Plants, People, Planet Symposium



Our complex relationship with plants has resulted in the world as we know it today shaping not only the Earth’s ecosystems but also its societies and cultures. As the human race continues to grow, the work of plant scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century has never been more important.


It is in this context that we welcome you to join us for the inaugural Plants, People, Planet Symposium, which will take place over two days at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK on 4–5 September 2019. 


This exciting symposium will highlight outstanding plant-based research in its broadest sense and celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and people’s daily lives.


The symposium will have seven sessions: 


Engaging people with plants, Plants and society, Plant conservation, Plant diversity, Plant genomics applications, Plants and global change, Plant natural assets


Leading scientists will speak at the symposium as well as invited early career researchers and those selected to give talks following submission of poster abstracts. Please see the Speakers page for the current list of speakers. 


There will be a poster session and symposium dinner on site at Kew. Dinner spaces will be limited, so we advise that you book early. Travel grants will be available to encourage the participation of early career researchers. 


With such a broad range of important topics on offer, the symposium should be of keen interest to all those interested in plant-based research and its impact on people, society and the world in which we live. 


We do hope you can join us for what we hope will be one of the stand-out events of the 2019 ‘plant calendar’!


On behalf of the organising committee.



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