Taxonomy for Plant Conservation

24–28 November 2019, Wellington, New Zealand

We invite you to a joint conference of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
—an exciting opportunity to connect with people who are passionate about science and conservation of native plants in New Zealand and Australia.

The conference will be held at Wellington’s premier conference venue, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

  • Get up to date information from our stimulating and comprehensive range of speaker presentations
  • Explore Wellington’s forests and rugged coastlines on our field trips
  • Network with people involved in a wide variety of plant conservation work
  • Discuss and learn at our workshops
  • Take a tour of the Te Papa Herbarium (WELT) and Otari Native Botanic Gardens

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More information will be provided on this site as plans develop and we hope to have the full conference package available soon. For now we have a little more information and a programme outline to whet your appetite.

For further information please contact the organising committee by email:

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington!
Rewi Elliot (NZPCN) and Heidi Meudt (ASBS)
On behalf of the 2019 ASBS-NZPCN Joint Conference Organising Committee

Symposium themes

  • Celebrating 250 years of advances in botanical science and conservation since Banks and Solander
  • Aligning western science with Mātauranga Māori for better conservation outcomes
  • The Decadal Plan and the future of taxonomy in Australasia
  • Recovery of threatened plants—success stories?
  • Making the most of e-resources
  • Conservation in response to environmental change
  • The contribution of citizen science
  • Hybridization—an ongoing dilemma for conservation
  • Decoding the green—combating plant blindness
  • Biodiversity and the built environment

Important Dates

  • 23 August 2019—Early Bird registration closes
  • 23 September 2019—Abstract call closes
  • 1 November 2019—Registrations closes
  • 24 November 2019—Conference begins


The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum, located at the waterfront in Wellington. Known as Te Papa, or “Our Place”, more than 1.5 million people visit every year to experience six floors of exhibitions, collections, cafés and gift shops dedicated to New Zealand’s culture and environment.

Te Papa is open every day from 10–6 (except Christmas Day), and entry is free, although charges do apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable Street, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
p: +64 4 381 7000; w:

Information regarding transport and accomodation to follow, but please note that Wellington accommodation tends to fill up fast, especially during this time of the year. We encourage you to make your bookings well in advance.

Taxonomy for Plant Conservation | More Information | Programme outline

Title image: Te Ara Tirohanga, Rimutaka Hill