In 2014, the Society decided to inaugurate an Annual Lecture from a distinguished speaker on a subject of current interest or concern.
The 2016 lecture, open to all ITS members, their guests and to the general public, will be held on October 6, 2016 at 2.00pm in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin by kind permission of its Director, Dr. Mathew Jebb.
Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will give a lecture entitled Managing Threats to Ornamental Trees. http://www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm
The inaugural lecture was held on 15 April 2015 in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. The speaker was Martin Gardner M B E, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and his topic was
Conifers in Crisis: the work of the International Conifer Conservation Programme.
The lecture was recorded for the Society and you can view it by clicking the link below and then entering the password conifer1
As a result of recent conservation assessments, some 200 of 615 conifer species worldwide are known to be threatened with extinction by human activities. Since 1991, the International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, has developed a range of initiatives - taxonomic, genetic, horticultural - to help conserve the most threatened conifer species. This includes establishing a network of in situ and ex situ sites internationally, including Ireland.
Martin Gardner has been associated with ICCP since its establishment and is a leading expert on this issue. He has published extensively and actively for the past 20 years on endangered conifers, especially those of Latin America (notably Chile) and New Caledonia. He has visited over 30 countries to study and collect research materials of threatened conifers.