The Organising Committee for the 2012 Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conference invites you to Perth, Western Australia, for a stimulating conference around the theme Local knowledge, global delivery.

When 23–28 September 2012

Where The University Club of Western Australia and the Western Australian Conservation Science Centre (DEC), with a registration mixer at the Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Scope Presentations on the broad array of systematic research currently being conducted across Australia and New Zealand are welcomed. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and present their research, even if their projects are in their infancy.

The conference theme, Local knowledge, global delivery, follows from last year's landmark International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, where sweeping new changes surrounding the publication of new taxa were proposed. Electronic publication came into effect at the start of 2012, marking a new era in the communication of local research to a world wide audience. We are also in a time of rapidly advancing technologies, which has seen the development of new online tools for compiling and delivering systematic information. To this end, we invite abstracts on biodiversity informatics, web-based collaborations, electronic publishing and eFloras. We also encourage abstracts on local endemism, pollination and biodiversity threats such as climate change and plant pathogens.

We are also entering a new era for systematic botany in Western Australia, with the recent completion of a new herbarium within the Western Australian Conservation Science Centre (WACSC) at the Department of Environment and Conservation's Kensington site. With space for 1.2 million specimens and excellent research and curation laboratories, the WACSC places the Western Australian Herbarium at the forefront of herbarium facilities.

The conference coincides with the height of the spring flowering season, providing an additional incentive for researchers to attend what we hope will be a broad ranging and highly enjoyable event.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

The 2012 ASBS Conference Committee and Kevin Thiele (Curator, Western Australian Herbarium).

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