Our Victorian Translocation Symposium had an incredible 299 people register with over a third of this number online during each event. Thank you to everyone who joined us and for all our fantastic speakers, we appreciate you spending your time to share your expertise with our community.
The recording for Part 1 of the Symposium is available to watch now on the ANPC YouTube channel. Part 2 will be uploaded soon. For those who registered please keep an eye on your inbox, we will be sending an email survey out shortly to hear what you liked and what we could improve on to make these events even more enjoyable and informative.
Our friends in the BGANZ BCARM team are holding a fantastic forum this month on managing collections susceptible to the pathogen Myrtle Rust. Speakers include Amanda Shade from Kings Park, Rick Ackland of the North Coast Botanic Gardens and Damian Wrigley and Brad Desmond from the Australian Seed Bank Partnership. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the upcoming survey to list myrtle rust-susceptible plant species. The forum will take place online at 1pm AEST Thurs 11 Aug, details in their latest newsletter.
Our conference recordings are available to purchase with a discount for ANPC members!. This gives you access to three days of plenaries and workshops from the 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference held in April.
On 2 June we held Day 2 of the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment. This invitation-only hybrid event was hosted by the Shine Dome in Canberra. It was funded by the Australian Academy of Science and through the expert workshop component of funding from The Ian Potter Foundation. We had 44 attendees either in person, online or in hubs in WA, Victoria and NSW.
We started the day with a speech from The Ian Potter Foundation’s Senior Project Manager, Louise Arkles, and an evaluation of the Germplasm Guidelines project outputs and impact. Dr TJ Higgins AO FAA FTSE welcomed attendees to the Shine Dome on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science. Jacqui Goonrey, Director of the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner, spoke about the important role of ex situ conservation, including seed banking and living collections, in helping to insure our plant species against extinction. The rest of the day was dedicated to discussion and activities about plants that require complementary methods of ex situ conservation, in addition to seed banking. We discussed the types of habitats and threat combinations that require prioritisation of these methods for both threatened and at-risk species. We plan to use the evaluation session in our reporting and strategic planning for ANPC; and the exceptional species discussion to write up a scientific paper in the next year.
Image of in person conference participants by Damian Wrigley