2017 Hawaiian Botanical Forum


 The Planning Committee for the 2017 Hawaiian Botanical Forum has made the difficult decision to postpone the Hawaiian Botanical Forum, scheduled for October 23-24, 2017. The postponement is due to myriad unforeseen reasons, including potential budget cuts and sponsorship issues. The planning committee will notify you of the new dates once it is decided.

 Thank you all for your interest in attending this important event and we look forward to your participation in the forum in the future. We truly apologize for the inconvenience.


The 2nd Hawaiian Botanical Forum aims to bring together the Hawaiian botanical community to share research and practices in science, conservation, and management efforts regarding native Hawaiian plants, and to promote discussion, collaboration, and sharing of knowledge among all parties. This year’s theme: “Hawaiian Forest Restoration in the Face of Climate Change” highlights the critical challenges that will be faced by the Hawaiian botanical community as it strives to understand, plan for, and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on plants in Hawai’i and the Pacific. This forum is geared towards scientists, managers, practitioners, and students, but all are welcome. Though most case studies will focus on the main Hawaiian Islands, session topics will be applicable to other geographic areas. Session talks will be selected by the 2017 Hawaiian Botanical Forum Committee and will emphasize the impacts of climate change on native Hawaiian forests and how those impacts may be mitigated so we can ensure the recovery and perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s unique botanical diversity.


The first day of the forum will feature a traditional conference format in the morning session, with speakers and presentations on climate change and effects on native Hawaiian forests. The afternoon session will include breakout sessions that focus on particular aspects of Hawaiian botany/climate change impacts. These breakout sessions will be hands-on, where attendees in interactive groups will drive what is discussed. In the afternoon will be the first session of short ‘shout-out’ presentations, followed by the poster session, and then dinner. Day two will start with traditional presentations on propagation of rare and common native Hawaiian plants, germplasm conservation, and plant pests and disease. This will be followed by lunch, more ‘shout-out’ talks, and another breakout session for focused group discussions. Optional field trips and excursions will be offered before and after the forum.


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The 2nd Hawaiian Botanical Forum will have two great ways for you to participate and share your project, research, or message with other Forum attendees. Please consider displaying a poster and/or presenting a 5- or 10-minute (Yes! 5 minutes!) talk in the Shout Out sessions! We look forward to hearing and learning all about what you do! If you or your group plan to present a poster and/or talk, please complete the application form (see link below).  Abstracts will be accepted until 5 PM HST on Monday, May 15, 2017, or until all poster and talk slots are filled. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the HBF selection committee, and presenters of selected posters and talks will be notified by June 15, 2017.


Submit all abstract applications and questions to: hawaiianbotanicalforum@gmail.com


Subject Guidelines for both Posters and Shout Out Talks:

Posters and Shout Out Talks should be related to some aspect of Hawaiian Botany with preference given to abstracts that also relate to the theme of the 2nd Hawaiian Botanical Forum: “Hawaiian Forest Restoration in the Face of Climate Change.” This includes the scientific study of plants in Hawai’i and the Pacific, including their physiology, anatomy, genetics and phylogeny, ecology, natural history, distribution, classification, and economic importance; as well as the protection, conservation, restoration, propagation, and management of native Hawaiian plants; or management, control, and prevention of introductions of non-native plants in Hawai‘i or the Pacific. Also encouraged are abstracts that present novel techniques, approaches, and technologies that will aid in Hawaiian botanical research, conservation, and/or management. Abstracts that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.


Poster guidelines and display instructions:

Tri-fold poster boards (36” X 48”) will be provided to display the posters. Your poster can be secured to these stand-alone boards, which will be displayed for viewing in the KMC Koa Room throughout the 2-day forum event. You will be responsible for setting up your own posters and providing the necessary supplies (pins, scissors, tape, etc.) to secure your poster to the board. Set-up time for posters will be before 10:45 AM or during breaks on Monday, October 23,2017. The formal poster session will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017, 5:30-6:30 PM in the Koa Room. Mandatory take-down will be by 4:30 PM on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Posters not removed by 4:30 PM will be discarded.


Shout Out Talks guidelines and instructions:

New to the 2nd Hawaiian Botanical Forum are the two Shout Out Sessions (one on each forum day), which will provide a platform for attendees to present their work, projects, research, or interests to others. Forum registrants proposing Shout Out Talks may choose either 5- or 10-minute talk lengths. These talks are SHORT, with 6-12 talks projected for each hour-long session. For all talks, if you are planning a PowerPoint presentation, please limit the number of slides to no more than 3.  It is required that all PowerPoint presentations be emailed to hawaiianbotanicalforum@gmail.com, no later than Saturday, October 21, 2017, 5:00 PM HST. Please include any time reserved for questions into your 5- or 10-minute allotment. Hand-held pictures, posters, and props may be used, but should be large enough for the audience to see. Time will be monitored strictly.

Poster & Shout Out Application Form

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