2015 BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens
BGCI 2015 logo: Biodiversity for a Better World-Wild Ideas Worth Sharing

The Missouri Botanical Garden is honored and excited to host the 9th BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, April 26–May 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The theme of the 2015 Congress is Biodiversity for a Better World: Wild Ideas Worth Sharing. Described by some as the defining challenge of our time, preventing biodiversity loss is increasingly a core priority for botanic gardens. This unique event provides botanic garden educators an opportunity to think creatively about reframing biodiversity in ways that are relevant to people’s lives, to connect and learn from others, to challenge each other, ask big, worthy questions, and together, strengthen our impacts.

Featuring a wide-ranging program of plenary keynote addresses, interactive sessions, workshops and special events, the 2015 Congress hopes to attract a diversity of botanic garden educators from around the world. The Congress will provide a vibrant forum for botanic garden educators as well as for educators and staff from plant science institutes, education and conservation organizations, zoos, museums, national parks and nature reserves.

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Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the world’s greatest force for plant conservation, is co-organizing its 9th Education Congress in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Online Registration Now Open

To enable more delegates to receive a discounted rate, Congress organizers are pleased to extend the Early Bird Registration deadline to February 28, 2015. Register today!


Key Dates

  • Call for Proposals Opens
    May 15, 2014

  • Deadline for Proposals Extended
    September 30, 2014

  • Online Registration Opens
    October 3, 2014

  • Notification of Proposal Acceptance
    November 23, 2014

  • Early Bird Rates Extended
    Through February 28, 2015