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January 13-16, 2014:The 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium: Botanical Gardens and Climate Change
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The 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium
Botanical Gardens and Climate Change


January 13-16, 2014 Xishuangbanna, China 


Hosted by 

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 


The impacts of anthropogenic climate change have become increasingly obvious in China over the last 30 years. Climate change has been influencing plant phenology, growth rates, distributions and ecosystem functions. Botanical Gardens are in a unique position among scientific research institutions because they are accustomed to planning on the decadal timescales that are needed to develop living collections and long-term research programs. Botanical Gardens are also unique in their ability to combine cutting-edge scientific research with both graduate and public education.  

The Xishuangbanna International Symposium, held every five years, aims to bring together leading scientists to present cutting-edge research, address current debates and assess future directions for research on biodiversity conservation and botanical gardens. The 1st Xishuangbanna International Symposium, attended by 180 delegates from 20 countries, was held in January 1999 and focused on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development”. The 2nd Xishuangbanna International Symposium was held in January 2009, with the major theme of “Biodiversity Conservation: Research Imperative for Scientific Institutions”. The Xishuangbanna International Symposium is becoming an important platform bringing scholars from all over the world. 

The 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium to be held during 13-16 January 2014 will feature the major theme: “Botanical Gardens and Climate Change”. The ultimate aim of this symposium, therefore, is to develop a roadmap for scientific research and education in climate change biology at Botanical Gardens in China and worldwide. In order to achieve this, we will first review what is known, and what isn’t, and what is being done currently, before moving on to assess ways in which existing resources can be better used and new resources targeted at the critical gaps. 

The symposium program will include 6 major sessions. Each session will feature one keynote speaker, followed by 4-6 oral presentations. We also invite participants to contribute posters during the symposium.  

Proceedings of the 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium, including the presentations and subsequent discussions, will be published.  

The Academic and Organizing Committees warmly invite you to participate in the 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium – Botanical Gardens and Climate Change, and also encourage you to forward our invitation to other people who may be interested.  

Academic Committee  


Princiapl investigator of Biodiversity Research Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China 



Jin CHEN, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China  

Zhe-Kun ZHOU, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China  

Jian-Chu XU, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS, ICRAF, China 

Guo-Yi Zhou, South China Botanical Garden, CAS, China 

Yi-Ping ZHANG, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China 

Stephen BLACKMORE, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK 

  Richard PRIMACK, Boston University, USA 


Organizing Committee  


Ze-Xin FAN, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China  



Qing YANG, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China 

Li-Ming LI, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China 

Chun-Yan FANG, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China  

Rui-Min QIN, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China  

Xiao-Jie LI, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, China 


Theme: Botanical Gardens and Climate Change 


General Topics: 

1) Climate change in China: past, present and future;  

2) Monitoring the biological impacts of climate change;  

3) Climate change and conservation;  

4) Mitigating climate change;  

5) Climate change education;  

6) Botanical Gardens and climate change: priorities for the future. 



12 January (Sunday):    Participants arrive, registration and reception 

13 January (Monday):   Opening ceremony, plenary sessions, tour of XTBG and welcome dinner 

14 January (Tuesday):   All day plenary session and group sessions 

15 January (Wednesday): Half day plenary session 

Half day discussion, closing ceremony and banquet 

16 January (Thursday):  Post-conference excursions 



The official language for the meeting is ENGLISH. 


Manuscripts and Abstracts:  

Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations. All abstracts should be emailed to xtbgsymposium@xtbg.org.cn before 31 October, 2013. All accepted abstracts will be included within the Symposium Proceedings and registered delegates will receive a copy onsite. Abstracts should be prepared in English within a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts must not contain tables, pictures or diagrams. All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use. Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar.  


Guidelines for Oral & Poster Presentation  

Facility: multimedia projectors. 

Poster board: 120 x 80 cm in size 

Oral presentation: participants are advised to prepare Power Point presentation with a time slot of 20 minutes, which includes approximately 5 minutes for question and discussions. 


Passport & Visas: 

A valid passport is required for all travel in China. The visa entry requirements for China vary according to your country of origin. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate of China in your respective country for further details. 


Personal Invitation: 

If you require an Official Letter of Invitation, please contact the Organizing Committee. This letter does not represent a commitment by the organizers to provide financial support. 



The registration fee is 800 RMB or 120 US dollar. It covers conference materials, reception, banquet, lunches, dinner, coffee & tea breaks, and local transportation. Students pay a reduced registration fee of 50%. All payments for registration fees can be made on arrival at the registration desk and have to be made in cash. 



Hotel accommodation for participants is available at the XTBG Guest House in the garden. In addition some student accommodation is available locally.  



Early Bird Registration:  October 1, 2013 

Abstract Submission:   October 31, 2013  

  Registration          January 12, 2014, Final registration     


Please return the registration form to: 

The 3rd Xishuangbanna International Symposium 

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden 

Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Menglun Town, Mengla County, Yunnan Province 666303, P.R. China  

Tel.: +86-691-8715460, Fax: +86-691-8715070 

Email: xtbgsymposium@xtbg.org.cn 

Website: http://xtbgsymposium2014.csp.escience.cn/  


Registration Form 

First Name 


Family Name 


















Full mailing address 

(including zip/postal code, city and country) 


Title of your presentation 


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