Brackendale Ecology and Evolution Conference. Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. Postgraduate Conference. These three conferences have one thing in common - they are organized for students, by students.
And in my personal opinion, both the student conferences I attended as a MSc student at the University of British Columbia, and the one I just participated in as a PhD student at the University of Queensland are hugely valuable. They foster a sense of community, are a chance to solicit peer feedback, and they are among the most inexpensive conferences you will ever attend. And in addition, organizing conferences such as these are a great opportunity for graduate students to demonstrate leadership.
Below is the 'story' (using Storify) of the UQ Biological Sciences Postgrad Conference!