Sheila has given exemplary unpaid volunteer service to Kew for over 20 years. During this time she has donated over 700 hours of her time and talent to Kew each year and Kew would like to thank her and celebrate this monumental achievement. If one was to quantify her contribution then it would represent a total of about ten years of full time service to Kew and all of it unpaid!
Maria was invited to participate in the UNFCCC COP21, where she gave a presentation and sat on the panel at the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan Programme side event in Paris on the 9 December 2015.
The symposium, held on 23 November at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, included eight speakers from seven different organisations and covered a range of key topics in the area of crop diversity and food security in a changing climate.
The London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. The Partnership fosters integrated training of environmental scientists in ways that cross boundaries between established disciplines.
State of the World's Plants Symposium, 11–12 May, 2016
Plants represent one of the most important constituents of biodiversity, the foundation of most of the world’s ecosystems. They hold the potential to tackle many of the world’s present and future challenges, from global food security to mitigating the worst impacts of climate change. Plants are also under pressure from a multitude of threats. It is therefore timely to take a snapshot of the status of the world’s plants and try to answer the questions: