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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
  • International Organization of Plant Biosystematists
  • International Assocation of Plant Taxonomy
  • Cuatrecasas Family Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany


Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

United States Botanical Garden IOPB


National Museum of Natural History



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:

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 (, who will confirm receipt. The deadline for full consideration by the selection committee is 1 October 2014.


Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, the conference will feature an opening symposium on 1 June, three additional days of focused scientific talks and workshops, a poster session, field trips and garden tours, plus a reception and conference dinner.


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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.

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

The United States Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW in Washington, D.C. 20001.


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

Washington is served by three major airports: 1) Ronald Reagan National Airport (most convenient for domestic travelers); 2) Dulles International; and 3) Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).


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


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