The Australian Institute of Botanical Science is poised to become a world leader in plant science, established to drive effective conservation solutions – ensuring the survival of plants, and all life that depends on them.
The Institute brings together the physical and virtual scientific collections, research, services and facilities of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, including the living collections at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.
The Institute also incorporates the National Herbarium of NSW, the Research Centre for Ecosystem Resilience, the Australian PlantBank, the Centre for Education and Engagement, and the historic Daniel Solander Library.
The establishment of the Institute heralds a new era for Botanical Science in Australia, and is being marked with a virtual online launch featuring world renowned scientists, researchers, and high profile supporters.
The 45 minute online launch video includes messages of support from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales (also Patron of London’s Royal Botanic Garden Kew), Gardening Australia Host Costa Georgiadis; Chief Scientist at Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institute Dr Rebecca Johnson and Better Homes and Gardens Host Graham Ross (also a member of the new Institute’s advisory committee).
The digital video launch, hosted by the Institute’s Chief Executive Denise Ora, combines innovative and creative production, combined with relevant and exciting science, to engage a global audience on the importance of botanic science for all life on earth.
Watch the launch: