The 19th International Botany Conference officially began today (24/07/2017). Because of it’s elite attendance, changing host locations, and rate of being held, the conference is known as the “Olympics” of the plant science community. This year’s event, which will take place in Shenzhen until the 29th, was the first one to be hosted in China for more than a century. China’s President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter and the People’s Republic of China State Council issued a directive.
The International Botanical Congress (IBC) is a plant science conference covering all aspects of the field, mandated by the International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies (IABMS). The IBC is held every six years to showcase the latest achievements and research in the botanical sciences and is an important platform for multidisciplinary communication and cooperation in plant science research.
The IBC dates back to the International Horticultural Exposition in Brussels in 1864, where it was was then held at a subsidiary meeting of the Expo. It’s true starting point is recognised as taking place nearly half a century later, in Paris in 1900. Thereafter, the General Assembly was held every five years and was only interrupted twice (during both world wars). After 1969, when it was held in Seattle, the event’s timing was fixed to take place every 6 years.
The early IBC events were only held in Europe, but with the spread of modern science from Europe to the rest of the world, the Americas and Oceania also went onto grasp the opportunity to host the International Botanical Congress. In the 1990s, Asian scientific power, represented by Japan, was vigorously promoted and the IBC came to Asia for the first time. The conference has been held in 16 cities from 12 countries, all of which are developed countries, with the largest number being in the United States. The 19th International Conference on Botany in China is the first time it has been held in a developing country.
The 19th International Botanical Conference, jointly organized by the Chinese Botanical Society and the Shenzhen Municipal Government, was held at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17th to 23rd of July, 2017. As a developing country holding the International Botanical Congress for the first time, China has opened a new chapter in the history of the General Assembly. With one of the fastest growing economies in the world China is fast becoming one of the world’s most lively biodiversity research hotspots. Its growing experience in conserving biodiversity will hopefully one day help it to contribute to achieving sustainable development for the planet.
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Translated by Kain Jagger