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Next Generation Pteridology

13th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

12th Symposium of the International Organization of Plant Biosystematists

1-5 June 2015 in Washington D.C.

National Museum of Natural History &
United States Botanic Garden


With support from:

  • United States Botanic Garden
  • Journal of Systematics and Evolution
  • International Organization of Plant Biosystematists
  • International Assocation of Plant Taxonomy
  • Cuatrecasas Family Foundation
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany

 


Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

United States Botanical Garden

IAPT

IOPB IAPT

National Museum of Natural History

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See below for updates concerning conference registration, abstract submission, and other topics. If you have questions, or would like to be added to the distribution list for conference-related announcements, please email: sbs@si.edu.

17 October 2014: Updates

A tentative program is now provided and the logistics page has been updated. We expect to announce conference colloquia and workshops by the end of October.

15 September 2014: Call for Workshops

Proposals are now being accepted for conference wrokshops. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic and directly engage the participants in a particular activity. Possible formats or elements may include hands-on activities, demonstrations, tutorials, or discussions. Workshops relevant to newly emerging fields, targeting understudied/neglected topics, or otherwise being of broad interest will be most competitive.

Workshop proposals should include: (1) the workshop title; (2) the names and institutional affiliations of the organizers; (3) a short abstract outlining the rationale and goals of the workshop; (4) the preferred duration of the workshop; and (5) the anticipated number of participants. Proposals (PDF) should be emailed to Eric Schuettpelz (schuettpelze@si.edu), who will confirm receipt. The deadline for full consideration of workshops proposals by the selection committee is 15 October 2014.

28 August 2014: Call for Colloquia

Proposals are now being accepted for conference colloquia. Each colloquium will consist of either six 30-minute or twelve 15-minute time slots and will likely include a combination of invited and contributed presentations. Topics centered on newly emerging fields, synthesizing existing areas of research, or otherwise being of broad interest will be most competitive. Colloquium organizers are expected to assemble a diverse (in terms of gender, seniority, nationality, etc.) lineup of speakers.

Proposals for colloquia should include: (1) the colloquium title; (2) the names and institutional affiliations of the organizers; (3) a short abstract outlining the rationale and goals of the colloquium; (4) a preference for 30-minute or 15-minute time slots; (5) a list of proposed speakers, with institutional affiliations and focal areas (please also indicate whether or not each speaker has been contacted and is planning to attend). Proposals (PDF) should be emailed to Eric Schuettpelz (schuettpelze@si.edu), who will confirm receipt. The deadline for full consideration by the selection committee is 1 October 2014.

PROGRAM

For planning purposes, a tentative schedule is provided below. Although we do not anticipate substantial deviations from this outline, changes are possible. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Monday, 1 June

Opening symposium
Evening reception and poster session

Tuesday, 2 June

Colloquia and contributed talks

Wednesday, 3 June

Colloquia and contributed talks

Thursday, 4 June

Colloquia and contributed talks
Evening conference dinner

Friday, 5 June

Workshops
Fieldtrips

ABSTRACTS

Coming soon.

ABOUT

The past decade has seen remarkable advances in our understanding of fern and lycophyte biology. New sources of data have emerged and novel methods for analyzing these data are being developed. At the same time, many traditional approaches have been revitalized as their unique and specific contributions are more fully realized. With a recent influx of students and early career researchers, the international pteridological community continues to grow. Through more widespread and far-reaching collaborations, the pace of scientific discovery is accelerating, new parts of the globe are being included, and the conservation of these important species in a rapidly changing world is being investigated. This conference aims to bring together the world's pteridologists to celebrate the progress to date and to forecast developments still on the horizon.

For more information, please email: sbs@si.edu.

LOGISTICS

Venues

The National Museum of Natural History is located on the National Mall at the intersection of 10th St and Constitution Ave NW in Washington, DC 20560.

The United States Botanic Garden is also located on the National Mall, at 100 Maryland Ave SW in Washington, DC 20001.

For maps, directions, and additional information, visit the NMNH, USBG, or NPS websites.

Transportation

Metrorail, Washington's subway system, and Metrobus link the city with nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. The closest subway stations to the National Museum of Natural History are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian (both on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). The closest subway station to the United States Botanic Garden is Federal Center SW (also on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). For a Metrorail map and more information, visit the Metro website.

Washington is served by three major airports: Reagan National (DCA), which is most convenient for domestic travelers; Dulles International (IAD); and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). DCA is served directly by Metrorail. IAD and BWI can both be accessed via public transportation, but are not directly served by Metrorail.

Parking is not available at the museum. There are several private parking garages in the vicinity.

Accommodations

There are many hotels in the Washington area. In general, prices decrease with distance from the National Mall (city center); however, it is important to factor in the cost and time required to travel between a particular option and the conference venues. It is recommended that you choose a hotel within walking distance to the National Mall or a Metrorail stop.

The popular online booking sites for travelers should provide you with a range of options. As always, reading reviews can be helpful. Please keep in mind that Washington is a popular tourist destination; for the greatest number of options and best prices, book early.

For those interested in a more affordable, but less private option, we are working to secure dormitory housing at a local university.

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