Annual Conference taking place at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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
Keith Manger, H&S and Estates Liaison Officer
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’
Jane Challenor, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew /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
Establishing a Wildlife Garden  Tom McCarter, Garden Manager, Natural History Museum
Community Activity linked to Kew Science – Seth Richardson, Community Learning Coordinator/Science team RBG, Kew
UN Sustainable Development Goals – Bill Scott, National Association for Environmental Education

3.15 SOAP BOX SESSION: Contributors to include Grow Wild, BGCI and STEM ambassadors
4.30JAM 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 including Endeavour – creating an on-line learning platform, STEM Ambassadors, Sarah Oldridge – Collaborative Art and Early Years community engagement. Adam Rouilly Botanical Models will also be on display.
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
Communicating Climate Change – Kate Graham and Kristy Rogers, Kew Learning Team
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: James Wong, Botanist, Science Writer & Broadcaster.  

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
Green Schools Project: Henry Greenwood 
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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