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Joseph Dalton Hooker Bicentenary Meeting: The Making of Modern Botany

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A one day meeting to celebrate the life and work of Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. There will be a varied programme of talks and an opportunity to see Joseph Hooker collections behind the scenes at Kew. Leading scholars and researchers will consider Joseph Hooker's place in the history of science as well as his continuing influence on current botanical research in related fields.

Delegates are invited to an evening event at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (from 6pm) for a chance to see 'Putting Plants in their Place,' an exhibition showcasing Joseph Hooker's work through Kew's unique historic collections. The evening view of the exhibition is included in the event price (but please make sure you select the ticket that includes this option). Price also includes entry into the Gardens, lunch and refreshments.

This event will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of science, particularly botany, botanical illustration, exploration and empire. It will also present an attractive programme for those interested in the history of Kew Gardens as well as scientific work being carried out today at Kew and beyond.


Provisional Programme

Registration will commence at 9:30 for a 10:15 start to the conference.

Themes of the programme will be plants and empire, exploration (from India to Antarctica), biogeography, and evolving botanical practices including the continued importance of botanical illustration.

Speakers include:

Jim Endersby - Reader In The History Of Science at the University of Sussex, and author of 'Imperial Nature: Joseph Hooker and the Practices of Victorian Science'.

Nina Schuback - A biological oceanographer from Curtin University, Western Australia. Member of The Swiss Polar Institute Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition which is doing fascinating research along a very similar route to that taken by a certain Joseph Hooker 175 years ago. Nina's research involves phytoplankton analysis.

Cam Sharp Jones - Project Officer on the Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence Project, based in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Cam will be speaking about the digitisation and transcription of Joseph Hooker's letters and exploring the insights to be found in the correspondence of a man at the heart of the web of Victorian science.

Mark Carine - Principal Curator in Charge of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division at the Natural History Museum, London. A plant systematist with particular interests in island floras and biogeography.

Seamus O'Brian - Manager of the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Seamus has followed in Joseph Hooker's footsteps botanising in the Himalaya.

Sailesh Pradhan - A plantsman and Rhododendron expert from Sikkim, India.

Lucy Smith - Botanical Illustrator. Who will be speaking on "Joseph Hooker and his artist Walter Hood Fitch - The continuing tradition of botanist and artist collaboration". Co-authored with William Baker Head of the Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology Department at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Peter Ashton - Bullard Professor of Forestry Emeritus at Harvard University. Who will be speaking about "Thruways and Barricades, Asia plant interchange". Updating and reinterpreting J.D. Hooker's observations on north Indian plant geography.

Colin Clubbe - Head of Conservation Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Speaking on Joseph Hooker's legacy in the UK Overseas Territories.

Lulu Rico - Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Speaking about her research in collaboration with Cristina Duarte, Maria Romeiras, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Chiara Nepi, Javier Francisco-Ortega into the J.D. Hooker historical collections made in Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde in 1839.


There will be an opportunity to sign up for lunch time tours on the day of the conference including tours: behind the scenes in the archive, the herbarium, and Joseph Hooker highlights of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Please direct any enquiries to joseph.hooker[at]kew.org

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Supported by The Bentham Moxon Trust


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