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

The Missouri Botanical Garden was 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 was 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 provided 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 attracted a diversity of botanic garden educators from around the world. The Congress provided 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.

Recently added:

  • Congress Proceedings – This year, BGCI and MBG have been working to compile, publish, and make available the official Congress Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, including each of the presentations made during the 6-day event. 
  • Slide Presentations
  • Photo Highlights – View closing slideshow below or see photos at Flickr:
Missouri Botanical Garden and Gateway Arch images
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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Draft Statement Available for Review and Comments

On Friday, May 1, during the Congress closing ceremony, a draft statement about Congress outcomes and strategic directions going forward was shared with delegates.

Download draft statement

Given the importance of a unified vision and shared priorities needed to achieve collective impact, all delegates are encouraged to review this draft statement, share with colleagues and provide feedback to congress organizers by May 31, 2015. Please send all feedback to Sheila Voss, VP of Education at Missouri Botanical Garden, at sheila.voss@mobot.org.


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


BGCI Congress Sponsors

Congress sponsor information coming soon.