BES Macro 2019 Conference

3-5 July  Penryn, Cornwall

BES Macro 2019 is the annual meeting of the BES macroecology and macroevolution Special Interest Group. Each year we aim to highlight all kinds of macro-scale research, across diverse taxa, timescales, and career stages. This year we're aiming to showcase trail-blazing research on some topics that can sometimes be overlooked: marine and microbial macroeco/evo, and applied macro research (e.g. in conservation, disease, or pest management). We're also hosting a pre-conference career development day exploring how to do research with impact, and dealing with the stresses and strains of life in research. We particularly welcome early career researchers to this day, but it's open to all.

Whatever your speciality and career-stage, we hope you'll join us in beautiful Cornwall for two days of macro-fun! Feel free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter (@BESMacroecol), or email with questions.

Keynote Speakers













Dr Dave Hodgson:

As a quantitative ecologist, Dave focuses on the interplay of ecological and evolutionary dynamics with the aim of building robust empirical demographic models to better understand and protect biodiversity.

Dr Marlee Tucker:

Specialising in examining animal movement patterns and behaviours from a macroecological perspective, Marlee unravels these connections to help inform conservation across the globe.

Dr Nick Payne:

A lecturer at TCD, Nick’s work mostly explores the physiological ecology of animals, particularly those in marine ecosystems. An overarching goal of his research is to understand how environmental variation regulates the physiology and movement of animals and in turn, their distributions

Talks and Posters

We will have slots for talks and space for posters at the meeting. Talks will be either 5 or 15 minutes long. There may not be enough talk slots for everyone, so priority will be given to early career researchers. You will need to submit a title, a very short abstract, and let us know whether you think your presentation is most suitable for a 5 or a 15 minute talk. 


Students will also be given the option to put themselves forward for the student plenary talk (20 minutes). We highly recommend applying; it’s fun and a great thing to put on your CV.

Career Development day

Wednesday 3rd July will be a focused day on skills development, centred on how to do research that has a tangible impact on the world, science communication and outreach, alternative careers, and dealing with the stresses and strains of life in research. We particularly welcome early career researchers to this day, but it's open to all. 

There will be talks and training on science communication and outreach, the opportunity to develop an outreach activity, and guidance on pathways to 'impact'. There will also be panel discussions and networking opportunities with a diverse group of scientists who have developed alternative or hybrid careers in outreach and applying their research to real-world problems.

We'll also have talks and discussion groups addressing both the challenges that modern academic life can pose to our wellbeing, and highlighting good practice that is emerging to reinforce happy and productive working lives.

ECRs signed up for this day will also be invited to meet the conference Plenary Speakers at a dedicated session.

Registration and abstract submission

Registration includes vegetarian lunch, tea, coffee, and snacks, as well as a wine reception. To cut costs we have not organised an official conference dinner this year. Instead we will book tables at local venues for anyone who wants to come along in the evenings.


Earlybird registration and abstract submission ends at midnight on Friday, 17th May 2019. We will contact attendees after this to confirm talk slots.


Normal registration ends at midnight on Monday, 1st July 2019. 

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Jessica Haghkerdar

(Student Plenary):

Jess's current research at St Andrews focuses on ecological succession in multitrophic communities. More broadly, she is interested in cross-system trends in community structure and function, especially in response to perturbation.


There are plenty of accommodation options in Penryn and Falmouth, both receive plenty of visitors and Falmouth in particular has a number of hotels covering any preference or budget. The public transport links between Penryn Campus, Penryn and Falmouth are excellent, so wherever you stay you should have no problems getting to the conference (see map and public transport pages for more information). For those new to the area, here are some recommended options for accommodation.

Rooms are available on the main campus at a discounted rate, minutes away from the conference centre. Facilities on campus include a café, a shop, a sport centre, and the main Stannary bar/canteen. Rooms are available at a substantially discouted price for attendees: double (£45 a night), twin (£45), single occupancy room (double or twin) with breakfast for one (£52.50), double occupancy room (double or twin) with breakfast for two (£60). Rooms come with access to a communal kitchen and free parking. Rooms can be booked at the discounted price through a link that will be sent to you once you've registered for the conference, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. For more details see:

A local pub in Penryn that offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation from which you can either walk to campus (~20min) or catch a bus from down the road. See more details at

A local hostel in the center of Falmouth, just minutes away from the beach and the main train station and bus links. See more details at

For those looking for a camping option, Cosawes Park has a large number of pitches available as well as facilities (and free Wi-Fi!). While it is slightly outside of Penryn, it is within 10 minutes walk a bus stop that will take you directly to campus. See more details at

If anyone is interested in room/apartment sharing feel free to organise this via our Facebook page or Twitter.


Accessibility and other needs

The conference venue is fully wheelchair-accessible,

with lift access to all floors. There is accessible parking,

and the buses between Penryn and Falmouth have

accessibility options. Note that Penryn is an old town,

and it can be tricky to navigate. There is a nursing room

and multi-faith prayer space on campus (see map).

If you have any other need, please do indicate this

on your registration form. If you have any questions,

please contact Henry Hakkinen, using our labgroup


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BES Macro2019 Organisers - The Fundamental and Applied Biogeography Group (PI Dr Regan Early)

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