Plenary speakers

Dr László Orlóci
Director, ELTE Botanic Garden

A quarter-millennium-year history – Eötvös Loránd University Botanic Garden (ELTE Füvészkert)

After graduating with a degree in horticultural engineering, Dr. László Orlóci began working in the profession at the Eötvös Loránd University as a chief gardener. Since then, he has been working at this institution since 2004 as a director. Between 2008 and 2012, he organized and managed the complete reconstruction of the Herb Garden, in recognition of which ELTE awarded Pro Universitas. Experience in gene conservation as well as maintaining collection gardens in practice dates back as far as 38 years.

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Dr Paul Smith
Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, UK

Enabling responsible exchange of plant material for conservation and research?

Dr Paul Smith is the Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, comprising >650 member institutions in 100 countries. BGCI leads the Global Tree Assessment, and recently published the State of the World’s Trees Report showing that one third of the world’s 60,000 tree species are threatened with extinction.

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Dr Peter Wyse Jackson
President, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA

Developing and implementing a post-2020 Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Peter Wyse Jackson is the President of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A. Prior to joining the Missouri Botanical Garden he was Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.  Wyse Jackson obtained a B.A. (Mod.) in botany and an M.A. from Trinity College Dublin, where he subsequently received a Ph.D. for work on the taxonomy of Irish Cruciferae.

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Prof. János Podani
Institute of Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Darwin revisited – The Coral of Plants

János Podani is professor of botany and plant ecology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. After graduation, he started to work as an ecologist at the Research Institute of Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, located in the botanical garden at Vácrátót. He received a PhD degree in plant sciences at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

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Dr Michael Kiehn
Head of the Core Facility Botanical Garden, University of Vienna, Austria - Vice-President of International Association of Botanic Gardens

The new Action Plan for European Botanical Gardens – strenghtening BGs and their future programs for conservation, research, education and public outreach

Born in Germany in 1958, Michael Kiehn studied Biology in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern (Germany) and in Vienna (Austria), and received his Ph.D. in 1986 at the University of Vienna. Since 2006 he is a.o. Univ.-Professor in Botany and Head of the Core Facility Botanical Garden at the University of Vienna.

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T. Cirill Hortobágyi OSB
Archabbot Pannonhalma

After having graduated from the Benedictine High School run by the Archabbey of Pannonhalma in 1977, he joined the Benedictine community there. After the obligatory military service, he earned his M. Div. in the School of Theology of his monastery. Then he studied at Eötvös Loránd University, majoring in biology and geography. From 1991 he had served as prior of the monastery and he had also been the financial deputy of the Archabbot. Since 16 February 2018 he has been Archabbot of Pannonhalma and President of the Hungarian Benedictine Congregation.

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Philippe Bardin
Head of Plant Conservation Programs, Conservatoire botanique national du Bassin parisien / Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

The review of European progress towards the GSPC 2011-2020 in a nutshell – Filling the gaps in line with the new vision for the Bern Convention for the period to 2030

Graduated in Ecology with an expertise in plant genetics and demography, Philippe took in 2008 the lead of the conservation department of the Conservatoire botanique national du Bassin parisien at the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle, managing both a seed-bank and a conservatory garden, and has been supervising many programs of plant conservation in the wild over the last twenty years.

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Daniel Boulens
Environment Expert, Former Head Gardener of Lyon, France

The future of a botanical garden in a medium-sized city in France

A challenge to adapt the missions of the garden to the diversity of the missions that the community must carry out for the population. What are the priorities? What is the best strategy for the botanical garden? Which alliances?

Was born in 1955 in Thonon les bains, in the French Alps.

In 1978, he graduated from Grenoble University for a master degree related to a phytosociological and botanical investigation in the Alps. From 1978 until 1980, he attended the National Agronomy Institute in Paris, and was graduated agronomy engineer.

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James Gagliardi
Supervisory Horticulturist - Freer/Castle/Haupt/Rose/Ripley Garden, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington DC, USA

Smithsonian Gardens an Urban Oasis in Washington, DC, USA

James Gagliardi is a supervisory horticulturist with Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, DC. He is creator of the Smithsonian Gardens Pollination Investigation. He is also the editor of the Smithsonian’s first gardening book, Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location. James studied horticulture at the University of Connecticut and went on to earn a master’s degree from the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. He previously served as the horticulturist for River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria, Virginia.

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