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The National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will present a one-day symposium entitled:

AGENTS OF CHANGE:
Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century

 

Topics:
Extinction or Survival: Conserving plants in a changing world
Feast or Famine: How we can and will feed 9 Billion People
Biocultural Conservation: Interpreting the richness of the human experience
Operational Sustainability: Are Botanic Gardens an endangered species?


What lies ahead as the world faces grave challenges to the natural environment, struggles to feed the hungry, and loses cultural diversity? This symposium will bring together the world's leading scientists, researchers, academics, and garden leaders to share the most pressing issues, trends, and solutions.

 

This event will be held in the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.


 

Opening Remarks by Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
Keynote Speaker - Sir Tim Smit, KBE, Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd
and co-founder of the Eden Project
Closing Remarks by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, FRS,
former Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Trustee, the Eden Project

 

Extinction or Survival: Conserving plants in a changing world

Dr. John R. Clark, Co-Director of Science and Conservation, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dr. Kayri Havens, Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden
Dr. Lucinda McDade, Executive Director, Judith B. Friend Director of Research, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden


Feast or Famine: How we can and will feed 9 billion people

Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank
Dr. Eija Pehu, Advisor on Science and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank
Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden


Biocultural Conservation: Interpreting the richness of the human experience

Dr. Will McClatchey, Vice President and Director of Research, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Dr. Alan Touwaide, Visiting Researcher, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Dr. Kawika Winter, Director, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, National Tropical Botanical Garden


Operational Sustainability: Are Botanic Gardens an endangered species?

Gaynor Coley, Director of Public Programmes, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Dr. David Rae, Director of Horticulture and Learning, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sophia Shaw, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden


Discussion Panel:

Dr. Paul Alan Cox, Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine
Dr. Christopher Dunn, Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations, Cornell University
Dr. David Lorence, Co-Director of Science and Conservation, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dr. Michael Maunder, Associate Dean of Research Engagement, Florida International University and Interim Director, The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dr. John H. Rashford, Professor of Anthropology, College of Charleston
Dr. Warren Wagner, NTBG's McBryde Chair of Hawaiian Plant Studies and Chair of Botany, Research Botanist and Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

...and more

 

Download the event flyer, including list of speakers, here or at: ntbg.org/symposium

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 

Full-day Symposium 9am-5pm $125
(includes morning refreshments and lunch)

Half-day Symposium 2pm-5pm $90

 

The National Tropical Botanical Garden will also offer a Gala Dinner at the St. Regis Hotel featuring:
Thomas L. (Tom) Friedman, Pulitzer prize-winning author & columnist for The New York Times

 

Gala Dinner 7pm $400

Purchase tickets for symposium and/or dinner at: ntbg.org/symposium

 

 

 

The National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution dedicated to tropical plant research, conservation, and education, with an emphasis on species at risk. NTBG's headquarters, primary science and conservation facilities, four gardens, and five preserves are in the Hawaiian Islands, while its fifth garden is located in South Florida. Field exploration expands its work beyond Hawaii into the greater Pacific Islands region. Chartered by Congress to serve a great public need, NTBG is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

 

The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Through its research, collections, education and exhibition programs, NMNH serves as one of the world's great repositories of scientific and cultural heritage as well as a source of tremendous pride for all Americans.

 

 

Venue

The National Museum of Natural History is located at the intersection of 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560.

The symposium will be held in the Baird Auditorium.

Transportation

Metrorail, Washington's subway system, and Metrobus link the city with nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. The closest Metro Station to the National Museum of Natural History is the Federal Triangle Station on the Blue and Orange line. The closest Metro Station to the U.S. Botanic Garden is Federal Center SW Station on the Blue and Orange line. For a Metrorail map and more information, visit the Metro website.

Washington is served by three major airports: 1) Ronald Reagan National Airport (most convenient for domestic travelers), 2) Dulles International, and 3) Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).

Parking

Parking is not available at the museum. There are parking garages nearby.

Accommodations

Professional visitors are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. There are dozens of lodging options in the Washington, DC region for any budget. Search the Smithsonianmag.com database of over 200 hotels in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
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