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BGCI Secretary General honoured

21 May 2013

 BGCI’s Secretary General, Sara Oldfield has been awarded an Institutional Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Prof. Paul Van Cauwenberge, Vice Chancellor of Ghent University presented the degree to Sara at a ceremony on Friday May 17.  The Doctorate was awarded in recognition of the work in international plant conservation undertaken by Sara.  A recent development has been the pioneering research collaboration between BGCI and the University of Ghent. This research aims to assess the conservation value of ex situ collections – with a particular focus on plant species included in research activities at the Botanical Garden of Ghent University. The Doctorate also acknowledges Sara’s scientific contribution to the assessment of the global conservation status of the world’s tree species.

The award ceremony formed part of an event organised by the University to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day. Attended by botanic garden representatives from Belgium and the Netherlands, the event also included the inauguration of the systemic section of eudicotyledons at the Botanical Garden in the presence of Mrs Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Culture.

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