must return their completed form by 31 October 2000. Please note that Student Support does not cover the cost of travel.

Guidance Notes for Abstract Submission
Here is the BES office top five most annoying habits of abstract authors. When dealing with 500 abstracts correcting author mistakes takes a lot of time. Please make our life a little easier by taking time to follow the instructions carefully and especially by:

NOT leaving it to the last day to submit your the abstract (over 70% come in on the last day)
PLEASE listing the authors the correct format (it’s not difficult, just follow the example)
NOT forgetting to include author affiliations
NOT using a capital letter at the start of each word in the title
NOT adding the word ‘title’ in front of the title, ‘abstract’ in front of the abstract, etc,

Changes have been introduced for the submission of abstracts for the BES Winter Meeting 2000 and you are strongly recommended to read these guidance notes carefully. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION WAS 7 August 2000.

ONLY ONE ORAL PAPER PER PERSON WILL BE ALLOWED. An individual may be listed as co-author on more than one abstract, but senior authorship is strictly limited to only one oral paper. The senior author must present the paper. An individual may be senior author on more than one poster presentation.
The author must complete a booking form (available in the autumn) and register for the Winter Meeting.
Submission is by electronic format only.
Acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent within 5 working days, please contact the BES immediately if you do not receive acknowledgement within this time. This is very important. If you do not receive an acknowledgement then the BES probably has not received your abstract.
Abstracts should be no more than 50 words. Abstracts longer than this will be cut.
It is not possible to change any aspect of an abstract, including authorship, once it has been submitted.
Oral papers are scheduled to last 20 minute, 15 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
Before submitting an abstract, authors should be confident that they will attend the Meeting. Withdrawal of papers creates problems for both the organisers and delegates. If cancellation is necessary you should inform the BES office IMMEDIATELY.
You should submit your abstract through email (preferred) or on a 3.5" floppy disk (formatted for DOS only).
Abstracts should be sent by email to : Alternatively, you may post floppy discs to : Winter Meeting Abstracts, British Ecological Society, 26 Blades Court, Deodar Road, Putney, London SW15 2NU, UK.
You will be informed of the result of your submission in early October 2000 and if successful, you will be sent a conference booking form which should be completed and returned as soon as possible. Abstracts will be published in the Winter Meeting Programme booklet which will be sent to those people who book for the meeting in addition to being available to members on request, in writing to the BES. They will also appear on the BES web site in late October .


Please follow these instructions carefully. If we are unable to read your submission it will be returned to you and you may miss the deadline.

Abstracts can be submitted by email (preferred) or on a 3.5" floppy disk (formatted for DOS ONLY).
Abstracts MUST be submitted as an ASCII file on floppy disk or as an ASCII file attachment to an email or as an email. The most reliable method is submission as an email. We cannot decode any file attachments.
If submitting your abstract on a 3.5" floppy disk remember to label your disk clearly with your name, full address and abstract title.
Submit only ONE abstract per email.
The submission must contain the following:

1. Corresponding author : Title, full name, address, telephone, fax, email

2. Preferred form of presentation: Oral paper or poster presentation

3. Preferred session topic :Indicate up to three session numbers from the list of topics

4. Student prizes : Indicate if you are eligible and wish to be considered for either the Anne Keymer Prize (student oral paper) or Student Poster Prize

5. BES Membership : Indicate if you are a BES member or not.

6. Authors : The format must be as follows - SMITH A.B., JONES C.D. & OTHER E.F. CAPITALS PLEASE, no comma after surname, no spaces between initials. The first author must present the paper. The most common mistake made is an error in the format of the authors so please take care to ensure your abstract is correct. Make sure that you list all authors before listing any affiliations.

7. Affiliation : Do not use abbreviations. Identify institutions (when more than one) with a superscripted number with no full stop after the number (see example).

8. Title of oral paper/poster

9. Abstract text : no longer than 50 words and should be a single paragraph only. Abstracts longer than this will be cut.


University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham United Kingdom B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Additional Information

MEMBERSHIP The British Ecological Society is for people who are committed to using the science of ecology as a basis for nature conservation, sound environmental management, and sustainable development. Membership is open to any individual with an interest in ecology. The BES is run by its Council and Committees which are made up from its members. The Society's administrative base is its office in Putney where three full-time and one part-time staff work. There are a variety of membership categories. Members receive the Society's newsletter, the Bulletin, free of charge and may also subscribe to the Society's four Journals at a reduced subscription rate. Members are also eligible for a range of discounts on other publications. Membership Categories and Fees, 2000 Membership Ordinary (pounds sterling) Ordinary Reduced* (pounds sterling) Student (pounds sterling) Bulletin 20.00 10.00 10.00 Bulletin + 1 journal 40.00 20.00 20.00 Bulletin + 2 journals 60.00 30.00 30.00 Bulletin + 3 journals 80.00 40.00 40.00 Bulletin + 4 journals 100.00 50.00 50.00 An Application Form is available.