Call for Symposia, IBC 2024 (Madrid)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Two years ahead of the XX International Botanical Congress, we are pleased to launch the Call for Symposia. We encourage researchers worldwide to submit symposium proposals on a variety of topics through the IBC website. The call for symposia will remain open until December 30th, 2022. Symposia constitute a very important component of the XX IBC, please submit a proposal and help shape the meeting’s program! Also note that diversity of speakers in terms of gender, career stage, and geography will be one of the criteria for selecting proposals. Symposium proposals that bridge two or more of the 31 proposed topics, including novel views and/or multi-disciplinary research perspectives, are especially encouraged.

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee of the XX IBC.

Call for symposia

Proposal submission now available! The scientific committee will evaluate symposium proposals based on potential audience interest, scientific quality, and diversity of speakers in terms of gender, career stage, and geography, among others. Symposium proposals that bridge two or more of the 31 proposed topics, including novel views and/or multi-disciplinary research perspectives are especially encouraged. We will make an effort to accept as many proposals as possible. Each symposium will last for 2 hours and will consist of six 20-minute oral communications (15 min presentations + 5 min Q&A). To maximize the interchangeability of participants among concurrent symposia, changes to this schedule will not be allowed. Deadline for symposium proposals 30 December 2022. Proposal Submission


  1. Agroforestry Systems
  2. Bioinformatics
  3. Biogeography / Phylogeography
  4. Botanical History
  5. Bryology
  6. Comparative Genomics / Transcriptomics
  7. Conservation Biology
  8. Crops and Wild Relatives
  9. Development and Structure
  10. Ecology and Plant Communities
  11. Ecophysiology
  12. Education and Outreach
  13. Ethnobotany
  14. Floristics
  15. Functional Genetics
  16. Global Change Ecology
  17. Hybrids and Hybridization
  18. Mycology and Lichenology
  19. Macroevolution
  20. Paleobotany / Archaeobotany
  21. Phycology
  22. Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics
  23. Physiology
  24. Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions
  25. Plant Biotechnology
  26. Palynology
  27. Population Genetics
  28. Pteridology
  29. Restoration Ecology
  30. Reproductive Biology
  31. Systematics  

Conference on eDNA and metabarcoding in Trondheim, Norway

We welcome participants to the BIOSCAN NOReDNA Conference, November 9-10, 2022:

The aim of the conference is to bring together national researchers and stakeholders, as well as relevant Nordic partners and world leaders in this field to share experiences and encourage implementation of validated eDNA methods in research, management and regulation. The conference will be a meeting point for 110 participants and a venue to share current research, experience, standardization progress, biodiversity management and more that use eDNA and DNA metabarcoding.

Invited speakers are:
Sophie Arnaud-Haond, University of Montpellier, France
Kristine Bohmann, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gentile Francesco Ficetola, University of Milan, Italy
Tomas Roslin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Registration for the BIOSCAN – NOReDNA Conference is free of charge and includes lunches and conference dinner. Participants book their own travel and accommodation.
Extended deadline for registration: August 1, 2022

Looking forward to see you in Trondheim!

Torbjørn Ekrem
For the Organizing Committee

Invitation to the Zoologica Scripta Symposium on ’The Role of Systematics for Understanding Ecosystem Functions’

On behalf of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Editors of the Zoologica Scripta, you are kindly invited to Zoologica Scripta Symposium on ’The Role of Systematics for Understanding Ecosystem Functions’

Time: 25.08.2022 09.30 – 25.08.2022 17.00

Place: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Dr. Cecilia Lindblad, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Hugo de Boer, University of Oslo, Natural History Museum
  • Dr. Veronika Johansson, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics
  • Dr. Torsten H. Struck, University of Oslo, Natural History Museum
  • Dr. Niklas Wahlberg, Lund University
  • Dr. Maarten Vanhove, Hasselt University, Centre for Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Dieter Piepenburg, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
  • Dr. Paula Pappalardo, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  • Dr. Bente Edvardsen, University of Oslo, Department of Biosciences, Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology

The symposium will end with a dinner including a wrap-up address ’The End of Evolution’ 
by Dr. Matthias Glaubrecht, Centre of Natural History, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Hamburg

Read more about the programme

Sign up to the event

Systematikdagarna 2022

Efter två års uppehåll och digitala alternativ, siktar vi i år på att kunna genomföra en konferens på plats. Välkomna till Stockholm och Naturhistoriska riksmuseet den 21-22 november! Mer information kommer senare.

The Systematikdagarna 2022 conference will take place at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, 21-22 November. More information will be provided. Welcome!

Scientist’s Position – Head of Research Group ”Plants” at the Botanic Garden Berlin

the Botanic Garden Berlin looks for an experienced plant taxonomist/systematist to lead the research group ”plants” at the Botanic Garden Berlin.
You’ll find the job announcement here (in German only):—Leitung-Pflanzen.html

Bauhin symposium, Basel, Switzerland, 15-16 September 2022. Call for contributions.

