British & Irish Botanical Conference

On 23rd November 2024, we return to the Natural History Museum, London, for our main indoor event of the year! The British & Irish Botanical Conference will be a day of talks, exhibits, posters, a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-famous herbarium, a chance to catch up with botanical friends old and new.... save the date and keep an eye on this page for more info coming nearer the time.

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 Conference is free to attend and exhibitor space is also free, to give early-career botanists and those on a low income a chance to attend, but we welcome donations (however small) towards the cost of running this event every year.

As well as exhibits, there are talks and (usually) a behind-the-scenes tour of a herbarium, archive or laboratory. Want a better idea of what happens at this event? You can view videos of the talks and see electronic versions of many of the exhibits from recent events by visiting the British & Irish Botanical Conference 2023 webpage and the British & Irish Botanical Conference 2022 webpage. Or check out our Exhibition Meeting archive to see examples of talks and exhibits over the years.

You can also contact us on if you have any questions - we look forward to hearing from you!

The 2023 British & Irish Botanical Conference took place on Saturday 2nd December at the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. It was a huge success! Most of the talks were recorded - visit the British & Irish Botanical Conference 2023 webpage for links to the talks and for electronic versions of some of the exhibits.

BSBI Annual General Meeting

The BSBI Annual General Meeting (AGM) used to be held just before lunch at the Conference, but it is now held online as a separate event, allowing more members to participate.

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, and to book your space. You will also be able to find out more about the nominations for Trustees. Any member can attend or can raise a matter for discussion by contacting our Company Secretary in advance of the AGM.