A great way to get involved in botany. Most field meetings are open to anyone, although members have priority. If you want to book on a meeting, contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up. Please do not just turn up on the day.
Committee Meetings, etc.
23 Oct 2013: Council, London
4 Feb 2014: Records Committee
12 Feb 2014: Training & Education Cttee
13 Feb 2014: Publications Committee
Instructions for leaders of Field Meetings
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Meetings committee is: Ian Denholm (Chair), Jonathan Shanklin (Secretary), Neil Crossman, Lynne Farrell, Laura Gravestock, Uta Hamzaoui, Clare Kitchen, Louise Marsh, Sarah Stille, Jill Sutcliffe, Sue Townsend.
Annual Exhibition Meeting
For this year’s Annual Exhibition Meeting we are returning to the Natural History Museum, London, with what we hope will prove a lively, informative and inspirational programme of talks and exhibits. All botanists are welcome to attend, whether or not you are a BSBI member. Entrance is free, and you can take the opportunity to visit some of the other attractions at the museum.
The meeting will in the Flett Theatre, close to the Exhibition Road entrance, from 11 am till 5 pm on Saturday 23rd November. There are cafes in the Natural History Museum and in nearby South Kensington, or you can bring a packed lunch.
It’s not too late to book, by emailing AEM Co-ordinator Uta Hamzaoui – and it does help us to know if you are coming – but you can also drop in unannounced. We are particularly keen to welcome new members and anyone who wants to know more about the BSBI’s activities and how to get involved.
Plants – Publicity - People
We chose this theme for the AEM 2013 to reflect the Society’s growing involvement in publicity and outreach, aimed at communicating BSBI’s achievements and engaging more closely with a broad range of stakeholders plus the public at large. Other talks will provide an update on activities in different regions of Britain and Ireland and highlights from the 2013 programme of field meetings. Our keynote speaker is Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. His talk is entitled “Local training programmes – we can all benefit”.
Posters and exhibits on display will reflect many aspects of botany including notable discoveries, newsworthy developments, local recording initiatives and, in keeping with the theme of Plants – Publicity – People, work to promote the causes of botanical recording and conservation. We also have exhibits on a range of botanical training courses, from absolute beginners to MSc degrees.
There will be two exhibits featuring live or pressed specimens of plants requiring identification: John Poland’s Vegetative ID Quiz and also a “Help! ID table” to which you are encouraged to bring mystery plants for identification. The AEM is a rare opportunity not only to network but also to pick the brains of some of the most accomplished botanists in the BSBI.
Herbarium Tours and Books for Sale
In addition, we have arranged three guided tours behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum's herbarium collections (fully booked, sorry). Summerfield Books and Acanthophyllum Books will also be present with a wide selection of specialist literature on botany and natural history, including rare and second-hand books, many with reduced prices for BSBI members. A wide range of hand-lenses will also be available for sale, and Summerfield can advise you on which best suits your needs.
The AEM final programme, with full details of talks and exhibits, is now available here and there is even a handy floorplan to help you find everything. Members of Meetings Committee will also be on hand to help – look out for us in BSBI T-shirts or wearing our ‘Meetings’ badges. And you can follow the latest news about all things BSBI, including AEM speakers and exhibits, on our Publicity Blog here.
We look forward to meeting you at the Natural History Museum on 23rd November.