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18th – 23rd February 2018 Rydges Hotel Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

The 15th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants will be held in stunning Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand, from 18–23rd of February 2018. The aim of the conference is to promote debate on all issues relating to the science and management of aquatic vegetation, and will include a wide scientific programme. It is the first time this meeting has been held outside of Europe, reflecting the rising interest in aquatic vegetation globally.

Previous International Aquatic Plant Symposiums have had an intimate and collegial atmosphere which has facilitated discussion, formal networking and the enjoyment of delegates. To retain this atmosphere, the total number of delegates for the conference is limited, so we will be encouraging delegates to register early. As Queenstown is a very popular destination, we will also be recommending that delegates book their accommodation well in advance of travel.

You can now download the full conference programme, as well as a list of posters that have been accepted for presentation during the conference.

So that we can contact you with information and updates on speakers, programmes, registration and accommodation over the next few months, please register your interest with us using the online form above.

About Queenstown: Queenstown is located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There are activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, jet boating, horse trekking, cycling and river rafting all year round. For the less thrill seeking you could take a lake cruise on the 100 year old steamship, and there are beautiful walking tracks, wine tasting, golfing and fishing opportunities. There is something for everyone and on our mid-week excursion we will touch on many of these delights as well as the aquatic botanical fare.

About the 15th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants

The meeting is being arranged under the auspices of SIL and the EWRS. An international scientific committee oversees the conference and its outputs while a local organising committee looks after the conference management.

International scientific committee

  • Angela Gurnell, United Kingdom
  • Elisabeth S. Bakker, Netherlands: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Eva Papastergiadou, Greece: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Jaume Cambra, Spain: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • John Clayton, New Zealand: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Krzysztof Szoszkiewicz, Poland: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Ludwig Triest, Belgium: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • M. Elisabeth Gross, France: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Matthew O’Hare, United Kingdom: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Patricia Chambers, Canada: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Seppo Hellsten, Finland: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Sidinei Magela Thomaz, Brazil: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Teresa Ferreira (Chair), Portugal: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Local organising committee

Deborah Hofstra (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.), Paul Champion (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.) and John Clayton (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.) from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Hamilton, New Zealand.

Assistance in development of the science and social programme is provided by colleagues within NIWA, from Australia (Tony Dugdale, Enable JavaScript to view protected content.), the USA (John Madsen, Enable JavaScript to view protected content.) and Europe (Andreas Hussner, Enable JavaScript to view protected content., and Petra Redekop, Enable JavaScript to view protected content.).

Map of New Zealand Queenstown

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