An ever widening array of research disciplines require access to plant specimens preserved in herbaria, because they provide data calibrated in absolute time. In an era when land use and the global climate rapidly change, technological innovations, such as ancient DNA sequencing and digital specimens, are opening new avenues for timely research, leveraging the the specimens that were accumulated over more than four centuries of plant collecting. This year, 2022, marks the 400th anniversary of one of the first regional floras, published by Caspar Bauhin (1560-1624) based on his herbarium that survives to today. 

To celebrate the deep history of plant collections, and to explore the cutting edge of herbarium-based research, we are organizing a two-day international symposium in Basel, Switzerland, in honor of Caspar Bauhin: “400 Years of Botanical Collections – Implications for Present-Day Research”.

Please submit your abstract for talks and posters on any topic in any discipline that leverage herbarium specimens. We particularly encourage contributions that make use of specimens in non-standard ways and that push the boundaries of what is currently possible.

Registration is now open. 

Please consult the symposium website for all details.

Scientific committee:  Tinde van Andel, Clusius Professor History of botany and gardens, Leiden University and Naturalis, NL; Freek T. Bakker, Professor of Molecular Systematics, Wageningen University, NL; Mark Carine PhD, Principal Curator in Charge, Botanical Collections, Natural History Museum London, UK; Stefan Eggenberg PhD, Head National Data and Information Center on the Swiss Flora (InfoFlora), Bern; Jason Grant, Professor of Biology and Director of the Herbarium, University of Neuchatel; Flavio Häner PhD, Historian of Science and Collections, Cultural Property Protection Expert, Basel; Ansgar Kahmen, Professor of Botany, Director Botanical Garden and Herbarium, University of Basel; Gudrun Kadereit, Professor of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants, Head Botanical Garden and Herbarium, University of München, DE; Austin Mast, Professor of Biology and Director of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University Tallahassee, USA; Reto Nyffeler PhD, Curator of Phanerogams, University of Zurich; Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University, USA; Michelle Price, Professor of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, University of Geneva; Head of Science and Head of the Cryptogamic Herbarium, Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Vice-Chair of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF); Verena Schünemann, Professor of Paleogenetics, University of Zurich & University of Vienna; Yvonne Willi, Professor of Ecology, University of Basel

Key note lectures:  Richard B. Primack, Boston University, USA: “Mobilizing herbarium specimens, botanical gardens, historical data sets and citizen science observations to investigate the biological effects of climate change”; Hernán A. Burbano, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, UK: ”A retrospective view on plant genetic diversity using ancient DNA”

For the organizing committee:

Jurriaan de Vos, Leading Curator, Herbaria Basel (BAS / BASBG / RENZ), University of Basel

Jürg Stöcklin, President, Basel Botanical Society

Sylvia Martinez, Dept of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel

Seksjonssjef for Botanisk hage

The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, is recruiting a new director for its botanical garden section. The living collections include over 5500 plant taxa from across the world, and are used in teaching, outreach, research and nature management. In addition to showing plant biodiversity the gardens are also important for ex situ conservation, the national seed bank, research collections and the garden database.

The new director of the botanical garden is responsible for strategic planning, development and daily management of the section. The appointee should have a genuine interest in leading a diversity of functions with overall responsibility for daily running, human resources, economy and the scientific tasks. The position is placed directly under the museum director.

Up to 40% can be used for research related tasks. We are seeking to recruit a person with a research profile relevant to living plant collection, nature types, ex-situ conservation or experimental botany research. The applicant should motivate how the research will be adapted and integrated into the gardens professional profile. The director of the garden will collaborate with scientific employees in the Department of Science and Collections, especially those that are responsible for specific collections and features in the gardens. The appointee can supervise students at all levels and choose to join an existing research group.

To find out more about the required and desired qualifications, profile and application procedure, please see link below. Application deadline will be March 31st 2022.

Enhetschef med inriktning taxonomi och artinformation till SLU Artdatabanken

SLU Artdatabanken är ansvariga för regeringens satsning Svenska artprojektet, som har som mål bland annat att beskriva och tillgängliggöra information om alla flercelliga arter i Sverige och att bidra till att nå nationella och internationella mål för naturvården och inom andra områden. Artdatabanken har en ny organisation sedan årsskiftet där flera enheter delar på ansvaret för att producera, sammanställa och tillgängliggöra information om Sveriges arter. Enheten för taxonomi är central i detta arbete och skapar strategiska och praktiska förutsättningar för att nå Svenska artprojektets mål. Till exempel har vi hand om den centrala svenska taxonomiska ryggraden (känd som Dyntaxa) och den systematiska kunskapsspridningen både digitalt och i form av referensverket Nationalnyckeln till Sveriges flora och fauna. Enheten ansvarar också för Artdatabankens forskningskansli, som fördelar medel från Svenska artprojektet till taxonomisk forskning och biologiska samlingar. Till denna enhet söker vi nu en enhetschef

Sista ansökningsdag 2022-02-28