Botanical Society of America: Botanical Conference General Information

Botanical Society of America

-- Alpine Diversity: Adapted to the Peaks -- July 31-August 5, 2004 -- Snowbird Resort -- Salt Lake City -- Utah--

General Information

Participating Societies

American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS)
American Fern Society
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Botanical Society of America



Conference Overview

The annual Botany Conference brings together a broad spectrum of researchers, professors, educators and motivated students, all focused on what’s new and vibrant in the diverse field of plant biology. Botany 2004 promises to be the most successful in the series. This is the annual conference of four leading professional societies, including the Botanical Society of America, the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the American Fern Society.

An anticipated 800 participants will present over 600 scientific contributions including 14 symposia, papers, posters, and special lectures. A full slate of field trips and scientific workshops and social events will round out the program.

Botany 2004 is being held at the Snowbird Resort, near Salt Lake City, Utah. Nestled in the Watsach Mountains, it is a setting surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and botanical interest. An Exhibit Hall will be located in the Event Center Tent, which will be the center of social activities including conference-wide breaks and poster session for the meeting.

Saturday, July 31, will feature the 3rd Educational and Outreach Forum. This successful component of the Botany conference is designed to draw an audience of educators and researchers involved in the teaching of biology and plant science on many levels, from kindergarten through college. The day will include a range of interesting discussion-type sessions, a keynote lecture by Dr. Eugenie Scott, Director, National Center for Science Education, and conclude with a reception, which will give attendees the opportunity to discuss and network in a social setting.

Sunday, August 1, will be an active day of scientific workshops, and fieldtrips. Sunday evening will open the scientific meeting with the conference-wide Plenary Lecture. The Plenary speaker, Dr. Rita Cowell, will bring the perspective of the immediate past Director of the National Science Foundation to excite and challenge attendees.

Monday morning, August 2, kicks off the scientific sessions and special symposia. Tuesday afternoon, August 3, will feature a conference-wide Poster Session, with an expected 200 posters featuring current research and recent topics. Scientific Sessions will conclude on Wednesday August 4. Participating Societies will also hold social events and meetings through out the week.

The Snowbird Resort and Conference Center was chosen for the site of Botany 2004 for the unique botanical interests of the area, and also for the destination. Plan to include this meeting in your family vacation plans for this summer. Botany 2004 will be a family-friendly conference, with 10 exciting local tours planned, Camp Snowbird for kids, an evening of free Stargazing, and to begin the week - Snowbird’s 17th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

Housing has also been arranged to accommodate families with condo-style housing that sleeps up to six, and are complete with a kitchen!


Comments and Questions

BSA Meeting Manager - Johanne Stogran

Botany 2004 Conference Planning Team

Program Committees

The Scientific Meeting Program Committee
Education Forum Program Committee - Coming Soon!


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