Botanic Gardens: “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"

Speaker: David Ingram # STIS

18th Nov 2019

15:00 - 17:00

Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th Floor, CMB

The above title of a painting by Paul Gaugin provides a framework for a wide ranging, experience-based exploration of the work of Botanic Gardens from their origins in the teaching of medicine in 16th century Italy – a significant biomedical breakthrough - to their current and future global research and communication leadership roles in the conservation and sustainable utilization of plant diversity and the alleviation of environmental change. The effectiveness of the work of botanic gardens has in the past and with increasing momentum in the last three decades, been enhanced by continually embracing change. A renewed willingness to do so, together with a strengthening of collaboration and co-operation - a form of mutualistic symbiosis – provide the keys to the future. Throughout the Seminar, potential future roles for Science Studies professionals in the work of Botanic Gardens will be suggested.

David Ingram is Honorary Professor/Honorary Professorial Fellow at STIS: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/science_technology_and_innovation_studies/david_ingram