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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria wins bid to host international Botanic Gardens Congress in 2021

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Director and Chief Executive, Professor Tim Entwisle said he was thrilled to announce the exciting news to over 500 delegates at the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress last week in Geneva.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the global botanic gardens community to Melbourne and to showcase our magnificent city to the world at the seventh Global Botanic Gardens Congress.

“The year 2021 will be an auspicious one for Melbourne Gardens, as we will be celebrating our 175th anniversary.”

The proposed theme is ‘Botanic gardens as provocation’, with a strong emphasis on botanic gardens responding to climate change and urbanization, whilst respecting the needs and aspirations of our first peoples.

To address the theme, the five-day congress will encompass a variety of exciting international presentations, forums and discussions in combination with site tours of local & regional gardens, including major scientific personalities from the global community.

The Congress is scheduled for 7–11 February 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The successful bid to host the Congress was supported by City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Media enquiries:
Joy Bowman, Acting Manager, Marketing & Communications Branch on 9252 2497


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