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Australasian Seed Science Conference 2020


Earlier this year we asked for feedback on the next iteration of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s National Seed Science Forum. We received a great deal of feedback and have used this to develop a conference experience for the broader seed science community.

The National Seed Science Forum is changing its name to the Australasian Seed Science Conference. The next conference will be hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra from 5-9 April 2020. By changing the name we aim to better reflect the expertise and interest in seed science across the region. We will be making more announcements about keynotes, abstract dates and venue information in the not too distant future. In the meantime we invite you to visit our conference website at and sign up to receive more information as the conference program develops.

There are four themes for next year's conference:

  1. Seed biology and evolutionary ecology - Unlocking the challenges of germination, dormancy and seed ecology in a changing world.
  2. Seed sourcing and end-use - Considering genetic diversity, restoration and translocations as well as sector specific approaches to seed conservation and use.
  3. Seed and gene bank management - The ins and outs of managing ex situ seed banks and gene banks and the methods for maximising seed quality and longevity.
  4. Seeds in culture and society - Sharing stories and learning about cultural seed use, including collaborations between traditional use and ex situ seed banks and gene banks.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Australasian Seed Science Conference at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in 2020.