3rd UK Plant Evolution meeting

Join us for a symposium and conference focusing on plant evolutionary biology.

Close up of a leaf, RBG Kew


3 to 5 April 2019


Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens


Full registration (3 days): £80 (students £40)

One day registration (day 1 only): £40 (students £20)

Registration closes 31 March 2019

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear about the most recent developments in plant evolutionary biology.

This meeting will bring together researchers from across different disciplines in plant evolution.This is your chance to meet and discuss research ideas with colleagues and potentially develop exciting new partnerships.

Register for a speaker slot

We welcome a diverse range of researchers in different stages of their career. There are speaker and poster slots within each session which are open for researchers to present. 

After you have registered online, if you're interested in presenting a talk or poster within a session, please submit your abstract to j.pellicer@kew.org

To register for a session, please submit your abstract to j.pellicer@kew.org.

Abstracts should include the following information: 

  • Title
  • Author
  • Author's affiliation 
  • Key words 
  • Abstract (max 300 words) 

Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2019

Updated conference programme schedule:


3 April 2019

'Monography: where are we and where are we going?'

A one day symposium to discuss contemporary approahes to monography and their relevance in the future. 

Invited speakers 

  • Prof. Alexandre Antonelli - University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Dr. Olwen Grace - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Prof. Sandra Knapp - Natural History Museum, UK 
  • Dr. Gwil Lewis - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Dr. Eve Lucas - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Prof. Robert Scotland - University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof.Nina Rønsted - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dr. Maria Vorontsova - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Dr. Peter Wilkie - Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK

4 & 5 April 2019

The conference will feature four main themes of evolution: 

  • Session 1: Plant development and evolution 
  • Session 2: Plant traits involved in adaptation and domestication 
  • Session 3: Evolutionary drivers of plant diversity 
  • Session 4: Recent approaches to understanding macroevolution 

Keynote speaker

Prof. Jonathan Wendel - Iowa State University, USA 

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Robin Allaby - University of Warwick, UK
  • Prof. Scott Armbruster - University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Dr. Christine Bacon - University of Gothenburg, Sweden 
  • Dr. William Baker - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Dr. Sidonie Bellot - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 
  • Dr. Anne Borland - Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr. Samuel Brockington - University of Cambridge, UK
  • Prof. Liam Dolan - Unviversity of Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Charilaos Yiotis - University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Dr. Annaliese Mason - University of Giessen, Germany
  • Dr. Edwige Moyroud - University of Cambridge, UK 
  • Dr. Mark N. Puttick - University of Bath, UK
  • Dr. Alex Twyford - University of Edinburgh, UK