Taxonomy for Plant Conservation – Ruia mai i Rangiātea – Wellington

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2019 ASBS-NZPCN joint conference
24–28 November 2019, Wellington, New Zealand

The Australasian Systematic Botany Society and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network are proud to announce our joint conference Taxonomy for Plant Conservation – Ruia mai i Rangiātea in November 2019.

Attending this conference is a must do for anyone who is passionate about science and conservation of native plants in New Zealand and Australia.

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

  • Get up to date with 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 about a range of issues at our workshops
  • There will be opportunities to tour the Te Papa herbarium and Otari Native Botanic Gardens

Our programme in brief:
Sunday 24 November
Workshops at various locations; welcome reception at Te Papa; after-hours access to new Taiao-Nature exhibition

Monday 25 November
First day of presentations; public lecture in the evening

Tuesday 26 November
Second day of talks; conference dinner in the evening on Te Marae at Te Papa

Wednesday 27 November
Field trips at various locations

Thursday 28 November
Final day of talks; conference closes; public lecture in the evening.

A more detailed programme, calls for abstracts and registration fees will be available in early 2019.

About the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS)
With over 300 members, the ASBS is an incorporated association of people with professional and amateur interests in Australasian systematic botany. The aim of the Society is to promote the study of plant systematics in Australasia.

Plant systematics includes taxonomy and nomenclature, and is the science that unravels the relationships and evolutionary history of the flora. It provides the framework for all comparative biology and is essential for the identification and conservation of threatened species, the management of native vegetation, and the detection of naturalised species.

There are many benefits to joining the ASBS, including reduced conference registration fees! To learn more, or become a member, see their website:

About the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN)
The NZPCN was established in April 2003 and has since grown to more than 800 members worldwide. The Networks vision is that “the rich, diverse and unique native plant life of New Zealand is recognised, cherished and restored”. They facilitate and advocate for plant conservation and provide information and support to plant conservation practitioners, landowners and managers via their website, monthly newsletter, biennial conference, and workshops.

There are many benefits to joining the NZPCN, including reduced conference registration fees! To learn more, or become a member, see their website:

Conference Sponsorship
Participating as a sponsor at the conference will lead you to a range of people involved in plant conservation, taxonomy and related fields and demonstrate your level of support and commitment to native plant conservation.

Our 2019 ASBS-NZPCN joint conference has several sponsorship packages available, providing sponsors with a choice of exposure related to financial commitment.

The 2019 ASBS-NZPCN joint conference can provide your organisation with:

  • Exposure at a premier conference devoted to leaders in plant conservation work and scientific research.
  • Time to network with industry colleagues and key decision makers.
  • A cost effective way to reinforce your organisation’s brand to a relevant audience.
  • Access to a broad network of potential partners from the public and private sector.
  • Marketing opportunities including online visibility and associated conference material.

We therefore invite you to discuss with us options available to tailor-make a sponsorship package that best suits your organisation.

Conference contacts and information
Key conference organisers: Rewi Elliot (NZPCN) and Heidi Meudt (ASBS).

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