Australia

 

The international "Fascination of Plants Day 2015" will be launched again under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2015 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2015 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the weeks of 3 - 31 May 2015. Just contact your National Coordinator or the EPSO Coordinator Trine Hvoslef-Eide trine.hvoslef-eide@umb.no or Przemysław Wojtaszek fopdpw@amu.edu.pl to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012 and 2013, with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2015 . If you would like to join this initiative, please contact your national coordinator.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and Questacon,
the National Science and Technology Centre
Host: King Edward Terrace, Parkes, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Organizer: ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis
Research School of Biology
The Australian National University
134 Linnaeus Way
ACTON ACT 2601

http://photosynthesis.org.au/fascinated-by-plants/

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    Fascinated by Plants
    This is an interactive event looking at plants and the fascinating process of photosynthesis.

    Can you imagine a world without plants? Our lives depend on these fascinating organisms as they provide the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat.

    We are celebrating the International Fascination of Plants Day with an event on photosynthesis. Our friends at Questacon have kindly offer one of their spaces, the Q-lab gallery, on the 20 and 21 of May.

    Discover the unique signature of plants using chromatography, extract some plant DNA and explore them under a microscope. Don’t simply believe that plants produce oxygen and transform light into food; see it with your own eyes!

    Visitors will be able to ask questions to a plant scientist, learn some amazing facts about plants and their importance in people’s lives.
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - Date: 20-21 May, 2015
    Time: 9 am - 4 pm
    - Q-lab gallery, Questacon. King Edward Terrace, Parkes Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia.
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Natalia Bateman, Communications Officer,
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis,
    Research School of Biology
    The Australian National University
    134 Linnaeus Way, ACTON ACT 2601
    T +61 2 6125 1703 F +61 2 6125 0758
    natalia.bateman@anu.edu.au
    http://photosynthesis.org.au/fascinated-by-plants/

Holland Park State High School
Brisbane, Queensland
https://hollparkshs.eq.edu.au/

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    Digital photography competition

    As in 2013 we will be holding a Digital Fascination of Plants photography competition, with students submitting photographs showcasing plants. Students are invited to submit up to two digital photographs featuring plants from our school grounds.
    contest photo contest
    - 18-22 May
    - Holland Park SHS, Bapaume Rd, Holland Park Q 4121
    Target audience: students
    Organizer: Cath Menzler HOD Science, cmenz1@eq.edu.au