Exhibition Meeting

Exhibition Meeting 2017

Each year in November, BSBI holds its Annual Exhibition Meeting (AEM) and the location changes from year to year. All are welcome (member and non-member, beginner and expert) and admission is free. The 2017 AEM will be held on Saturday, 25th November at the Natural History Museum, London.

Book here: To book your ticket and/ or to request a space on a herbarium tour, please click on this link. It will take you through to our online Eventbrite booking facility.

Exhibitors: If you would like to reserve exhibitor space, please download and fill in an AEM 2017 exhibitor booking form.docx and email it to meetings@bsbi.org. There is no charge to exhibit.

BSBI Annual General Meeting

We set aside an hour after lunch for the BSBI Annual General Meeting.

If you are not a BSBI member, this simply means that you are invited to visit the exhibition hall rather than remaining in the lecture theatre.

If you are a BSBI member, the AGM is your chance to vote on items relating to the society’s governance and any member can also raise a matter for discussion by contacting our Company Secretary Clive Lovatt in advance of the AGM. Our annual reports and accounts are available here

Exhibition Meeting 2016

The 2016 AEM was held on Saturday 26th November at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

To find out about the 38 exhibits and what visitors thought about the AEM, please click here and here. Many of the talks and exhibits have been uploaded so just click on the links (on the right) to download the pdf.

Exhibition Meeting 2015

11.30-12.30: Talks 1: Botanising across Britain & Ireland in 2015.

14.30-15.15: Talks 2: Learning more and getting involved – with BSBI and partners.

16.00-16.30: Keynote lecture: Alien plants (Mick Crawley - Imperial College). 

Draft programme 2017

Morning talks:

  • 11:30 BSBI Summer Meeting 2016 (Jonathan Shanklin, BSBI Field Meetings Secretary).
  • 11:45 The natural history of Upper Teesdale project (Margaret Bradshaw).
  • 12:00 Identification trainers for the future (Alex Mills, Natural History Museum).
  • 12:15 The Threatened Plants Project (Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science).

Afternoon talks:

  • 15:30 BSBI’s New Publication (Andrew Branson).
  • 15:45 Building and supporting Ireland’s botanical network (Maria Long, BSBI Irish Officer).
  • 16:00 Growing the next generation of botanists (George Garnett).
  • 16:15 BSBI and botanical training (Mark Duffell, BSBI Training & Education Committee).

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AEM 2016 Exhibits

Click on the link to download the exhibit.

Ryan Clark: A Focus on Nature. More here.

Monica Frisch: Guide to basal rosettes of 3 Thistles. More here.

George Garnett: Young Darwin Scholarship. More here.

Roger Horton: Databases combine to clarify relationships in botanising families.

Clive Lovatt: Plant recording using a grid system in Bristol in 1868. More here.

Louise Marsh: BSBI activities in 2017 - getting started with wildflower recording. 

Chris Metherell & Fred Rumsey: Euphrasia Handbook.

Oli Pescott et al.: ' Let us assay our plot': the NPMS in 2016. More here.

Mike Porter: Viola Handbook

Chris Preston & Oli Pescott: Dear Dr Perring: correspondence in the Atlas of the British Flora archive.

Lucy Ridding: Assessing long-term changes in vegetation.

Pete Stroh: Atlas 2020.

Kevin Walker, Pete Stroh & Bob Ellis:  Threatened Plants Project

Who can attend? What’s on?

We welcome everyone who is interested in the wild flowers of Britain and Ireland.

You don't need to be a BSBI member to attend: we particularly welcome potential members who can use the meeting to find out more about BSBI. 

As well as exhibits, there are talks, including updates on BSBI projects, activities and publications, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the NHM Herbarium. Scroll down this page to see examples of talks and exhibits from recent years.

Exhibition Meeting 2016

Click on the link to download the talk.

Morning Talks: From Field to Map – the story behind the dot.

Rare Plant Registers as aids to recording – Polly Spencer-Vellacott (BSBI Welsh Officer).

❖ Do BSBI national field meetings throw up interesting records? – Jon Shanklin (BSBI Field Meetings Secretary).

❖ BSBI and the National Biodiversity Network: from Gateway to Atlas - Jo Judge (CEO, National Biodiversity Network).

BSBI Handbooks as aids to recording – Chris Metherell (BSBI Hon Gen Sec).

Presentation of the Engler Silver Medal to co-authors of the Hybrid Flora of the British Isles.

Afternoon Talks: Putting Plants on the Map – working together for botanical recording.

BSBI and BRC/CEH: an enduring partnership – Chris Preston (BRC/CEH).

Using BSBI data to monitor vegetation changes – Lucy Ridding (CEH).

Surprising plant records and the botanists who recorded them – Paul Smith (Chair, BSBI Records & Research Committee; BSBI County Recorder for the Outer Hebrides).

The new Rare Arable Flowers App: identifying, recording and conserving one of our most threatened plant groups – Markus Wagner/Karolis Kaslauskis (BRC/CEH).

Keynote lecture: BSBI and BRC/CEH working together - David Roy (BRC/CEH).

Exhibition Meeting 2015

In 2015 the AEM was held at the Natural History Museum, London on 28th November. Presentations from the 2015 AEM are available by clicking on the title in the box on the left. They can all be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use.

The images on this page show some of the 205 people who came along on the day and some of the 44 exhibits they enjoyed. We also offered tours of the NHM Herbarium and the Wildlife Garden.

Our News & Views blog carried reports about the exhibits and the day’s activities.