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Dr Si-Chong Chen and Dr Elinor Breman, both from the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK, will be delivering keynotes at the conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas and attend workshops with leading experts, focusing on the importance of seed science to the future of plant conservation and food security. The ANPC is proud to be collaborating with the Australian Seed Bank Partnership on this conference which will be hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and held at Kambri, Australian National University 5-9 April 2020, with the following themes:

  1. Seed biology and evolutionary ecology – Unlocking the challenges of germination, dormancy and seed ecology in a changing world.
  2. Seed sourcing and end-use – Considering genetic diversity, restoration and translocations as well as sector specific approaches to seed conservation and use.
  3. Seed and gene bank management – The ins and outs of managing ex situ seed banks and gene banks and the methods for maximising seed quality and longevity.
  4. Seeds in culture and society – Sharing stories and learning about cultural seed use, including collaborations between traditional use and ex situ seed banks and gene banks.

Call for abstracts will be opening soon! Visit the website and sign up to received more information as the conference program develops.