BGCI's Directory of Expertise

BGCI's Directory of Expertise aims to recognise the unique set of skills and expertise found in botanic gardens.

About the Directory of Expertise

BGCI’s Directory of Expertise is designed to enable experts within botanic gardens to let other people know about their own skills and knowledge and, if possible, help them to solve a problem or challenge related to botanic gardens or plant conservation. As a membership benefit exclusively for BGCI Institutional Members, staff associated with these institutions can apply to be listed in the Directory.

The Directory currently includes 11 areas of expertise: Botanic Garden Conceptualisation and Design, Conservation Assessment, Conservation Horticulture, Ecological Restoration, Exceptional Species, Plant Health and Biosecurity, Policy, Public Engagement, Seed Conservation, Sustainability, and Tree Conservation. These have all been selected because our experience at BGCI suggests that there is a strong demand for such expertise both within the botanic garden community and in other sectors. Further disciplines will be added in the future.

BGCI’s purpose in creating this Directory is twofold: firstly, to share the knowledge and skills in the botanic garden community with broader society to solve problems or save plant species, and secondly to give staff of BGCI Institutional Members opportunities to broaden their experience and make a contribution that might not come their way in day to day work.

Experts in the Directory do not commit to provide their expertise wherever it is required, but agree to be contacted to ask for help, whether that be through partnership or paid for services. Those experts included in the Directory agree to adhere to BGCI’s Code of Conduct. All applications are reviewed by BGCI’s own experts. We also reserve the right to reject applications.

The Directory of Expertise is coming soon and will be launched later in 2020. 

Be Listed as an Expert

To be included in the Directory of Expertise, an individual must be a staff member of a BGCI Institutional Member.

Applicants are required to create a BGCI SheepCRM account, which is linked to the institutional membership, and complete a short questionnaire. Institutional Member Admin Contacts are able to manage their staff through their own SheepCRM Account.

Applicants are also required to upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae. The application is reviewed by BGCI staff before the expert is added to the Directory.

Code of Conduct

Experts in the Directory of Expertise promise to:

  • Supply information honestly and truthfully (through the Directory and when contacted);
  • Practise the highest professional standards at all times;
  • Carry out activities with prior informed consent, according to all relevant international, national and local laws, regulations and customs;
  • Respect and support the priorities and practices of hosts, partners and customers;
  • Respect and adhere to the customs, rights, and traditional knowledge of indigenous people;
  • Share research outputs, publications, data and IP equitably among partners (unless subject to a formal agreement which states otherwise);
  • Respect the confidentiality requirements of hosts, partners and clients;
  • Not give or receive bribes or otherwise act corruptly; and
  • Not cause harm to the environment or biodiversity.

Become a Member

Be part of the largest network of botanic gardens and plant conservation experts in the world by joining BGCI today!

Calling all Experts

As a membership benefit exclusively for BGCI Institutional Members, staff associated with these institutions can apply for inclusion in BGCI's Directory of Expertise.