Programme and keynote speakers

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Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Christina Walters (Research Leader in Plant Germplasm Preservation Research at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in the United States) - Christina is best known for her innovative studies of seed storage physiology and its application to ex situ conservation of genetic resources for diverse plant species. Dr. Walters’ work stimulated a major debate about how to maximize seed longevity and economize on the costs of storage conditions adequate for short and long-term purposes. As a direct result of her research, the global standards for seed banking genetic resources for food and agriculture were recently updated.
  • Kingsley DixonProfessor Kingsley Dixon is Curtin Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and a research scientist who has specialised in conservation and restoration of species and ecosystems with a current focus on implementing concepts of scale into restoration planning.  He is widely published and connected globally into the botanic garden community where he is an Associate Researcher at Missouri Botanic Garden.
  • Angela Moles Angela Moles is a professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW. She has a longstanding interest in seed ecology. Her PhD was alliteratively titled “The Seed Size Synthesis”, and her first postdoc (at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California) combined seed mass data for over 11,000 plant species with new phylogenetic analyses to follow the evolutionary history of seed size from the divergence between Angiosperms and Gymnosperms to present day. Angela also has interests in biogeography, quantifying the latitudinal gradient in seed mass, seed predation and seedling survival. Angela was awarded the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in 2013; the 2012 NSW science and engineering award for Excellence in Biological Sciences, and the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Award for Outstanding Young Researcher.

Forum Programme

The Scientific Programme Committee is pleased to announce the presentations forming part of the National Seed Science Forum.

There is an exciting line-up of Australian and international keynote speakers, research presentations, panel discussions, poster and rapid fire presentations. The Programme also includes opportunities for early career researchers in seed science to showcase their work.

A draft copy of the complete Forum programme is now available in pdf format.

Key themes to be explored at the conference include:

A. Dormancy and germination

B. Seed storage, conservation and utilisation

C. Establishment and management

D. Seed ecology