Ferns in Focus
An international symposium on lycophyte & fern research
Fern and lycophyte specialists from across the entire world will have again the opportunity to discuss new advances in the study of these groups.
This time Brazil, a country known for its incredible biodiversity, will receive hundreds of scientists at a time when global challenges make these meetings more necessary than ever.
Evolution, conservation, biogeography, genetics, development, and other important topics in seed-free vascular plant biology will be discussed.
The official language of the event is English. Prepare your proposals, presentations, and posters in this language.
Dr. Paulo Windisch, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Dr. Robbin Moran, USA
New York Botanical Garden
Dr. Jarmila Pittermann, USA
University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Michael Kessler, Switzerland
University of Zurich
Dr. Benjamin Bomfleur, Germany
University of Münster
Dr. Harald Schneider, China
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Next Generation Pteridology, an international conference on lycopod and fern research, was held in 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. It brought together the world’s pteridologists (193 registrants from 29 countries) to celebrate the progress of fern and lycopod biology to date and to forecast developments still on the horizon. The conference featured a full day plenary session (of 10 presentations spanning evolution, genomics, physiology, ecology, horticulture, and conservation) that was attended by members of the broader scientific community (260 total registrants) and open to the public. It also included 87 additional focused scientific talks spanning three days, three workshops, a poster session with 30 posters, a reception, a dinner, and a field trip.
Other recent international fern conferences have included Ferns for the 21st Century, held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2004, and the Holttum Memorial Pteridophyte Symposium, held at Kew Gardens in 1995.