On Saturday 16 September 2017, members of the Plant Conservation Unit team, Gina Arena, Samantha Venter and Zander Venter attended the 100th anniversary of the popular annual Darling Wildflower Show. The show was organised by The Darling Wildflower Society and was held at the Darling Golf Club from 14 - 17 September 2017. This year’s centenary show focused on the Wildflower Society’s development over the last 100 years as well as the Herbarium project. Read the full article to learn more!
On 20-23 August 2017, Cherié Forbes, a doctoral candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit, participated in the 4th triennial Resilience 2017 Conference based in Stockholm, Sweden. Cherié’s poster presentation showcased preliminary pollen and charcoal findings from her PhD research. She was one of ca. 1000 international conference delegates of which ca. 100 were PhD and early career researches from 22 different countries worldwide. This Conference was co-hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Resilience Alliance. Read the article written by Cherié to learn more!
On Monday 11 September 2017, Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) Honourary Research Associate Dr Rick Rohde attended SCOLMA’s annual conference at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. This year’s theme was, ‘Document to Digital: how does digitisation aid African research?' Rick collaborated with Samantha Venter (rePhotoSA project coordinator) and PCU Director, Prof. Timm Hoffman to present on, ‘Repeat landscape photography, historical ecology and the wonder of digital archives’. Overall, Rick found the conference to be thought-provoking and a great success. Read the article to learn more!
In August, Plant Conservation Unit PhD student, Wesley Bell, and Timm Hoffman spent a few days in Namaqualand. Timm is contributing to an initiative by the Wilderness Foundation to develop grazing guidelines for the region and, since Wesley is conducting his PhD on Land Degradation in Namaqualand, he tagged along to learn more about how the vegetation is managed and to meet some of the people working in the region. Read the full article to learn more!