Building Our Botanical Capital

Associated Events

A number of events will run in conjunction with the Building Our Botanical Capital conference program.

Pre-conference Mixer and Art Exhibition Launch

Delegates registering for the full three days of the conference are eligible to attend an advance registration event and official launch of the Interface art exhibition by local artist, Natalie Maras, to be held on Sunday 29 November. Natalie is the 2015 artist-in-residence with CSIRO's National Research Collections Australia and the exhibition will showcase some of the outcomes of the time she has spent working with the collections and their staff.

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Public Forum: Effective transition from science to policy?

On Monday 30 November, following the first day of the conference, a public forum will be held in the Discovery Lecture Theatre.

Is there really a struggle between scientists and policy-makers in bringing the results of research into the policy domain?

Do policy-makers need to invoke the precautionary principle in adopting rigorous scientific knowledge into government policy?

A panel of public servants with experience in implementing a diverse range of policies and scientists who have provided information to support government policy, will discuss the issues around incorporating science into policy. This complex and at times passionate debate will involve interaction among panel members and the audience.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday 1 December at University House, Australian National University. This will be a chance for delegates to relax and enjoy a summer evening in Canberra with drinks on the lawn followed by a buffet-style dinner. Cost is $70 per person.

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A post-conference day fieldtrip to areas of botanical interest to the east of Canberra is planned for Thursday 3rd December, and will be led by staff from the Australian National Herbarium. Spaces are limited, and will be on a first-in, first-served basis. Cost is $50 per person.

Registrations have now closed.