Botanists from all over Pennsylvania have joined together to host the 3rd Biennial PA Botany Symposium November 18-19 at the Penn State Hotel Conference Center in State College.
The focus of the Symposium is to bring together a diverse audience from amateur to academic botanists, and those interested in the natural world in general.
It will provide rich, hands-on workshop opportunities, presenters who are leaders in the field, opportunities for students to engage with professionals, and time to come together to share our work and celebrate our botanical heritage.
Invited speakers have been carefully selected to share their expertise on a variety of botanical topics including taxonomy, conservation, ecology, biology, history and floristics. Research results will be presented, but at a level appropriate for an audience of diverse backgrounds.
The keynote speaker will be Reed Noss, Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor, University of Central Florida, Department of Biology, who will give a talk titled, “Competing Values of Modern Conservation: Can They Be Reconciled.”
Three full-day and three half-day botany workshops will be offered this year on Friday. This year we are adding an exciting new element to the Pennsylvania Botany Symposium — a student poster session! This will take place during our Friday evening social event.
This session is intended to provide our ‘next generation of botanists’ an opportunity to present their research and engage with professional botanists and botanical enthusiasts from around the region.
The Friday evening event also provides attendees from all walks of life to interact, network and learn about new technologies, opportunities and services from our exhibitors.For all the details, visit the PA Botany Symposium webpage.