Program outline



Time (indicative)


Welcome Mon - 29 Oct 4:00pm to 6:30pm Welcome reception and guided tours of the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Day 1 Tue - 30 Oct 9:00am to 5:00pm Plenary sessions - presentation of major issue review papers
Day 1 Tue- 30 Oct 5:30 to 7:30pm Tour of the National Arboretum
Day 2 Wed - 31 Oct 9:00am to 5:00pm Concurrent sessions - conference presentations and posters
Day 2 Wed - 31 Oct 7:30pm to 10:30pm Conference dinner
Day 3 Thur - 1 Nov 9:00am to 5:00pm Concurrent sessions - workshops
Day 4 Frid - 2 Nov 9:00am to 5:00pm One day field trips
Day 4/5 2 and 3 Nov 9:00am to 5:00pm Two day field trip

Program - detailed

The detailed program is in the Program and Abstract book.

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception for the conference was held in the Eucalypt Lawn at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) Clunies Ross St, Acton. A feature of the Welcome Reception was a 21 Gum Salute to the ANPCs 21 years in plant conservation. Twenty people including some of the ANPC's long standing members were invited to plant a rare eucalypt in the gardens. Click on the image to see photoes of the 21 gum salute.

Plenary sessions

The following speakers presented reviews. Where highlighted, click on the image to go to a recording of that presentation. (These recordings are being added over the coming months)

  • Dr. Linda Broadhurst, Group Leader, CSIRO Plant Industry, ACT 
  • Dr. Jason Cummings, CEO for Greening Australia Capital Region
  • Prof. Kingsley Dixon, Director Science, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, WA 
  • Mr. Andreas Glanznig, CEO, Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre, ACT
  • Dr. Stephen Harris, Section Head, Vegetation Conservation, Dept Primary Ind, Parks, Water & Environment, Tas
  • Prof. David Keith, Australian Wetlands Rivers and Landscapes Centre, University of New South Wales and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage   
  • Dr. Sue McIntyre, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, ACT
  • Emeritus Prof. Henry Nix AO, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, ACT 
  • Ms. Vicki-Jo Russell AM, Manager Policy, Planning and Sustainability, Zoos SA 

Papers from some of the presentations are now available in Australasian Plant Conservation Volume 21 Number 3.

National Arboretum Canberra tour

The participants of the 9th national conference were invited to visit the National Arboretum Canberra (NAC) for a tour on the evening of Tuesday 30th October at 5.30pm.  The NAC is now open and the phase one plantings of 90 forests has been completed.  It will represent trees of over a hundred countries and they have been planted in forests rather than as individuals.  One of the primary themes for the selection of the trees has been conservation.  More information and images can be seen at the National Arboretum website.

Presentation of submitted papers

Wednesday 31 October featured two concurrent sessions for presentation of over 25 submitted papers and a range of posters, all addressing the themes of the conference. Details of these presentations and submitted abstracts are in the Program and Abstract book. Papers from some of the presentations are now available in Australasian Plant Conservation Volume 21 Number 3.


A range of workshop was held on Thursday 1 November in three concurrent sessions. Workshops included:

Three hour sessions:

  • Applying seed science knowledge for better conservation and restoration outcomes
  • Myrtle Rust – a new threat to Australia’s biodiversity

One & half hour sessions:

  • Using Significant Species to Assess the Groundlayer of Grassy Ecosystem Sites
  • The Atlas of Living Australia - supporting plant conservation
  • Private Conservation in NSW: Options and Issues
  • Interactive identification keys
  • Institutional and law reform for invasive species: strengthening the case and helping to bring it about

Field Trips

Three concurrent field trips were offered to conference participants.

Trip 1 (Friday 2 Nov) - Grassland and Woodlands, visiting various sites in the ACT and surrounding NSW looking at management of threatened plants including translocation projects including:

  1. Old Cooma Common  –  Friends of Grasslands and Cooma-Monaro Shire project
  2. Kuma Nature Reserve –  NPWS grassland management for threatened reptiles
  3. Scottsdale  - with talks on:
    1. Scottsdale, a Bush Heritage Australia Reserve
    2. K2C (Kosciusko to Coast) Project, an introduction
    3. Discussion on the Button Wrinklewort work and PAS2
    4. Aromatic Peppercress translocation project
  4. Royalla Swainsona Reserve  –  with talks on:
    1. Woodland conservation at the reserve
    2. Small Purple Pea recovery at the railway easement
    3. Small Purple Pea translocation at the Googong Pipeline Project

Trip 2 (Friday 2 Nov) - Brindabella Ranges, featuring various aspects of vegetation regeneration after the 2003 wildfires in the mountains, including the bogs of the Ginini Ramsar wetlands including:

  • Post 2003 fire regeneration at Picadilly Circus
  • Peat bog rehabilitation work post 2003 bushfire & Northern Corroboree Frog conservation work at Ginini Flat Wetlands/subalpine bog
  • Discussion of Transgrid work at Mr Franklin
  • Management of burnt Pinus radiata plantation to revert to native species at Lower Cotter Catchment

Trip 3 (Friday and Saturday 2/3 November)- Kosciuszko National Park, This tour featured

  • Spagnum bog recovery and ecosystem recovery programs, post-fire regeneration, wood land catchment study sites, Tall Wallaby Grass regeneration and distribution sites.
  • Bushfire CRC Highfire research sites and program
  • Jounama pine plantation restoration to native forest species/Yarrangobilly caves.