07h45Door openingRegistration
08h30Workshop & discussions

Beyond the state-of-the-art in herbarium-based research
Herbarium specimens ultimately play a fundamental role in a remarkably broad range of research projects, that may or may not be based at collection-holding institutions. Different uses emphasize often different aspects of specimens. This includes physical plant material (e.g., for ancient DNA or stable isotope analysis), high-resolution digital images (such as some taxonomic, morphometric or phenological purposes), and pure label data of well-determined specimens (for instance, some floristic purposes and biodiversity assessments). Finding specimens through digitalization projects are typically critical to all, including for the history of science. Herbarium leadership is directly or indirectly responsible for enabling all this, inherently interdisciplinary, research.

This workshop will facilitate exchange among all stakeholders of herbarium-based research, from researchers- and curatorial perspectives. In smaller, interdisciplinary discussion groups, in which you actively participate, you will discuss (unrealized) potential of herbarium-based research, and discover other participants' perspective on how to realize them. The workshop represents a marker of ideas prior to the conference' talks, and also functions as ice-breaker.  In the plenary discussion at the end of the meeting, we will revisit ideas that surfaced in the workshop, and assess whether we should update them.

10h45Message of greetingProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andrea Schenker-Wicki, president of the University of Basel
11h00Keynote talkRichard B. Primack, Boston University, USA: Mobilizing herbarium specimens, botanical gardens, historical data sets and citizen science observations to investigate the biological effects of climate change**
11h35Further talksSpeakers and titles tbd
12h00Lunch break 
13h30Further talksSpeakers and titles tbd
17h15conference day 1End of conference day 1
18h15Public lecture

Prof. Richard B. Primack, Boston University, USA: Climate change effects on wildflowers, trees and birds. Building on the observations of the famous American environmental philosopher Henry David Thoreau, author of «Walden»

Henry David Thoreau is America’s most famous environmental philosopher and author of the book Walden. For the past 18 years, Professor Richard Primack and his team have been building on Thoreau’s records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to investigate the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier flight times of butterflies, and the more variable response of migratory birds. Plants are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. This work is now being extended to the neglected autumn season.  What would Thoreau tell us to do about global climate change if he were alive today?

 Conference dinner 

Friday, 16 September 2022

08h30Keynote talkHernán A. Burbano, University College London, UK: A retrospective view on plant genetic diversity using ancient DNA**
09h05Further talksSpeakers and titles tbd
12h00 Meeting summary
12h30Lunch Break 
14h00ToursGuided tour in the Botanical Garden of the University of Basel
  Caspar Bauhin and the historic treasures of the Basel herbaria
17h00End of symposium 



Thursday, 15 September 2022

08h30  Workshop & discussions
10h45  Welcome
11h00  Keynote talk
11h35  Talks, morning
13h30  Talks, afternoon
17h15  End day 1
18h15  Public lecture

Friday, 16 September 2022
08h30  Keynote talk
09h05  Talks
12h00  Meeting summary
14h00  Tours (Bauhin herbarium, Botanic Garden)
17h00  End of symposium

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** Key-note talks with financial support from the FAG Basel