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The Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens (RTBG) are pleased to present the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 (APCC10) which will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, between the 11th - 14th November.

ANPC conferences are a key focal point event at which plant conservation specialists can exchange ideas and make new contacts. APCC10 will bring together a diverse range of the top botanists, ecologists, land managers, and on-ground plant conservation workers from around Australia and New Zealand, to discuss current scientific research and practical experience in the field of plant conservation, in particular for the many threatened plants and ecological communities now listed around Australia.

APCC10 Conference Registration

Only 2 weeks left to register for APCC10! Registrations close 5pm Friday 24 October 2014.

Download the APCC10 Registration Form here.
Please ensure you return your registration form to this email address: ANPC office.

For more information click here.

Please be advised the following tours are now closed, as there are no vacancies available:

Field Trip 2 - Northern Midlands
Field Trip 3 - Central Plateau

Join ANPC today and receive the membership discount! Joining the ANPC will also keep you in touch with plant conservation activities, information, news, and contacts in Australia and internationally. You will receive four editions of our quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation, discounted registration at other ANPC events, and discounted subscription to the Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR) journal. And you will be helping us to prmote and improve plant conservation across Australia!

Early bird prizes announced!

At the ANPC Committee meeting on 8 October 2014, the following prizes were drawn for the early bird conference registrations:

  • First prize: one free 4 day walk on world heritage listed Maria Island, just off the east coast of Tasmania, courtesy of The Maria Island Walk, valued at $2,300. Winner: Ms Emma Dalziell, WA.
  • Second prize: one gift voucher for 1 x Hobart Scenic flight, with Tasmanian Air Adventures, valued at $99. Winner Ms Nicola Barnes, SA.

Congratulations to Emma and Nicola for winning such fabulous prizes!

APCC10 Conference Program

Download the draft APCC10 Program here (updated 20 October 2014).

Click here to read all the conference abstracts.

Download the APCC10 Map here.

The APCC10 Conference Program includes a facinating variety of guest speakers, an innovative technology practical session, some 'behind the scenes' tours of the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, and exciting field trips such as a tour of the Tasmanian Threatened Orchid Project. Social events include a Welcome Reception at Government House, Conference Dinner and Casual BBQ at the end of the conference. In addition, former senator Bob Brown will deliver a Guest Lecture.

The overall theme of APCC10 is “Sustaining Plant Diversity – Adapting to a Changing World”.
"The five sub-themes are:
1/ securing biodiversity.
2/ partnerships for biodiversity
3/ prioritising actions.
4/ animals in plant conservation.
5/ engagement and communication in the modern world.

Climate change is one of the biggest emerging challenges facing plant conservationists today. APCC10 will focus on how native plants are adapting to the changing climate, and what measures are being undertaken to help them adapt, including the development of climate change corridors. It will also report on other exciting developments in pollination ecology, seed germination (including the Australian Seed Bank Partnership), and genetics and conservation. Due to the location of the conference it will showcase many iconic Tasmanian threatened species.

Extend your stay in Tasmania!

Why not combine APCC10 with a holiday in this geographically diverse state where over 40 per cent of the land area is reserved as national park and world heritage area. There are many plants to be seen here that grow nowhere else in the world, and the unique cool temperate rainforests and alpine areas are stunning. Go to the Discover Tasmania website for more information.

Myrtle Beech sponsors

Field Trip Sponsor

AutoRent Hertz, conveniently located at Hobart Airport and Hobart City, can provide all your rental vehicle needs, whether it's a car or a camper van. From small to large cars, SUVs and 6 exceptional camper models to choose from, there's bound to be a vehicle to suit your needs. AutoRent Hertz is 100% Tasmanian-owned and we really know Tasmania. We strongly recommend that visitors explore Tasmania by Campervan or Motorhome. Our beautiful State is unhurried, unspoiled and just perfect for a Camper style holiday. To get a quote or make a booking click here

Discounts for delegates!

All APCC10 delegates will receive a:
* $200 discount for The Maria Island Walk. The island is a great place to see rare Tasmanian orchids and the largest stands of tall Tasmanian Blue Gums in the world. 
* 10% discount on a seaplane adventure with Tasmanian Air Adventures
* 20% discount on entry to the Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania's 'must-see' forest attraction, a 1.5hr drive south of Hobart. Walk among the giants and touch a legendary Huon pine, hunt for mysterious forest fungi, or learn about the important scientific research that goes on right 'next door' to the AirWalk. Experience breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling bridges across the might Huon and Picton Rivers, the thrill of an Eagle hang glide, peaceful forest walks and Tasmanian food and wine in the licensed cafe. To download the brochure, click here
* 20% discount at Hobart Bike Hire including free helmets, locks and maps which indicate safe and desirable cycling routhes around Hobart. These maps are also available on the website under the heading 'Maps&Rides'.

Just mention the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 when you book or pay.

Location and accommodation information

The conference and conference dinner will be held at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel. The discounted room rate ends on 13 October, so don't miss out! For bookings please contact the Reservations Team on 1800 814 676 or email reservations@oldwoolstore.com.au and quote group code  ‘113559’

Speakers sponsor

Download the APCC10 Map here

For catering details, please click here.

Speaker information

APCC10 is shaping up to be an exciting event with many fascinating speakers, including Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Ian Lunt, Australia's Sherlock Holmes of vegetation ecology, from Charles Sturt University. Ian's research interests include ecological restoration, grassland and woodland management, as well as historical changes in Australian ecosystems, and every few weeks he writes about plants, vegetation ecology and conservation on his informative and entertaining blog.

Further information on some of the main speakers can be found here.

Speakers sponsor

And we are delighted that former senator Bob Brown from the Bob Brown Foundation will be our guest speaker at a free public lecture on Thursday 13 November 6-7pm at the Baha'i Centre of Learning for Tasmania.

Public Lecture sponsors

General sponsor

The Earth Welfare Foundation enables and actualises the uptake of environmentally sustainable practices, mainly focussing on biodiversity protection, renewable energy and rural productivity. The Foundation believes that caring for the environment is about respect for all life and making life easier by living by the rules of the ecological game.

Sponsorship opportunities now available!

Help contribute to the conservation of Australia’s unique plants! Businesses and organisations can participate in the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 by becoming a sponsor. For more information, please see the APCC10 Sponsorship Prospectus.

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation or company (as well as your involvement in plant conservation) to representatives from government, academia, community groups and private businesses from across Australia. Please take the time to read the APCC10 Sponsorship Prospectus, and be a part of this premier event in Hobart!  It provides many options for sponsoring the Conference, but the ANPC and the RTBG are happy to accommodate any other forms of sponsorship, including in-kind contributions, following further discussion.