Annual Exhibition Meeting

*NEW* This year's Annual Exhibition Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st November and in light of Covid-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, the event will be entirely virtual! It will be delivered via Zoom, this website and social media platforms, and via our new BSBI You Tube channel. Put the date in your diaries for now and watch this space for more info!

Exhibition Meeting 2019

The 2019 BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting took place on Saturday 23rd November at the Natural History Museum, London and attracted 237 people over the course of the day. They enjoyed 41 exhibits, six full-length talks, nine lightning talks and two presidential addresses.

For everyone who was able to attend, the abstracts, floorplan and exhibitors' list below should provide a useful aide-memoir - there is so much to take in on the day, it's useful to be able to view websites and social media accounts, or email the exhibitors, once you're back home.

And if you weren't able to attend, the documents below should still be of interest and will give you a taste of what you missed:

You can see images from the day, and read what people were saying, if you click here.

This year's Exhibition Meeting Organising Team are Ciara, Ellen, George, Ian, Jodey, Kylie & Louise. You can contact us on - we look forward to hearing from you!

Click here to read what people have said about the BSBI Exhibition Meeting on Twitter. You don't need to have a Twitter account to find out what people are saying!

Exhibition Meeting 2019: programme

Click on the links to view or download pdfs of the talks:

11:15 Welcome from Sandy Knapp, Natural History Museum

11.20 Introduction from Chris Metherell (outgoing BSBI President)

11-12:30 Talks from BSBI and friends: our botanical year

Chair: Jodey Peyton (Chair, BSBI Meetings & Communications Committee)

12:30-13:00 AGM of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland.

13:00-13:10 Short address by Lynne Farrell (incoming BSBI President)

13:10-13:20 Inaugural meeting of BSBI Committee for England

15:15-16.15 Talks about BSBI Publications and Research

Chair: Ciara Dwyer (Secretary, BSBI Publications Committee)

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. You also don't need to be a botanical expert or a professional botanist - beginners are particularly welcome.

The meeting is free to attend and exhibitor space is also free!

As well as exhibits, there are talks, including updates on BSBI projects, activities and publications, and a behind-the-scenes tour of a herbarium or plant science lab. The location changes from year to year. Visit our Exhibition Meeting archive to see examples of talks and exhibits from recent years.

BSBI Annual General Meeting

We've set aside 30 minutes before lunch for the BSBI Annual General Meeting (AGM).

If you are a BSBI member, the AGM is your chance to vote on items relating to the society’s governance. Please head over to our AGM webpage to download the agenda which is always posted at least a fortnight ahead of the meeting. You will be able to find out more about the new Trustees and Council members proposed in the agenda.

Any member can attend or can raise a matter for discussion by contacting our Company Secretary Steve Gater in advance of the AGM.

If you are not a BSBI member, you can choose to stay in the lecture theatre and listen to our discussions (although you won't be able to vote) or you can opt to visit the exhibition hall instead.