Building Our Botanical Capital

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We are currently seeking sponsorship from local businesses and interested parties for student presentation prizes and special offers for conference delegates. If you would like to discuss sponsorship please contact us at


The ASBS 2015 Conference Organising Committee would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their generous support of the Building Our Botanical Capital conference and associated events.

Atlas of Living Australia Australian Biological Resources Study
Australian Network for Plant Conservation Bush Blitz
Centre for Biodiversity Analysis CSIRO Publishing
  • CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • CSIRO Communications
  • CSIRO's National Research Collections of Australia
  • Transport by George!
    Preferred hire car firm for the ASBS conference


    A number of organisations and individuals will have material available for display and sale at the ASBS 2015 conference in the Industry Link Room adjacent to the main conference venue, the Discovery Lecture Theatre. These will include:

    CSIRO Publishing

    CSIRO Publishing is a science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services. Their international publishing programme covers a range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, the plant and animal sciences, planning and building, health and environmental management. Their product range includes journals, books and magazines, in print and online.

    Meadow Argus Publications

    Meredith Cosgrove has spent over seven years crouching in front of plants to capture them on camera. Currently she is a PhD student in the department of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics at the Australian National University, studying evolution of native plants. Prior to commencing her PhD Meredith worked on the Australian Plant Census at the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research.

    In her "spare" time, Meredith has recently self-published a "Photographic Guide to Native Plants of the Australian Capital Territory". This book is an image-rich field guide like no other, featuring one species per page. Distribution maps, key ID features, life-size scale bars, and details on habitat, flowering and fruiting all help to make plant identifications easy. The Guide comes complete with all the additional information you'll ever need in order to get to know the native flora of the ACT region.

    Meredith will be available at the ASBS 2015 conference for sales and signing of copies of the Guide.

    Tony & Theresa Orchard

    Tony and Theresa Orchard will have for sale copies of their three new books on the botanist Allan Cunningham. These will be offered at special conference prices, and will be signed by the authors at no extra cost, if desired.
    The books are:

  • The Botanist and the Judge: Allan Cunningham in Tasmania 1818–1819. (vi + 176 pp). Cunningham's diary of his expedition to Tasmania with P.P. King, and his interactions with various people including Judge Barron Field. ($30; normally $43 posted in Australia).
  • King's Collectors for Kew: James Bowie and Allan Cunningham, Brazil 1814–1816. (vi + 476 pp) The diaries of Cunningham and Bowie during their 2-year stop in Brazil en route to NSW and the Cape of Good Hope, and Cunningham's first 6 months in Australia. ($50; normally $67 posted in Australia).
  • Allan Cunningham. Letters of a Botanist-Explorer 1791–1839. (c. 400 pp). Letters to, from and about Cunningham. Correspondents include Banks, Aiton, Lindley, W. Hooker, J. Hooker, Bentham, Richard Cunningham, P.P.King, Candolle, Macquarie, Darling, Macleay, Heward, Busby, Colenso and many others. ($40; normally $55 posted in Australia).

    The Orchards will also have for sale the contents of a substantial taxonomic library including floras, handbooks, journals.
    Cash, cheque, Paypal or direct bank transfer sales only. Sorry, no credit cards.

    Over Educated Publications

    Brendan Lepschi, CEO of Over Educated Publications, will make a rare public appearance to promote and sell copies of his moderately humorous work, "The Taller Tree Of Liff", the latest installment in the unpopular "Tree Of Liff" series. This book either represents excellent, inflation-proof value at $5 each (the same price as its predecessor, released in 1997), or else was grossly overpriced when first issued 18 years ago. Buy a copy and judge for yourself!

    Julie Ryder

    Initially trained in science, Julie graduated as a textile designer 1990, developing a hybrid practice between art and science by combining her scientific knowledge together with her love of textiles. For the last 25 years science and nature have both inspired and informed her arts practice.

    In 2002-4 Julie graduated from ANU School of Art with a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) degree, and in 2004-5, was awarded the inaugural ANAT Synapse New Media Artist in Residence at the ANBG in Canberra working closely with Dr Christine Cargill, Curator of the Cryptogam Herbarium. This ongoing collaboration has now resulted in four major solo exhibitions that have toured both nationally and internationally, including the Zendai MOMA in Shanghai.

    Julie's love of design, colour and botany have resulted in a range of textile products inspired by Australian flora, such as hand-printed tea-towels, hankies, scarves, and table napkins which she will be selling at the 2015 ASBS Conference.