The National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Department of Botany, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will present a one-day symposium titled:
AGENTS OF CHANGE:
Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century
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.
Chipper Wichman, Director & CEO, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
9:20AM Opening Remarks
Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
8:45AM 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
10:40AM Feast or Famine: How we can and will feed 9 billion people
Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank
Dr. Eija Pehu, Advisor on Science and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank
Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, Environment, National Geographic Magazine
11:50AM Biocultural Conservation: Interpreting the richness of the human experience
Dr. Kawika Winter, Director, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, National Tropical Botanical Garden
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
1:50PM Keynote Speaker
Sir Tim Smit, KBE, Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd and co-founder of the Eden Project
2:30PM Operational Sustainability: Are Botanic Gardens an endangered species?
Dr. David Rae, Director of Horticulture and Learning, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sophia Shaw, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Gaynor Coley, Director of Public Programmes, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
3:25PM Expert Panel:
Dr. Michael Maunder, Associate Dean of Research Engagement, Florida International University and Interim Director, The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dr. Paul Alan Cox, Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine
Dr. David Lorence, Co-Director of Science and Conservation, 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
4:30PM Closing Remarks
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance,
FRS, former Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Trustee, the Eden Project
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.
The National Museum of Natural History is located at the intersection of 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560. This entrance is accessible for persons with physical disabilities and offers the most direct access to Baird Auditorium which is on the Ground Floor at the south end of the main corridor. A second public entrance on Madison Drive along the National Mall is where all chartered buses stop for loading and unloading. If you use this entrance you will arrive on the First Floor level. The Ground Floor can be reached by stairs, escalator, or elevator.
Metrorail, Washington's subway system, and Metrobus link the city with nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. The closest Metro Station to the Constitution Ave. entrance is the Federal Triangle Station on the Blue and Orange line or the Navy/Archives Station on the Yellow and Green line. The closest Metro Station to the Madison Ave./National Mall entrance is the Smithsonian Station (Mall exit) on the Blue and Orange line. Either a temporary paper farecard ($1.00 surcharge per ride) or a re-usable Smart-Trip card can be purchased in any station at an automated kiosk. Both can be pre-loaded with value using cash or a credit card. Fares vary by time of day and distance between stations. 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).
Public parking is not available at the museum. On-street parking is limited and posted times are enforced. There are numerous commercial parking lots and garages located nearby. An excellent online resource to research parking locations, prices, and availability is SpotHero.com. Simply enter National Museum of Natural History, National Mall, Washington, DC 20004, USA in the address bar for a list of over 8 garages less than 0.5 miles from the museum.
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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