Photo credit: Zanthoxylum thomasianum, also known as the St. Thomas prickly-ash. Photo courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Dear CPC Colleagues,
Given the continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to hold our annual CPC National Meeting virtually this year to maximize participation and ensure the safety of our network. We thank our partners at Denver Botanic Gardens and National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation for their help and flexibility in adjusting to our changing meeting plans – we hope to return to Colorado in the near future!
Joyce and the CPC National Office Team
Center for Plant Conservation – National Meeting 2020
You are invited to join the Center for Plant Conservation in our first ever Virtual National Meeting, October 8-9th, 2020 (Thursday-Friday).
Sessions will include updates on the “State of CPC”, as well as presentations from PI Conservation Officers and CPC network partners on plant conservation methods and success stories. Working sessions at this year’s meeting will engage the network in beta-testing and content creation for our IMLS funded plant conservation education platform, CPC Rare Plant Academy.
Once again, CPC’s Board of Trustees meeting will be the day before the National Meeting (October 7th, 2020). This will allow the Trustees to participate in all the National Meeting sessions.
- Registration for Abstracts for Oral & Poster Presentations will end September 1, 2020. Find requirements for abstracts here.
- Pre-recorded content for Oral & Poster Presentations will be uploaded to conference platform or CPC shared folder by September 25, 2020. You will receive instructions for recording your talk after
- Registration for non-presenting participants will close one week before the conference October 2, 2020.
Contact CPC office: (760) 796-5686.
For agenda, presentations, videos details, contact Katie Heineman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda OVERVIEW 2020 National Meeting of CPC
Thursday, October 8, 2020
8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome Center for Plant Conservation, Lynde Uihlein, CPC Board Chair
8:40 – 9:00 AM State of the CPC, Dr. Joyce Maschinski, President & CEO
9:00 – 9:15 AM STAR AWARD Presentation
9:15 – 9:45 AM Demonstration of Revamped Plant Profiles & Photo Contest Introduced – Dr. Katie Heineman, CPC
9:45 – 10:15 AM PI Lighting Talk Session 1 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
10:15 – 10:45 AM PI Lighting Talk Session 2 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 11:15 AM The Future for CPC’s Applied Plant Conservation Course – Joyce Maschinski
11:15 – 11:30 AM “How to make a video” – Tips, ideas, options for creating instructional video content – Joe Davitt, San Diego Zoo
11:30- 12:15 PM Break out group discussion: Groups break out by subject area to brainstorm most important videos content needed in that subject area for a course/rare plant academy
1:00 –1:30 PM PI Lighting Talk Session 3 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
1:30 –2:00 PM PI Lighting Talk Session 4 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
END DAY ONE
Friday, October 9, 2020
8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcoming Remarks & CPC Communications Update – Maureen Wilmot
8:45 – 9:30 AM Keynote Address – George Gann
9:30 – 10:00 AM Break out group presentations
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 10:45 AM Demonstrate of Revamped CPC Rare Plant Academy – Katie Heineman
10:45 – 11:15 AM PI Lighting Talk Session 5 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
11:15 – 11:45 AM PI Lighting Talk Session 6 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
11:45-12:30 PM BREAK
12:30 –1:00 PM PI Lighting Talk Session 7 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
1:00 –1:30 PM PI Lighting Talk Session 8 (5 talks with a 5 min Q & A at end)
END DAY TWO
Oral presentations will be self-recorded and uploaded to the conference platform no later than September 25, 2020. We will send you specific instructions for video recording after registration has been submitted – but we anticipate most videos feature the speaker’s face next to visual aid (such as a power point). If you wish to film yourself demonstrating a conservation activity in the field or lab — we encourage that as well! Participants will be able to upload videos to conference platform or shared folder after registration has been submitted.
We will have to limit oral presentations to ONE per institution.
POSTERS: If you wish to describe a new program or general overview of your garden, a poster is the best place to do this. You may give a poster presentation in addition to an oral presentation if desired. These will be shared on our online conference platform and via social media.
FIVE MINUTE ORAL PRESENTATIONS:
PRESENTATION CONTENT: For the past two years, CPC has recorded the proceedings of our National Meeting to support our web-based Best Plant Conservation Practices on CPC Rare Plant Academy (academy.saveplants.org) with video of conservationists speaking in their own words. These videos of oral presentations represent a great resource for the plant conservation community and help us meet our IMLS grant obligations. We ask that your oral presentations at the National Meeting entail a story that illustrates an aspect of plant conservation and coincides with the ideas described below. If none of these topics fit your expertise, you are welcome to present about a new research project, tell a conservation story about a single rare plant species in your care, or suggest an alternative topic you feel would support the Best Practice Guidelines. General garden or conservation program overviews are more appropriate for the poster session. Because our goal is to share these videos on our learning platform – please only include content you are comfortable being shared publicly.
Please remember to track the time it takes you to create these videos. Our generous IMLS Leadership Grant award required match from our conference attendees. We realize that you will not have travel and lodging expenses this year. Please track the time you spend for creating the videos as an alternative.
- How can you determine whether seed is ready to collect? How do you evaluate seed quality in the field before you collect? We would love to have examples from different plant families.
- Tell a story about how you had to mark flowering plants in preparation for seed collection because they are cryptic when the seed pods are mature. Examples from different plant families would be nice. A similar story could be told about bagging tasty fruits, dehiscing pods, etc.
- Describe a seed bulking practice.
- What can you do if you discover your seeds have insect damage once you have them in the lab?
- What can you do with small collections with few seeds?
- Give an example of extremely careful propagation/ transferring seedlings from germination trials.
- Exceptional Plants
- Tissue culture, Cryopreservation or Field Gene Banks – What species are you trying to conserve? What problems have you encountered? How have you resolved them?
- Are there particular concerns related to species with particular life histories?
- Give an example of using genetic information to inform reintroduction
- Give an example of resolving a genetic issue that has arisen for a species in a living display collection
- Horticulture and Propagating Rare Plants
- Illustrate the kinds of information you gather before you attempt to propagate a rare species.
- Illustrate how you have unlocked the secrets of how to grow species that was difficult.
- Illustrate how you are using technology for plant conservation (gps, drones, phone apps, etc.)
- Reintroduction and Restoration Efforts
- Examples needed from many different life histories
- How did you design the reintroduction? What problems did you encounter? How did you solve the problem?
- Public Outreach
- How to communicate the importance of rare plants to the general public via social media
- How to engage garden visitors in volunteer-based conservation programs
- Additional suggestions welcome
- Data Sharing
- How to ensure your plant records follow DarwinCore data standards
- Germination tests: what to record and when to record it
- How to record/quantify/categorize the threats to a wild rare plant population
- Additional suggestions welcome
Please organize your presentation to encompass a beginning, middle, and end: 1) What you set out to accomplish; 2) What challenge(s) you faced; and 3) How you resolved the challenge. We look forward to seeing your great graphics and photos! Some expert tips for your lightning talks: Think about something you tried that didn’t work at first, how you altered your methods to make it finally work, and what someone else could take away from your experience. Start with an outline and write a script. Spend roughly 1/4 of the time in the beginning, 1/2 of the time in the middle, and 1/4 in the end.
Although everyone will be allotted 5 minutes for his/her presentation, if you are up to the challenge, try doing your presentation in less than 2 minutes while speaking at a normal pace: 0:30 – 0:45 beginning / 1:00 – 1:30 middle / 0:30 – 0:45 end. This might take some practice. The general rule is one/half page of text will be 2 minutes.