Main BEES activities consist of the Field Trip, the Young Scientist Day and the Xmas Market

  • The BEES Field Trip
    A new concept : BEES Fieldtrip & Barbecue.

    With the beautiful days, you feel the urge to go outside, in nature. But many of us, working on nature-society topics, spend too much time inside, and too less time in ‘real life’ practice. So let’s get out! BEES offers an enlightening opportunity to visit a BEES related project, with several short pitches by practice professionals. 

    In this 2018 last edition, we had a BEES barbecue lunch after this walking & talking, at the nearby Groenendaal Castle terrace. A nice setup to meet colleagues from different disciplines and regions, to share your ideas and enjoy spring! 

    In the waiting of the 2019 edition, please have a look at our 2018 event pictures.


  • The BEES Young Scientist Day 

    This year, the BEES (Belgian Ecosystems & Society) Young Scientist Day will take place on 5th of October 2018 at Field Research Centre (FRC) and Ecotrons, Hasselt University, in Connecterra

    The BEES Young Scientist Day is an informal, interactive event aiming at developing interdisciplinary cooperation and exploring transdisciplinary opportunities among Belgian young scientists (PhD students, young postdocs...) active in novel projects in the broad theme of ecosystems & society. The event is an opportunity for people who want to extend their scope beyond strictly specialised or fundamental research, and are interested in exploring the crossroads of ecology, economy, governance and sustainability. The BEES Young Scientist Day therefore provides an opportunity to exchange with peers, which is essential for research quality and network building.  

    What you will get during the BEES Young scientist day :

    • The opportunity to shortly explain the challenges of your work, surrounded by peers
    • The chance to create new collaborations & identify joint research topics 
    • To create linkages with policy and practice across disciplines and regional contexts 
    • To discuss, debate and exchange on research related to ecosystems and society, and on the impact it can have on policy, practice and society at large 
    • To visit and enjoy the National Park Hoge Kempen during a 2h walk with forest ranger
    • A networking / mapping game
    • A communication session
    • Some drinks (mostly at the end)

    What you won't get during the BEES Young Scientist day :

    • Silence
    • Passivity
    • Boring presentations

    Please take a look at the pictures of previous BEES Young Scientist Day.

    Registration will soon be available. You can already save the date in your agenda and check our website for news.


  • The BEES X-mas Market
    The BEES X-mas Market brings together people from academia, public administration and civil society, from Belgium and abroad, with one common interest: ecosystem services. The BEES market is the perfect spot to exchange ideas, learn from other experiences and discover how ecosystem services are transformed into real products or daily life applications. The format of the event is a cozy afternoon in a friendly Xmas market-like atmosphere: the perfect event to wrap up the year in a useful and fun way. Participants can choose to have a stand, give a training session or just enjoy the market. 
    The last edition of the BEES X-mas Market took take place in Namur on 12 December 2017.
    Photos of the 2017 BEES X-mas Market
    You can also have a look at the video of :
    -Our 2014 edition
    -Our 2015 edition 
    Photos of the 2016 edition are also available.