5GBGC - latest news
8 October 2013
Over 300 people from over 40 countries have now registered for the Congress and the scientific programme has been finalised.
All the latest news and information about the congress is provided below:
Spreading the word through twitter: We are using #BGCI2013 to spread the word and share information about the congress through twitter. Please help us by tweeting about your preparations and hopes for the Congress.
On-line registration: Online Congress registrations closed on Friday 4th October 2013. Anyone now wishing to register must do so in person at the Congress. Registrations will be from 7.30am to 9.00am each day. Only cash payments will be accepted on these days as there are no Credit Card facilities available at the Dunedin Centre.
Special invitation - Alveston House: Olveston House in Dunedin has kindly extended an invitation to the members of BGCI, ICOM New Zealand and accompanying people to visit and take a tour free of charge (normally NZ$25) on the morning of the 25th of October, from 9am. Those accompanying members of either organisation are welcomed on their own as well. For those able to make it, ICOM New Zealand would like to offer morning tea at Olveston House. It is not necessary to be attending either conference. Bookings are, however, essential for catering purposes. Please contact Olveston House directly on email@example.com.
Scientific programme: The detailed programme is available on the website (www.5GBGC.com) . If you are making a presentation, please check the programme on the website to find out when you will be speaking.
Guidelines for speakers: Oral presentations should last for 20 minutes (including a few minutes for immediate questions). General questions and discussions will be held in each session after all the presentations have been made. Rapid fire presentations should last for an absolute maximum of 10 minutes. Computer projector facilities will be available in each room. Please let us know if you will require any other resources for your presentation.
Filming at the Congress: We are hoping to film all plenary sessions and selected parallel sessions during the Congress. The films will be made available on the internet via the BGCI website. If any speaker does not wish to be filmed, or has any concerns about this, please let us know. We will assume that unless otherwise advised, all speakers give their permission to be filmed.
Silent auction: We are planning to hold a silent auction on Thursday 24 October prior to the Conference Dinner. This will be in aid of the Sylvia Scholarship Fund to support training in botanic gardens in developing countries. We hope many of you will buy gifts during the auction but please note that payment will need to be in cash (NZ$) only. (More information about the Sylvia scholarship fund is available here:
Special events during the Congress: As part of the scientific programme, a number of additional workshops / events will be held during the week. These include:
Congress tours: The pre-Congress tour is virtually at capacity, however Post-Congress Tours are still available – please contact Mark Hanger at Nature Quest New Zealand, firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the Congress website for further information.
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