IBC 2011

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Is it possible to follow a conference at a distance? Here is a Storify for the 18th International Botanical Conference in Melbourne.

It would help to explain what #IBC18 is. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne have a page. Also @dentay85 found a post by a magnificent blog that would never stoop so low as to flatter itself with self-praise.

The eighteenth International Botanical Congress (IBC) will be held in Melbourne from 23–30 July 2011. The IBC2011 website contains information about the scientific program, field trips and congress venues.
Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
July 18, 2011
International Botanical Congress 18 Melbourne #IBC18: This week, a good proportion of the world’s botanists will… http://bit.ly/qV93an
dentay85
July 22, 2011
You can follow the official account @IBC11. There’s also a Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ibc2011 and a website at http://www.ibc2011.com/ . Slightly confusingly the hashtag is #IBC18
@celmisia The International Botanical Congress willl be using #ibc18 to avoid a hastag conflict with another event.
Jim_Croft
July 23, 2011
Not content with hosting IBC 2011 in God’s own country (Kiwis may disagree), the congress opened with an impressive ceremony.
#ibc18 Opening Ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Welcome to Country. Welcome Address by Judy West, outlining programme for week.
Jim_Croft
July 24, 2011
Spectacular IBC opening ceremony
Photo by chrisfreeland2002 on flickr
Nat’l anthem, indigenous dancing and a grassland blooming on the stage #ibc18 opening ceremony has it all. Sand artist now. Wow!
elyw
July 24, 2011
http://yfrog.com/h3nr2onj #ibc18 opening ceremony
Photo by Gardenboi on twitter
#ibc18 opening ceremony, past president from Vienna Congress, Tod Steussy addressing the delegates
Jim_Croft
July 24, 2011
Todd Stuessy, organized of IBC17 in Vienna notes he’s be enjoying this conference a lot more than the last! #ibc18
Pathh1
July 24, 2011
Spectacular IBC opening ceremony
Photo by chrisfreeland2002 on flickr
#ibc18 Opening Ceremony. Video introducing Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon. Simon now speaking.
Jim_Croft
July 24, 2011
RT S McKeon, Australian of year 2011, "Never before has botany been so needed" Botany is pervasive to all the problems of the world #ibc18
Pathh1
July 24, 2011
Simon: "botany not served well by the popular media" #ibc18 opening ceremony.
Jim_Croft
July 24, 2011
@Jim_Croft Brian Cox on "Wonders of the Universe" last Thu night was dismissive of Botany as a science. #ibc18
adavid
July 24, 2011
Japanese drumming and tap dancing finale for #ibc18 ceremony. Extraordinary!
elyw
July 24, 2011
Spectacular opening to #ibc18! Artist Lela McGregor's "Legend of the Flowers" will stick with me for ages: http://yfrog.com/gykhmwoj
Photo by chrisfreeland on twitter
It’s quite possible that I got the sequence of events for the opening ceremony wrong, but it’s already been a busy conference even before the official opening.
Nomenclature dinner at University House. This is what 121 plant taxonomists look like! #ibc18 http://t.co/Wmfs3Nu
fembotanist
July 21, 2011
Great fun at the Nomenclature Section dinner tonight: roomful of botanists partying like ’twas 1753. #ibc18
IBC11
July 21, 2011
@IBC11: roomful of botanists partying like ’twas 1753. #ibc18 <= so, there was Linne dancing? 🙂
Jim_Croft
July 21, 2011
It sounds like the debate was lengthy and detailed. Here’s a taste, but I can’t pretend to have followed it from afar.
In 1539 the Church of England saw Latin as a barrier to understanding, now botanists catch up – http://bit.ly/mSfCv0 #ibc18 #latin #botany
Science in Public
July 23, 2011
I have heard the language for descriptions may be changed Latin to "Latin or English" in Melbourne. I NEVER agree. Use Latin! #ibc18 #icbn
Hajasi
July 21, 2011
Those who set their mind on taxonomy should learn even Latin. How will you read past enormous descriptions, and name a new creature? #ibc18
Hajasi
July 21, 2011
Debate currently about whether to define para-homonyms in Art. 53 #ibc18 nomenclature
danieljmurf
July 21, 2011
Proposal to alter gender treatment of -ites names, Art.62.4, not passed. Lunch and then we go on… #ibc18
danieljmurf
July 21, 2011
Two special committees established. One for bylaws to run nomenclature section another for institutional voting system.#ibc18
danieljmurf
July 21, 2011
A proposal to require registration of plant names (in addition to fungi, for which this was previously approved) was soundly rejected.#ibc18
danieljmurf
July 21, 2011
Rightly so. We now have 6 yrs to build a workable system. MT @danieljmurf: proposal to require registration of plant names rejected. #ibc18
Jim_Croft
July 21, 2011
And it is OVER (the Nomenclature) after a mammoth session of floor proposals and yet to begin (the Congress). Exciting! #ibc18
IBC11
July 22, 2011
The congress continues and it looks like there’ll be a lot happening. If, for some bizarre reason, you can only follow one account then the IBC has its own media-friendly tweeting account.
Get your prog and abstract books while they’re hot: http://bit.ly/oQCgn9 and http://bit.ly/r6aB12 #ibc18
IBC11
July 22, 2011
We are tweeting from #IBC18 all week – from feeding the world, to the mysteries of lichen, to sunflowers making drugs. http://bit.ly/oagpSO
IBC11media
July 23, 2011


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