Registration and abstracts

To participate in this year’s 2019 ASBS–NZPCN Joint Conference—Taxonomy for Plant Conservation you will need to:

  1. Register—using the online form and note your registration code—as of 1 November 2019, registrations have closed.
  2. Payregistrations have closed (don’t proceed unless you have been specifically directed to by an Organising Committee member by direct correspondence), payment is by credit card or using a PayPal account, payments are handled by PayPal†
  3. Submit your abstractas of 30 August 2019, abstract submissions are now closed.
  4. Come to Wellington in November 2019 and participate in a conference worth remembering!

† Please note that if you forget to pay for something, wish to add another activity after you’ve paid your conference fees, or simply need to use two different credit cards to pay for different parts of your registration—you can make as many seperate payments at different times as needed using the same registration code (so that we know it’s all you!).

We understand circumstances change—if you are unable to attend any or all for what you have paid please contact to see about a refund, however after 1 November we have commitments to our suppliers so this is our cutoff date.


All conference registrations includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches, conference materials and the welcome reception. Please note that there are additional costs to attending the workshops, conference dinner and field trips. Prices quoted are in New Zealand dollars.

All of the options below can be selected on the payment page. Places are limited for workshops and field trips so please pay early to secure your place.


Conference registration

  • Society members* (NZPCN or ASBS): $420
  • Non-members: $525
  • Students, unwaged or retired: $260
  • Single day: $260

*New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) staff can register using the members rate, as DOC is a corporate member of NZPCN

Conference extras

  • Welcome Reception (Sunday, 24 November), included in the price of registration for all registrants. Additional guests $40.
  • Conference Dinner (Tuesday, 26 November) $95 each.
    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.


Workshops will be held on Sunday, 24 November and generally do not include any transport or catering (please bring your own). A list of the seven different workshops follows. For full descriptions and more detailed information, go to the workshops page.

  • Workshop 1: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Australasian endangered plant species—full day—$30
  • Workshop 2: Botanising with iNaturalist, a morning workshop for beginners—half day—$15
  • Workshop 3: Botanising with iNaturalist, an afternoon workshop for advanced users—half day—$15
  • Workshop 4: Plant Identification at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, a morning workshop on ferns—half day—$15
  • Workshop 5: Plant Identification at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, an afternoon workshop on field surveys—$15
  • Workshop 6: Basics of Illustration—full day—$50
  • Workshop 7: Science Communication Skills for Botanists—full day—$75

Field trips

Field trips will be held on Wednesday, 27 November and include lunch and transport. A list of the five different field trips follows. All trips will depart from Te Papa between 8:30–9:00 and return to Te Papa by 17:00. In the unfortunate event of extreme or unsafe weather, some field trips may need to be cancelled or an alternative itinerary offered. In the worst case scenario of field trip cancellation, we will endeavour to refund the field trip cost to participants. Any decisions about field trips will be announced on the morning of Monday 25 November at the conference opening.

For full descriptions and more detailed information, go to the field trips page

  • Field 1: Wild Wainuiomata and Rugged Remutaka Forests—$55
  • Field 2: Spectacular Coastal Parangarahu Lakes and Lowland Forest of Eastbourne—$55
  • Field 3: Wellington’s Rugged South Coast – Restoration of Nature in Te Kopahou and Oku Reserve—$55
  • Field 4: Experience the Emerald in our Harbour — Matiu / Somes Island—$55
  • Field 5: Discover the Collections at Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Te Papa—$45


Abstract submissions are now closed [as of 30 August 2019].

If you are presenting, please check our guidelines to presenter information — and check back closer to the conference for final details.

Student Prizes

The Pauline Ladiges Prize is awarded to the best oral presentation by a student at an ASBS conference. The Poster Prize is awarded to the best poster presentation by a student. Both prizes are sponsored by CSIRO and are open to any student who attends the 2019 ASBS–NZPCN joint conference.

The Bob Anderson Memorial Student Award is awarded to a student from a developing country who presents a talk or poster.

Student Support—ASBS and NZPCN are able to offer some financial support to their student–members to attend the conference.