We’d like to invite everyone to the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment: Exceptional times, exceptional plants.
This one day workshop provides an opportunity for scientists and organisations to better understand which Australasian plant species need alternatives to seed banking and what ex situ conservation options are available (including living collections, cryopreservation and tissue culture). These methods for conserving plant germplasm can help facilitate species recovery and protect species from extinction. The conference will include presentations and a panel session, provide an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and the chance to interact with experts online.
The Fenner Conference is an ideal introduction to key chapters of the new third edition of ‘Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia – strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections’ (also known as the Germplasm Guidelines), which will be launched earlier in the week. Significant advances to identify and conserve ‘exceptional plants’ ex situ have been made since the guidelines were last published. Knowledge-sharing will support plant conservation in this critical time. Sharing our knowledge can help prevent plant extinctions by better understanding species biology as well as providing plants and knowledge to support translocation and ecological restoration.
‘Exceptional times, exceptional plants’ will be held online on Thursday 9th September. This event is free to join, even if you are not attending the Australasian Seed Science Conference. You can register now at
Download the Program here.
After the conference
We will also be holding a writing day, by invitation, to summarise outcomes and recommendations for exceptional species conservation in Australia and New Zealand and conclude the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment in 2022, more details to come.
This workshop is funded by a grant from the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment.
Feature image by Michael Lawrence-Taylor
Orchid Conservation Symposium
The ANPC will be working with project partners to organise an orchid conservation symposium in 2021. This symposium to be held over two days will provide an online forum to increase awareness of the ecology and conservation of orchids amongst practitioners. It will also provide an opportunity to share the project’s results and promote networking among the orchid conservation community. The symposium is scheduled for 22 and 23 June 2021.
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Professor Steve Johnson, Research Chair, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Professor Rod Peakall, Professor in Evolutionary Biology, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia
|Ms Alyssa Weinstein, PhD candidate, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia
|Dr Amy Hinsley, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University, UK
|Dr Belinda Davis, Research Scientist, Kings Park Science, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, WA, Australia
|Dr Bronwyn Ayre, Research Officer, La Trobe University, Vic, Australia
|Professor Celeste Linde, Professor, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia
|Dr Jenny Guerin, Seed Research Officer, South Australian Seed Conservation Centre, Botanic Gardens of South Australia, SA, Australia
|Dr Gunter Fischer, Head of Flora Conservation, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
|Dr Jenifer Wraith, EcoCommons Business/Scientific Analyst and User Support Officer, Griffith University, QLD, Australia
|Mr Len Carrigan, Volunteer, Australian Native Orchids Society, Victoria, Vic, Australia
|Mr Marc Freestone, PhD Candidate, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Australian National University, Vic, Australia
|Dr Myles Menz, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Germany
|Dr Noushka Reiter, Senior Research Scientist, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Australian National University, Vic, Australia
|Mr Richard Dimon, Research Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Vic, Australia
|Dr Russell Barrett, Systematic Botanist, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, NSW, Australia
|Dr Ryan Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, La Trobe University, Vic, Australia
|Mr Tobias Hayashi, PhD candidate, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia
The ANPC is pleased to announce that the 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC13) will be held in Albury from 19-23 April 2021 and hosted by Albury City Council. The conference organising committee has been formed and has started to plan this exciting event. Stay tuned for more information soon. To keep up with the latest news, keep an eye on the conference website here.
The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019, from 13:00 pm to 14:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight-Saving Time) in the Dickson Room, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton, 2601. All financial members are encouraged to attend in a voting capacity to ensure we reach a quorum, and to hear about what the ANPC has achieved over the last year. This includes individual members and representatives of organisational members. Please RSVP to the Secretary, Melissa Millar, by Wednesday 13 November 2019. This will greatly assist us in preparing a successful AGM. The draft Agenda is available here.
Nominations are now open for the following positions on the ANPC Inc. Committee of Management:
• Ordinary members (7 positions)
Nominees for the above positions must complete the ANPC_Committee_Nomination_Form_2019. Nominations must specify the position being sought. For clarification of the duties of the positions, or of the membership status of nominees or nominators, please contact the Secretary well before the deadline. Nominations must be received by the Secretary at least seven days before the AGM, i.e. by close of business on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Nominations may be emailed to the Secretary, or faxed to the ANPC at 02 6250 9599, or mailed to The Secretary, ANPC Inc., GPO Box 1777 Canberra ACT 2601. Nominees need to be nominated and seconded by two (2) members of the Network and these can be submitted separately if required.