Associated events

  • Pre-conference workshop
  • Art exhibition
  • Field trip


How to provide effective peer review of taxonomic manuscripts and Flora treatments

To the uninitiated, taxonomic papers and Flora accounts look simple to prepare but this belies reality—as is often the case with taxonomy itself, the devil is in the detail.

Editors from several Australian journals and the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) have joined forces to present a workshop on how to review (and to some extent write) taxonomic manuscripts and Flora of Australia treatments.

You will receive training on:

  • what to look for when assessing taxonomic research
  • writing review reports to meet the needs of the editor and the author/s
  • writing and reviewing taxon descriptions
  • how to review keys and use KeyBase, and
  • how to review treatments on the new Flora of Australia digital platform

You will also be alerted to some of the things that can go wrong if you don’t adhere to the International Code of Nomenclature.

Peer review is a great opportunity to play a greater role in the botanical research community, improve critical thinking skills, and gain valuable experience that will help improve your own papers. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to attend but the workshop is open to anyone. Note participants will need to bring their own laptop.

Ideally you will attend the whole workshop, but there may be an option for just the ABRS session in the afternoon (depending on numbers).

Workshop contact: Juliet Wege, Nuytsia Managing Editor,

Numbers are limited (the workshop is now at capacity).

Art Exhibition

Matrix 1, 2016 (Donna Davis)

Donna Davis, Matrix 1, 2016. Pigment print on Hahnemuhle fine art rag, 60x60x5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Systems is an exhibition that celebrates the diverse and curious biological systems of Australia’s living world.

Coinciding with the Australasian Systematic Botany Society 2018 conference, Mind the Gap, this exhibition showcases South East Queensland-based artists who take inspiration from living systems, revealing links between art, science and nature.

Systems will be launched during the conference welcome reception.

Here is a taste of some of the artwork to be exhibited.

Field Trip

Continuing our Mind the Gap theme, the 2018 ASBS conference field trip will take us to Springbrook and to the precipice of the remains of the Mt Warning caldera. The ancient lava flows of this giant shield volcano are swathed in bryophyte-laden subtropical and temperate rainforests, criss-crossed by swift-running streams. These closed communities are flanked by wet sclerophyll forests of towering Eucalypts and Brush Box, possessing a wide variety of understorey vegetation from tall shrub lands to heath communities. The many lookouts and walking tracks of the area, provide ample scope for visitors to experience a wide range of plant communities atop the basalt and rhyolite slopes and ridges. As Springbrook has amongst the highest rainfall in south-east Queensland, participants should come prepared with a rain jacket and/or umbrella. In December, temperatures can be warm to hot during the day and severe thunderstorms are also possible.

If you intend collecting specimens, please ensure you have obtained a permit to do so from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science at the website below. Apply early—at least eight weeks in advance is recommended.

This excursion will depart the Queensland Herbarium at 7:30 am. It takes approximately 1.5–2 hours to reach Springbrook where we will spend the day. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas will be provided. We will depart in time to reach our dinner destination (cost not included) by 6 pm. Return time to the Queensland Herbarium is estimated to be around 9:30 pm. Please ensure you have accommodation booked for this evening.

Depart: 7:30 am
Return: 9:30 pm

Numbers are limited (the field trip is now at capacity).