Undergraduate Careers Conference 


There is currently an exciting opportunity for 3 undergraduate student helpers to get involved in the Undergraduate Careers Conference 2018. The event is scheduled for Monday 12th February from 9:00 – 16:00 in Charles Darwin House, Central London.

The aim of the event is to both inform and excite students interested in ecology about the career choices available to them. Attending the conference will be an audience of approximately 100 undergraduates, recent graduates and some postgraduates. If you are interested in helping to organise the 2018 conference follow the link for details on what is expected of student helpers.

If you are keen to apply for this opportunity, please email answers to the following questions below.

  • Why are you interested in this role and how will it benefit your CV?
  • What skills/experience do you have that match the tasks listed in the link regarding what is expected of student helpers?
  • How will you manage your time to help organise the careers conference (e.g. whilst studying)?
  • Please specify where you would be travelling from and if it would be difficult for you to travel in the morning of the conference – please indicate if accommodation would be required.

Please email Amy Padfield this information by Monday 3rd July, 4 pm. Please note that the event is in term time, so be mindful of key dates and trips before you apply.


The 2017 Careers Conference took place at Charles Darwin House, central London. This included plenaries from BES President Sue Hartley, and forensic entomologist Amoret Whitaker. Like the previous year, it was jam-packed with presentations and panel discussions with speakers from policy, science communication, not for profit and consultancy. There was an exciting, interactive afternoon of expert careers advice from CIEEM and the BES Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Read the 2017 Undergraduate Careers Conference Programme.

Undergraduate Summer School 

Drawing on the success of the Undergraduate Summer School in Malham FSC centre in 2016, the Summer School for 2017 will be held at Dale Fort FSC centre in July. The school is aimed at undergraduates who are either in their 1st year at an English, Welsh or Irish (NI and Ireland) institution or in their 2nd year at a Scottish institution.

The Undergraduate Summer School is a jam packed five-day whirlwind tour of ecology full of lectures, excursions, lab work and tutorials. It provides an excellent opportunity to experience the breadth of ecology and network with professionals and peers.

Find out more about the Undergraduate Summer School here.

Top tips for a career in ecology

This single page pdf was produced after a series of careers conferences and provides a quick summary for undergraduates and recent graduates who are thinking about their next step.

You can download a copy for own use and are welcome to photocopy for your students.