Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series






Welcome to the Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series page!

This weekly seminar series aims to provide a platform for researchers in the fields of evolution and ecology from across the UK to showcase their work here at Silwood Park.


Seminars are in person in the Georgina Mace Centre (GMC) common room, Silwood Park campus, Thursdays at 13.00. The seminars are also streamed live on teams so are accessible to those working remotely.

Overseas speakers

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns we were able to invite speakers from around the globe to share their research with us. We will continue to do this for the forseeable future with seminars presented from overseas speakers being held online on MS Teams.

Meeting a speaker

If you would like to meet with the seminar speaker, please contact the host listed below.

Inviting a speaker

If you are faculty or a postdoc and have a speaker you would like to invite to give a seminar, please see the timetable below for available slots.

Once you have a speaker provisionally interested in giving a talk and you have agreed a slot for them to come, email with contact information and the preferred slot. We will double-check availability and provide further details to the speaker. Accommodation can also be arranged if required. Hosts are in charge of organising the day for their invited speaker (greetings, meetings, dinner, etc...).

PhD students: You are very welcome to invite speakers, though please bear in mind that you will be responsible for hosting the speaker while they are at Silwood.

Please be aware the timetable is not updated daily.

Speaker expenses / budget

When speakers are on site we can cover some costs with our yearly budget. The maximum amount that can be claimed when hosting seminar speakers is £200 per speaker, and includes travel expenses, one night accommodation and dinner for host and speaker. Please bear this budget in mind when considering invitations. Travel should be booked using cheap, advance options in line with the College’s Expenses Policy (requires College login). Entertainment costs are detailed in the Expenses Policy. Normally speakers should be travelling from within the UK. Exceptionally we can include speakers from Europe if they can travel here within budget: in such cases, the host must notify the seminar organizers for departmental approval ahead of time. Hosts are, of course, welcome to use any alternative source of funding to cover expenses above the £200 limit if required.

 Panopto recordings

Most presentations will be recorded/uploaded using Panopto (Imperial login required). You can find all of the recorded talks in the Silwood Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series folder, here. Note that not all talks are recorded, for various reasons.

Previous seminars

The schedules for previous terms (including links to Panopto recordings) can be found here.


The organisers are Jacob Cook and Miles Nesbit. Please email with any queries.


Schedules for upcoming terms are given below. Blank slots are free. Times given are based on UK time. 


12th October      Virtual Rainforest Group  Imperial (internal)  Rob Ewers   
19th October            
26th October            
2nd November            
9th November            
16th November     David Fisher  Aberdeen  Julia Schroeder  
23rd November            
30th November            
7th December     Alex Papadopulos  Bangor  Vincent Savolainen   



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9th May            
16th May            
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20th June