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5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress - a great success

21 October 2013

Proceedings of this congress can be found here.

Over 300 delegates from 43 countries attended the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (5GBGC) in Dunedin, New Zealand.


The congress was held in partnership with the 6th Biennial Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Congress  

The Congress included 17 plenary talks, 12 organised symposia and over 80 contributed papers.

All plenary sessions were recorded and videos are being made available on  our 5GBGC YouTube channel. Click here to view the plenary talks.

The wide range of issues affecting botanic gardens were discussed thorough a series of excellent presentations and workshops and  the future of botanic gardens was the topic of an open forum.  A number of Congress 'talking points' provided a focus for the Congress sessions and corridor chats.

New initiatives launched at the Congress included the International Plant Sentinel Network and the new website for the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens.

Tree conservation was high on the agenda of items discussed with two pertinent symposia:

  • Strengthening the conservation value of tree collections for ex situ conservation
  • Beyond seed banking: Challenges and opportunities to conserve exceptional species

Find out more about these symposia here.

An overview of the Congress conclusions can be downloaded here

An image gallery has been created by Clive Copeman where you can order copies of the many memorable images of the Congress. You can access the gallery by clicking here

A number of talks during the parallel sessions were videoed and are now available on YouTube (many thanks to Leigh Morris). Links to these are provided below:

Ian Oliver - Tree Translocation in Oman

Leigh Morris - Virtual Learning for Capacity Building

T Myers & R Elliot - Plant Conservation in New Zealand

Ellie Barham - International Plant Sentinel Network

Hans Persoon - Undergraduate Botany Course

D Reid - Tasmanian Food Garden

Greg Mueller - Mitigating the Loss of Botanical Capacity

Sara Levin Stevenson - Tools for Engagement in Public Gardens



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