It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2020 Plant Records Conference, hosted by Mainz University Botanic Garden in Germany, in collaboration with Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Floria and IrisBG.
"Starting off in 2016 as a European conference for users of IrisBG, this annual event has evolved into a platform of idea sharing, with participants from all over the world."
You can read more about the conference below, but to read the full description including the preliminary agenda and to register please visit the 2020 Plant Record Conference-page.
Registration is open until April 15th, and the number of available places is limited.
We would like extend a special thank you to Ralf Omlor at the Botanic Garden of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz for hosting the conference. We also thank Reinout Havinga at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Margherita Tinti from Botanical Software for organising the conference.
Hope to see you there!
Øyvind Rustan and Mari Rustan
Mainz Botanic Garden welcomes you to the
2020 Plant Records Conference
Mainz University Botanic Garden is located on campus at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, which with 31,000 students is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. The garden covers 9 hectares and has a collection of more than 8,000 different taxa. It was founded in 1946 by Wilhelm Troll, the most influential plant morphologist in Germany at the time. Due to its location in one of the warmest and driest areas in Germany, plants of the steppe regions and of Mediterranean origin can be grown outdoors. Initially a purely scientific garden for research and teaching, in the last few decades Mainz Botanic Garden has developed into an open and versatile institution supporting the attainment and transfer of knowledge within the university and beyond. Today, the garden’s Green School offers a broad educational programme and the garden itself supports plant conservation projects.
As in previous years, the main focus will be on the challenges participants face in relation to record keeping and collection management. Primarily, the talks will be presented by the community, with developers from IrisBG and Floria invited to complement the programme with training and participate in a Q&A session at the end.
Starting off in 2016 as a European conference for users of IrisBG, this annual event has evolved into a platform of idea sharing, with participants from all over the world. A draft programme will be published later in February.
Community Driven Problem Solving
"What's in my toolbox"
Following the success of past conferences, we will continue the model of community driven problem solving. Contributors are encouraged to discuss the challenges they face in daily record keeping and to invite other delegates to share in their ideas. Presentations and workshops may focus specifically on the software used or may relate to record keeping in general.
We believe in inclusive collection management and our ambition is to make this conference a platform for everyone involved in the record keeping process. As in previous years we hope to see many horticulturists attend the conference.
Fee and registration
Conference fee (Monday and Tuesday): 100€ per delegate
Excursion to Mainzer Sand: no extra costs
Pre-conference dinner on Sunday: 30€
Conference dinner on Monday: 40€
Registration is open until 15 April. The number of available places is limited.
For registration, please go to the 2020 Plant Record Conference-page.
A more detailed agenda will be published by the end of February.
Sunday May 10th: Pre-conference suggestion
- 14:00 - 15:30: Garden tour (also on Tuesday 8-9.30)
- 15:30 - ± 18:30: Visit to Mainzer Sand
- The Mainz Sand Dunes landscape is a nature reserve in the northwest of the city of Mainz. The flora of the Mainz Sand Dunes is considered a relic of post-ice age steppe landscapes that covered large expanses of Central Europe about 9,000 years ago.
- 19:30 Dinner
Monday 11th May: Conference day 1
- 09:00 Coffee / registration at the 'Grüne Schule', which is here.
- 09:30 Welcome and Opening
- Key Note Speech by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Weigend, Nees Institut for biodiversity of plants, University of Bonn
- Presentations, workshops and training
- 17:00 Closing
- 19:00 Conference dinner at a wine tavern Weinstube Michel in the historic centre of Mainz.
Tuesday 12th May: Conference day 2
- 8:00 until 9:30. Garden tour for those who want to join
- 9:30 Welcome & coffee
- Presentations, workshops and training.
- 15:00 Q&A panel with Floria/Botanical Software & IrisBG/Compositae
- 16:00 Closing and drinks
Any questions or suggestions?
We would love to hear from you. Get in touch with Mari.