The 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, hosted by the Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand, will include a wide - ranging programme of plenary keynote addresses, symposia and workshops that will cover the challenges and achievements of botanic gardens and partner organisations around the world.
There will be a significant depth of discussion and range of topics to engage all attending, from sustainability and climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, and plant collections management, to community well - being, social relevance, industry innovation and education.
There will be a variety of thematic symposia during the Congress and early details are provided below. Please note this programme is subject to change. The final version will be available in the Congress handbook.
Sunday 20 October
|10:00 - 16:00||Registration|
Dunedin Botanic Garden
|All day||Rhododendron Day - Garden fete and festival|
|12:00 - 16:30||Tours of Botanic Garden|
|17:00 - 18:30||Welcome reception at Dunedin Botanic Garden|
Monday 21 October 2013
Congress Day 1: Setting the scene
Dr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
|11.00||Plenary - Dr Sara Oldfield, Secretary General, BGCI UK
A new agenda for botanic gardens
|11.30||Plenary - Felicity Lawrence, Deputy Director-General Science and Capability, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
Conservation for prosperity, Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai
|12.00||Plenary - Dr Beth Mantle, GBIF Regional Representative, CSIRO
Organising biodiversity data to support plant conservation
|13.45||Plenary - Prof Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
Partnerships for conservation
|14.15||Plenary- Prof Kaiyun Guan, Director and Professor, Turpan Eremophyte Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Global Significance of Biodiversity and its Conservation in Central Asia
Parallel 1 - Success globally
Tuesday 22 October 2013
Congress Day 2: The regional perspective
|9.00||Plenary - Chipper Wichman, Chief Executive Officer and Director, National Tropical Botanical Garden, United States
Ho'oulu ka Ulu - Addressing global food security through science, innovation and the Polynesian cultural knowledge of breadfruit
|9.30||Plenary - Dr Marion Johnson, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin Traditional use of plants by Maori in Aotearoa, New Zealand|
|10.00||Plenary - Clarence Slockee, Coordinator, Aboriginal Programs – Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Domain Trust Indigenous cultural values in nature conservation|
Parallel 4 – Success globally
Workshop: Ethnobotany in the garden: engaging communities with nature.
|14.00||Plenary - Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Science and Conservation
Challenges and opportunities for botanic gardens in the Australasian and Asia-Pacific region
|14.30||Plenary - Alan Matchett, Director, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand
150 years of botanic gardens in New Zealand
|15.00||Coffee and Posters
Themes: Success globally; Beyond the Garden Walls
Parallel 7 - Success globally
Wednesday 23 October
Congress Day 3
All day field trips
Thursday 24 October 2013
Congress Day 4 - Getting the word out
|9.00||Plenary - Scot Medbury, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA|
|9.30||Plenary - Sophia Shaw Siskel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Botanic Garden
Why Gardens Are Important, Especially Now
|10.00||Coffee and posters
Horticutural changes; Science and innovation
Parallel 10 - Success globally
|14.00||Plenary - Dr David Rae, Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.
Botanic garden horticulturalists - a threatened species?
|14.30||Plenary - Mr Jack Hobbs, Curator Manager, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand.
The role of plants in environmental solutions
Parallel 14 - Success globally
Friday 25 October 2013
Congress Day 5 - Looking to the future
Plenary - Dr Jin Chen, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science
Plenary Dr Kathy MacKinnon, Vice Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas, UK
Plenary - Prof Peter Wyse-Jackson, President, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Education in botanic gardens: moving from "Sage on the Stage" to "Engage on Discover"