Botanic gardens in society: visions for the future
SCIENCE FOR SOCIETY
How can botanic gardens use their scientific expertise to help solve the “big issues”?
– Botanic gardens engaging in and with society
– Defining the roles of botanists in solving the “big issues” (water / energy / health / climate change / food security)
– The role of botanic gardens in addressing the research implementation gap (our unique position between research and society)
– Novel and innovative approaches to science and scientific problems: biological diversity
– Defining the roles of botanists in plant preservation and biodiversity conservation
– The role of botanists in decision making at different levels
– From collections to research and vice-versa: how living collections and research interact for the benefit of society
How can botanical gardens ensure that no plant species becomes extinct?
– The roles of living collections and seedbanks in plant conservation: sharing practical knowledge
– Ex situ and in situ conservation: working towards the GSPC targets
– The role of taxonomy in plant conservation
– The responsibility of botanic gardens in introducing neophytes: should we be worried?
– Introduction, reintroduction and eradication: is the cost worth it?
– Botanic gardens and their role in preserving our heritage of domesticated plants
– Ecological restoration or recovery
– The role of genetics in botanic gardens: barcoding and conservation genetics
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
How can botanical gardens communicate with and empower society on the big-issues?
– Exhibitions and popularisation: modern approaches and museology outdoors
– Education, training programmes and capacity building: reinventing old challenges
– Botanical gardens and their publics: engaging with people in a changing world
– Advertising and publicising botanical gardens: impact/role of social networking and digital media
– Old and new tools for outreach and education in plant systematics and evolution
– Citizen Science and botanic gardens: trends and emerging projects
– Encouraging the display of cryptogams in botanic gardens: showing the small and the discrete
– Reaching a new audience: toddlers and teenagers
– Exchange of knowledge: cooperation and solidarity between botanical gardens
How can BG make use of new and emerging management technologies and approaches?
– Collection record management systems
– Organic botanic gardens: a sustainable management for the future
– Environmentally friendly botanic gardens: wastes, energy, resources and infrastructures
– International Policy and Legislation: IPEN, the Nagoya Protocol and its implementation, CITES
– Management policies and challenges in living collections
– Managing and educating visitors: how to prevent theft and damage in botanic gardens
COMMUNICATING VIA LANDSCAPING
How can botanic gardens communicate visions for the future through landscape and design?
– Innovative ideas for the presentation of plants in botanic gardens:
– The representation of natural habitats in botanic gardens
– New ways to approach historical and patrimonial collections
– Opening up botanic gardens: accessibility and exhibitions for all
– Introducing the arts into botanic gardens