Securing Our Future Conference Programme

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Optional Pre-Conference Visit to Wakehurst

9.00 Depart Kew, arrive at Wakehurst, coffee
10.45 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO WAKEHURST
Ed Ikin, Head of Wakehurst Landscape and Horticulture: Kew’s wild botanic garden links to Kew science in work of Wakehurst
John Dickie, Senior Research Leader and Assistant Head of Collections: Millenium Seed Bank
Astrid Krumins, Interpretation Manager: Thriving and Surviving – State of the World’s Plants Exhibition
Helen Hicks, Head of Learning: Wakehurst Learning Programme  
12.30 THEMED TOURS OF WAKEHURST to include a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank.  
1.30 LUNCH & FREE TIME TO EXPLORE  
2.45 PLENARY AND QUESTIONS  
3.00 Depart, arrive back at Kew at 4.30
Evening Opportunity for informal networking  

Wednesday 13th November 2019

8.45 Registration and coffee  
9.30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFERENCE THEME ‘SECURING OUR FUTURE’
Julia Willison, Head of Learning and Participation, SRO Grow Wild, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Jane Challenor, RBGK/bgen Director
9.45 OPENING ADDRESS: Sustainable Development Goals and Kew
Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
10.45 GARDEN TOURS Led by the Kew Learning Team
12.00 KEYNOTE SPEECH
Maia Elliot, Analyst and Review Writer, Global Food Security Programme    
12.30 LUNCH  
1.30 WORKSHOP SESSION 1
Community Activity linked to Kew Science – Seth Richardson, Community Learning Coordinator/Science team RBG, Kew
Creating an on-line Learning Platform – Helen Gill, Kate Graham, RBG, Kew
Establishing a Wildlife Garden  
3.15 SOAP BOX SESSION: Contributors to include Grow Wild and other community action organisations  
4.15 BGEN AGM AND 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS  
  Conference closes at 5.30pm. There will be an opportunity for informal networking in the evening

Thursday 14th November 2019

8.45 Arrival, coffee and walk to Temperate House  
9.30 THE TEMPERATE HOUSE PROJECT
  Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Learning and Operations
10.30 SECURING OUR FUTURE IN ACTION!! (you will have time to do all three)
Tours of Temperate House
Public Engagement– showcase session
Self-led walks to Pagoda and Tree Top Walkway
12.00 LUNCH  
1.00 WORKSHOP SESSION 2
Science Capital – Dr Spela Godec, Research Fellow (Youth Equity + STEM project), UCL Institute of Education
UN Sustainable Development Goals – Bill Scott, NAEE
Greening Cities – Sarah Bush, Trees for Cities and Kay Richardson, Ecoactive
3.00 WORKSHOP SESSION 3: Options as Session 2 above
4.30 Conference close  
7.30 CONFERENCE DINNER The Orangery, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Special Guest after-dinner speaker  

Friday 15th November 2019

8.45 Arrival and coffee  
9.15 TALK: State of the World’s Fungi, Growing for the Future Dr Ester Gaya, Research Leader, RBG Kew
10.00 WORKSHOP SESSION 4
Food Forever: Rodrigo Barrios, The Crop Trust
Creating an on-line Learning Platform: Helen Gill & Kate Graham, RBG Kew 
Engaging young people: Olivia Porritt and Youth Forum
12.00 TOURS and ACTIVITIES
Herbarium tours led byNina Davies, Senior Curator-Botanist & Aurelie Grall, Senior Curator-Botanist
Fungarium tours led by Lee Davies, Fungarium Collections Curator
Plant Poetry Corner and Shared Stories led by Seth Richardson, Community Learning Coordinator
1.30 LUNCH and CONFERENCE CLOSE  

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