Attending ESA in New Orleans?

Nature Research will be at ESA in New Orleans - with hats!

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We will be attending the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in hot and wet New Orleans next week.

I will be there representing our growing number of online communities, and will be joined by Simon Harold from Nature Ecology & Evolution, and Jung-Eun Lee from our new Nature Research journal Communications Biology

We will be attending talks and mingling throughout the meeting, and would love to meet up with some of our community contributors and members. Let us know if you are attending by commenting below, or emailing

We will be at the Springer Nature booth on Monday afternoon with free Nature Ecology & Evolution hats (you know you want one!), so please come and say hello and tell us what you think of our community site - or indeed anything else.

We hope to see you there!

The Nature Ecology & Evolution hat is kindly modelled by Luíseach Nic Eoin.

Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, Springer Nature

I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.