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6GBGC plenary videos

Videos of the plenary sessions at 6GBGC are provided below. These include:

Opening ceremony:  

  • Welcome address from the Vice-Mayor of the City of Geneva: Sami Kanaan
  • Welcome and presentation of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of the City of Geneva by the Director and Head of Science: Pierre-André Loizeau  and Michelle J. Price
  • Message from the Federal Office for the Environment: Sarah Pearson Perret
  • Message from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Cristiana Paşca Palmer
  • Welcome address and Opening of the congress by the Secretary General of BGCI: Paul Smith

Keynote talks:

(Brief biographies of the speakers are available here)

  • Cristián Samper - Wildlife Conservation Society: The future of plant conservation: linking to the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Christine E. Edwards - Missouri Botanical Garden: Better conservation through DNA : using conservation genetics to increase the effectiveness of plant conservation efforts
  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares – University of Minnesota: Ecosystem services of trees and tree diversity: Implications for managing Planet Earth in the Anthropocene
  • Marie Haga - Global Crop Diversity Trust: Building the Foundation of Food Security
  • Bernard Baertschi –University of Grenoble: Dignity of Plants
  • Jin Chen - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences:  Environmental education in botanical gardens: a child’s play?
  • Martin Beniston - University of Geneva: Climatic change and the implication for biodiversity conservation in general and botanic gardens in particular

Plenary discussions

Jean Franczyck - Chicago Botanic Garden:  Conversations about Conservation begin with partnerships
Speaker: Jonas Mueller – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Speaker: Princess Basma bint Ali – Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan

Tim Entwisle - Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: Botanic gardens and climate change – how should we respond?
Speaker: Chris Cole – Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia
Speaker: Richard Piacentini - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, USA
Speaker: Natasha de Vere - National Botanic Garden of Wales
Speaker: Christopher Dunn – Cornell Botanic Gardens, USA
Speaker: William Cinea – Cayes Botanic Garden, Haiti

Closing ceremony

  • Prize Giving – Global Seed Conservation Challenge and Marsh Awards: Paul Smith
  • The GSPC as a framework for driving plant conservation action: Chipper Wichman
  • Ensuring the future of plant conservation: taking the GSPC forward beyond 2020: Peter Wyse
  • BGCI’s mission and future priorities: Stephen Blackmore
  • Presentation of the next BGCI Education Congress: Krystina Jedrzejewska
  • Presentation of 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress: Tim Entwisle
  • Closing remarks: Paul Smith and Pierre-André Loizeau


Opening ceremony                                                   Closing ceremony



Keynote talks


 Christian Samper, Wildlife Conservation Society      Christine Edwards, Missouri Botanical Garden



Jeannine Cavendar-Barres, University of Minnesota      Maria Haga, Global Crop Diversity Trust



Jean Franczyck, Chicago Botanic Garden                     Bernard Baertschi, University of Grenoble


Chen Jin, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden      Martin Beniston, University of Geneva


Tim Entwisle, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne