From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2014.
The United States Botanic Garden and the Smithsonian Institution Department of Botany will convene the 13th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Next Generation Pteridology: An International Conference on Lycophyte & Fern Research,” to be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., on 1-5 June 2015. This meeting will also mark the 12th Symposium of the International Organization of Plant Biosystematists.
The past decade has seen remarkable advances in our understanding of fern and lycophyte biology. New sources of data have emerged and novel methods for analyzing these data are being developed. At the same time, many traditional approaches have been revitalized as their unique and specific contributions are more fully realized. With a recent influx of students and early career researchers, the international pteridological community continues to grow. Through more widespread and far-reaching collaborations, the pace of scientific discovery is accelerating, new parts of the globe are being included, and the conservation of these important species in a rapidly changing world is being investigated. This conference aims to bring together the world's pteridologists to celebrate the progress to date and to forecast developments still on the horizon.
The conference will feature an opening symposium on 1 June, plus three additional days of focused scientific talks, workshops, a poster session, a reception, and a conference dinner. A local field trip is also being organized.