Botanic Garden Meise

 Scientific Meetings


Call for contributions


Delegates are invited to contribute to the congress. Contributions should be oral or poster presentations.

Participants interested in contributing are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed contribution before July 8, 2010. The Organising Committee reserves the right to refuse a contribution or to propose a different form. Abstracts of accepted contributions will be published in the abstract book.



Instructions for presentations


Oral presentations

Each oral presentation will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Oral presentations should be in English (preferred) or French. All powerpoint files should be delivered in the conference office at the Bouchout castle, a day before the lecture at the latest.

The conference hall will be fully equipped with audio-visual devices including microphones. The computer platform running PowerPoint software is IBM PC compatible only.           

Poster presentations 

Poster presentation is preferably in English or French. Posters will be displayed on smooth boards. Exhibitors are responsible for mounting posters and removing them. Materials for poster mounting will be provided. Authors should comply with the following guidelines when preparing posters: maximum size not to exceed 90 cm in width by 150 cm in height. Title, authors' names and affiliation should be included at the top of the poster. Lettering should be legible from a distance of 1m. The poster should consist of objectives, methods, results and discussions. It should be clear, simple and self-explanatory; although time will be reserved for poster viewing and discussion, posters must be understandable in the absence of the author.



Instructions for abstracts


Each abstract should be written in English (preferred) or French and limited to fewer than 400 words in length including title, author(s) and affiliation. 

Abstracts should be clear and concise with objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. Authors can submit one abstract for the oral presentations and a maximum of two abstracts for the poster sessions, but they can also be listed as co-authors on other abstracts. When writing the abstract, we strongly recommend:  

  • the title should be in bold using small characters
  • author(s) (last name in bold) on one line followed by the e-mail address of the first author; the presenting authors should be underlined
  • affiliations on a separate line
  • then a blanc line before the text begins
  • plain text, single line-spacing
  • Times New Roman font, Font size 12
  • 160 mm wide by 230 mm long


Names and terms represented by abbreviations must be written in full when they are first mentioned, with abbreviations in parentheses. 

Send your abstracts by e-mail to as an MS-Word file attachment. The first authors will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from the Symposium organisation within a few days of receipt of their abstracts. Hard copies should be mailed (or faxed) ONLY if there is no e-mail access. The Scientific Committee is responsible for reviewing the abstracts to be presented at the Symposium. All abstracts will be published in the series Scripta Botanica Belgica. 


Abstract Example

Oral presentation: ________ Poster presentation: __________

Botanical Diversity: Exploration, Understanding and Use

Jan Rammeloo, Elmar Robbrecht & Danielle Swinne

National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Department of Bryophyta & Thallophyta, Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise, Belgium

Abstract’s content [MS-Word, single-space typing, Times New Roman, font size 12]

One page maximum




Full papers from the Congress (oral and poster presentations) will be published by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences.

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