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  • Botanists of the Twenty-first Century: Roles, Challenges and Opportunities - September 22-25 2014, Paris, France

  • Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century - March 25-27, 2015

    A 2.5-day Summit at UC Berkeley March 25-27, 2015 convening natural and social scientists, managers and practitioners -- 100 years after historic meetings at UC Berkeley helped launch the National Park Service -- to rededicate a second century of science and stewardship for national parks.  This summit will feature visionary plenary lectures, strategic panel discussions on current controversies, and technical sessions of contributed papers and posters. 

    Abstract submission deadline is 1 November 2014. For information, see  

    Keynote Plenary Speaker: E. O. Wilson. Distinguished Plenary Speakers and Panelists: David Ackerly, Jill Baron, Steven Beissinger, Joel Berger, Ruth DeFries, Thomas Dietz, Josh Donlan, Holly Doremus, Ernesto Enkerlin, Carolyn Finney, David Graber, Denis Galvin, Jane Lubchenco, Gary Machlis, George Miller, Hugh Possingham, Jedediah Purdy, Nina Roberts, Mark Schwartz, Daniel Simberloff, Monica Turner, & Jennifer Wolch.

  • BOSON UNILAG 2015 - Plant Science in an Ever Changing World - August 16-20 2014, Lagos, Nigeria
    The Botanical Society of Nigeria invites you to her 2015 International Conference to be held at the University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria. For sponsorship and adverts, please contact or Abstract submission information will be out soon.


    Proposals for Sabbaticals and for collaborative working groups (Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings) are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology. In particular, proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus, or involve evolutionary concepts in non-traditional disciplines, are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students. Proposals for Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings are accepted twice a year, with deadlines on July 10 and December 1. Proposals for Sabbaticals may be one semester to a full year (deadlines June 10 and December 1) or they may be for short-term visits (2 weeks to 3 months; deadlines on January 1, April 1, July 1 and September 1). NESCent is also now seeking to include graduate traineeship to our portfolio by offering one-semester fellowships for graduate students to pursue research either with a NESCent sabbatical scholar or with a NESCent Working Group. For more information, please see our website at

  • IRES: Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Marine Photosynthetic Organisms - Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
    This NSF-funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) will provide US graduate students with opportunities to gain international research experience at the Station Biologique de Roscoff  (SBR) in France, a research and training center in marine biology, oceanography, and marine genomics operated by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Students will work closely with SBR researchers on the molecular ecology and evolution of marine photosynthetic organisms.  SBR is located in Brittany, a western region of France.  Students interested in the program can apply for stays up to 6 months.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information regarding the IRES project and the application process please contact:


  • The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST,, originally funded by the EC in the framework of the EDIT project, has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The programme is open to participants from Europe and from outside of Europe. The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding. The Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014 enables graduate students and early career researchers to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training. The programme includes a great diversity of topics and covers various groups such as diatoms, rotifers and tropical plants.

  • New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at or have a look at: 

  • Go Botany!
    New England Wild Flower Society announces Go Botany, a suite of new on-line tools for anyone interested in plants. Use Go Botany in the field or on your desktop computer to identify and learn about thousands of native and naturalized plant species of New England. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this innovative website is free at Go Botany features an interactive Simple ID Key to 1200 of the more common vascular plants of the region, covering all species groups from aquatic plants to graminoids to trees. In three easy steps, users home in on the identification of a plant species while increasing observational skills. All technical terms are linked to illustrated, pop-up defintions. Users can visit informative species pages to learn more: fun facts and uses, maps of the species range, gorgeous images, information about all its features, look-alike species, and whether it is native, invasive, or rare in New England. Coming soon will be a set of advanced tools for more experienced botanists, including a Full Key, which uses the same friendly interface as the Simple ID Key to identify all 3,500 species, subspecies, and varieties of plants in the New England flora, and a clickable, technical Dichotomous Key that allows users to trace their steps, change their choices, and key out families or genera. A growing body of teaching resources will also be available. Later this summer, the site will introduce PlantShare, an online forum that connects users with other plant enthusiasts to create and share checklists and photographs of species they have seen. New England Wild Flower Society has tested the Simple Key with beginners and experts, students and teachers, aged 8 to 80, and it is welcomed by a broad audience as a way to learn and teach about plants. Go Botany is a user-friendly, comprehensive, and sophisticated web application that allows many people to identify and learn about the plants of our region. Although our emphasis is on the New England flora, botanists throughout the northeast will find it very useful. The Society is also working with several organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, to customize the Go Botany database and software for other regional floras. For more information, contact




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