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

 

PLANT CONSERVATION
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

 

MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES
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