29 August 2013 15:00

BDM 2013

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October

Organisers: Phil Barker, Megan Webb, Maria Snell and Rosie Law.

This year the meeting is to be held at Blencathra Field Centre situated in the picturesque surroundings of the Lake District, running from dinner on Friday 25th October until lunch on Sunday 27th October. Please join us for a weekend of diatom talks, posters, collecting and identifying.

The cost per person is £150 and includes 2 nights accommodation and all meals from dinner Friday to lunch Sunday. A discount will be given to postgraduate students after the event.


Located in the North Lakes the Blencathra Field Centre is positioned on the side of Blencathra Mountain near Keswick. Only 20 minutes from junction 40 on the M6 and Penrith train station.

Further details about the venue and its surroundings can be found here

Talks and Posters

We encourage all participants to offer either a talk or poster. This is a great opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work. Please send titles to Megan Webb.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Please click here to register 

Freshwater Biomonitoring Short Course

This year we are offering an introduction to freshwater biomonitoring short course on Friday 25th October, immediately prior to the Diatom Meeting. The course aims to provide hands on diatom work and an introduction to rapid assessment techniques. It is free of charge to those registered for the BDM and will take place at Newton Rigg (15 miles from Blencathra) using the Eden Demonstration Test Catchment.  The DTC’s are highly instrumented and intensively monitored catchments funded by DEFRA to address issues of diffuse pollution.  If you are interested in attending this event please contact Maria Snell