Meeting dates

  • Sunday, 24 November—Workshops and Welcome Reception
  • Monday, 25 November—Conference begins, Day 1 of presentations
  • Tuesday, 26 November—Conference continues, Day 2 of presentations and poster session
    • Conference dinner
  • Wednesday, 27 November—Field trips
    • Informal social networking evening
  • Thursday, 28 November—Conference ends, Day 3 of presentations

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?
  • Conservation in response to environmental change
  • The contribution of citizen science
  • Hybridisation—an ongoing dilemma for conservation
  • Decoding the green—combating plant blindness
  • What is the fossil evidence for extinction, adaptation and diversification in the assembly of the floras of the SW Pacific?
  • Recent progress in taxonomy and phylogeny of Australasian plants


Details of the programme are now available

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Te Papa’s Te Marae, Rongomaraeroa. Te Marae is an authentic, contemporary, and inclusive marae (communal meeting place) on the 4th floor at Te Papa, with stunning views over Wellington’s harbour. The dinner will include a choice of two mains (as well as cater to dietary requests), and there will be a cash bar. The programme on the night will include a 20–25 minute kapa haka performance by members of the Ngā Karere Māori Club in full regalia, who will perform a variety of songs.