Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.


If you have research, experience or ideas on  the connection between people and plants and the importance of plants for our communities and the health of the planet then we want to hear from you. We also want you to suggest (and run) workshops to share your great ideas and experiences in a more hands on way.

Plants are integral to culture and wellbeing.  We want to explore stories from the past as well as look into the future. Our role in botanic gardens is to enable visitors to immerse themselves in these stories and understand the multiple values of plants.  Conserving plants both to enable to their continued use but also their intrinsic value and role in ecological communities is a key role of Botanic Gardens worldwide.

Let’s explore some inspiring projects as well as look at the way we do things to ensure we are always improving and building on the way we engage people in conservation and work in respectful and collaborative partnerships within and outside of gardens.


Abstracts are invited for the following presentation types:

  1. Monday afternoon 10x10 session - Exploring the role of Botanic Gardens in articulating the cultural origins and uses of plants and how we communicate those stories in effective, meaningful and inspiring ways. Format updated to 10 minutes with any questions to be asked at breaks at an individual level.
  2. Tuesday afternoon 10x10 session - Exploring Botanic Gardens’ roles in plant conservation, managing collections, the ‘why’ of botanic gardens and innovative ways in which gardens increase the visibility of the importance of plants in peoples’ lives.  Format updated to 10 minutes with any questions to be asked at breaks at an individual level.
  3. Workshops – Held on either Monday or Tuesday, workshops should be active, “hands on” with a focus on professional development for botanic garden’s staff – an opportunity for you to share your experiences and skills with more than just words! During submission indicate a preference for either one- or two-hours length.
  4. Posters – An opportunity to share your work visually. Posters to be supplied by presenter, maximum size A0.


Submission guidelines

  • Your abstract must be submitted as plain text.
  • Please only upload your abstract body without title, authors or affiliations.
  • There is a word limit of 250 words. Images are not allowed.

Submission Deadline

14 April 2019 (Extended deadline)

Language of Submission

All abstracts must be submitted in English or accompanied by a version in English.

Review and Notification to Authors

All completed abstracts will be reviewed. You will be informed by email of the acceptance status of your abstract by 26 April, 2019.


All presenters are required to register and pay the congress registration fee in order to be included in the program and to present on site. Registration and payment of registration fee by presenters of accepted abstracts must be completed no later than 26 July, 2019.


Accepted abstracts will be published in the event app. By submitting an abstract, authors agree to publication of same by BGANZ.


Workshop and speed presentations will be included within topical sessions of the official congress programme.

Posters will be on display throughout the congress. Poster to be supplied by presenter , maximum size AO.