s Call for Presenters - Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Call for Presenters


Share the experiences of your group with those attending from around Australia.  Be it a quick eight-minute presentation or a more lengthy workshop, we welcome your group's suggestions.

SEEKING PRESENTATIONS on the theme / sub-themes of ..
‘THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE’: Relationships, Volunteering, Climate and Technology

Individuals and groups are invited to make presentations and run workshops for the 2024 Conference. Below is a program summary showing in bold the opportunities available.

Please use the separate form to outline your proposed presentation AND/OR workshop. A further callout for submissions for the Rapid Fire session will be made after that for a deadline of mid-February 2024.

We are seeking three types of Member presentations:

  1.  4 Speakers x 15 mins - one each per sub-theme and linked to the main theme; whole-group session; organisers will select four only, so please submit something by the deadline.
  2.  4 Breakout Workshops x 40 mins - ‘Things We want to change’; facilitate + present your views + field inputs from other BG’s; four only to be selected, one per sub-theme.
  3.  6 ‘Our Story’ x 8mins - Rapid Fire session; short presentations to whole group; anything about your BG, incl. Q & A time; early expressions of interest welcome for a mid-February deadline.

Thanking you in anticipation,
Lynn Vlismas and Malcolm Cox
for the Conference Working Group

Conference Program extract - Summary of presentations

Saturday 24 August -

  • Keynote Speaker, Dale Arvidsson, Curator Brisbane BG’s: ‘The Challenge of Change’.
  • Bill Hadrill, Group Exec. SCC: ‘A Changing Sub-Tropical Garden’.
  • Lawrie Smith AM, Lands. Arch. retired: ‘The Current and Future Role of Regional Botanic Gardens’.
  • 4 Theme Presenters X 15 mins: [each on the Conference Theme - one per sub-theme].

Sunday 25 August -

  • Sunshine Coast Council: Community Education.
  • Community Partners (Sunshine Coast): ‘Collaborating for Change’.
  • 4 Theme Workshops - 4 Facilitator/Presenters, 40 min each: ‘Things We want to change’, drawn from one of the sub-themes; a solution-based session on your achievements or plans + ideas for action from other participants.
  • Rapid Fire session / 6 Botanic Gardens : 8 min each, inc. Q & A, on your BG/Group.

Download this WORD Document for you to complete and email back to us.


Email your proposal to:  bgfriends2024@gmail.com

We will respond by email when we receive it.


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Submit your Proposal Online

Complete this online form and we will respond by email when we receive it.

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Friends of Botanic Garden
THEME PRESENTATION*, Sat. 24 August, 15 minutes; whole-group.


Sub-Theme & Title (presentation):
Summary (max 100 words)
Requirements *
* Requirements
Lectern, screen, laptop and PA provided; Powerpoint and similar presentations to be supplied in advance;


THEME WORKSHOP*, Sun. 25 August, 40 minutes, 4 break-out locations, group of 15-20 pax.


* Workshops will provide for discussion and compilation of participants’ ideas and information for feedback via Conference Proceedings; Organisers will provide practical support and facilitators as required; Presenters will be expected to run their workshop based on a sound base of theory and/or practice, and produce a written summary of workshop outcomes (250 words + tables etc. negotiable).


Sub-theme & Title (workshop):
Equipment/Setup Needed
Workshop Format/Outline
Proposed Outcome/s:
RAPID FIRE session*, Sun. 25 August, 8 minutes inc. Q&A; any topic; whole-group. * Lectern, screen, laptop and PA provided; Powerpoint and similar presentations to be supplied in advance; this is an interim expression of interest for organiser’s consideration; a poster display option will be available.



Conference contacts

E:  bgfriends2024@gmail.com
W: www.friendsofmaroochybotanicgardens.org.au

The AAFBG acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.