Summer School for Undergraduates

The BES Summer School is aimed at undergraduates who are either in their 1st or 2nd year at a UK or Irish University and is a chance to spend a full week immersed in ecology, ecological research and the wider community.

2016 BES Undergraduate Summer School, Malham Tarn
2016 BES Undergraduate Summer School, Malham Tarn Karen Devine

The 3rd BES Summer School, 17th-21st July 2017.  Dalefort Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

Applications are now open for the BES Summer School due to take place at Dale Fort Field Studies Centre in Pembrokeshire 17th-21st July 2017.

We have just 50 places for any Undergraduate in their 1st  or 2nd year  at any UK or Irish University with an interest in an ecological career and ecological research.  We’re offering a fully funded week long residential to the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast and a chance immerse yourself in ecology, fieldwork, networking and guest speakers and workshop leaders from across the breadth of ecological science. Alongside an exciting scientific programme we have a strong careers programme and as always our PhD mentors are on hand with support, advice and a packed social programme.

We are very pleased to confirm that Prof Jane Memmott will open the Summer School as our welcome plenary speaker.

The school is open to anyone in their 1st and 2nd year and we will try our best to support everyone in accessing the  school.   If you have any questions about the nature of the school, the activities you will undertake or any access arrnagements that might need to be confirmed prior to applying, please get in touch with Karen Devine

Applications process

Your application form:  Please  download, complete and return the form.  Do make sure you read the forms carefully and complete all the necessary sections returning to the BES no later than the deadline specified.  In 2016 98 people applied for 50 places and we will not be able to accept late returned applications.

Location map

What happened in 2016

The 2016 Summer School Programme

Becky McCerey’s Blog

The Mentors Report

What happened in 2015

2015 Summer School student perspectives

Along with a formal programme, the school provides access to PhD student mentors who themselves developed a range of field excursions including moth trapping and bird spotting sessions