Botany 2012 conference information

Information om botanikkonferens med klara systematiska inslag, som kom via IAPTs sändlista.


The organizers of the Botany 2012 conference are pleased that IAPT will be joining us for our annual botany conference in Columbus, Ohio, July 7-11, 2012. I am the organizer of the systematics portion of the conference and I am writing with some information about the conference for those of you who are not regular attendees of our annual meeting.

We anticipate having roughly 1000 attendees at Botany 2012. The conference covers all areas of botany, but systematics is the largest portion of the conference. This year we will have a number of symposia, colloquia and other special sessions that are related to plant systematics, plus the many contributed papers and posters. In addition, there are workshops, field trips, and other activities that hopefully will be of interest. Details on symposia and other offerings are available on the conference web site (<>

The conference web site is now open for abstract submissions and conference registration. Abstract submission deadline is 1 April. Early registration discount rates are good until 15 June. Feel free to contact me with any questions about abstract submission or conference registration.

I would like to make a couple quick points for your information:

Paper submissions- if you will be submitting a contributed paper you may submit it to a disciplinary section (e.g., Systematics Section/ASPT), or you may submit to a “Topic” session that crosses disciplines. You will see a list of these as you begin the abstract submission process. The most relevant one for systematists is “Biogeography.” If your paper has a primary focus on a biogeography (or phylogeography) question you should consider submitting it to the biogeography topic (which I also organize). Of course you are free to submit a paper to any section or topic that is appropriate.
The same information applies to poster submissions. Contributed papers are
15 minutes in length, inclusive of time for questions.

The ASPT banquet will be held on Tuesday night. You can order tickets when you register for the conference. Note that discounted price tickets are available for students. We hope that you will join us for the mixer and banquet.

Field trips- The annual conference always has a great selection of field trips for attendees. You can find information about field trips on the conference web site.

Registration- The registration process on the web site is quite straightforward. When you register for the conference you will use a “ConferenceID” (for BSA members this is the same as your “BotanyID”). If you are not a member of BSA you will need to set up a ConferenceID. You will find instructions on the web page. You can go back to your registration later on the web site and add tickets for banquets or field trips if necessary. But field trips do fill up and it is often too late to purchase banquet tickets on site at the conference so be sure to do this online as soon as possible.

When you register for the conference please be sure to check the box for IAPT membership (and other societies if appropriate). Registration rate is reduced for members of participating societies.

We look forward to you joining us in Columbus. Let me know if you have any questions.

With best wishes,


Patrick Herendeen
ASPT and BSA Systematics Section Program Director Chicago Botanic Garden

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