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Improving Conservation Outcomes for Southeastern Plants

Saving Plants Through Partnerships


Tuesday, October 15

Main Conference

Wednesday, October 16 - Friday, October 18

Join us for the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) 2024 Conference
at Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, GA.

Information about the conference can be found below.
Check back regularly for updates as we approach the conference dates.

Read more about the proceedings of past SePPCon events on the Atlanta Botanical Garden SePPCon page.

Workshops | Tuesday, October 15
Main Conference | Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 18
When registering at the link below, you will make all of your
conference ticket, workshop, t-shirt, and discounted parking selections on the first page. 
Lunch is included with workshop and conference registration. 
Selections can be made for lunch preferences Wednesday-Friday during registration.


Click on each workshop to see its description.
Lunch will be provided. 
Register for workshops at the same time as conference registration.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Reed Noss

Reed Noss has broad-ranging interests in ecology, biogeography, and conservation. His recent research topics include regional conservation planning; fire ecology; ecosystem conservation and restoration; road ecology; and vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change. His most recent books are Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2012) and Fire Ecology of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain (University Press of Florida, 2018). 

Dr. Kayri Havens

Rare plants are facing a multitude of threats, from habitat loss and invasive species to climate change and more. Effectively conserving these species requires maintaining collections ex situ, understanding their biology and ecological interactions, addressing threats in situ, and confronting plant conservation capacity issues.  We will discuss both science and policy approaches Chicago Botanic Garden is taking to improve plant conservation and restoration efforts.

Dr. Jared Margulies

Jared D. Margulies is assistant professor of political ecology in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama. His work has been published in leading academic journals across the fields of social, cultural, and political geography; political ecology; the conservation social sciences; and environmental humanities.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be accepted through July 31, 2024.

Presentations should focus on ex situ conservation, in situ action, or conservation planning.
See below for potential topics included in each theme to categorize your presentation appropriately.

*Please submit only one abstract per presentation style (oral/poster)

Ex Situ Conservation​

Potential research topics could include

Conservation horticulture
Seedbanking and micropropagation
Tissue culture and cryogenic storage
Utilizing and updating best practices and guidelines

In Situ Action

Potential research topics could include

Augmentation and reintroduction
Experimental management
Community ecology
Private lands, easements, acquisitions, and right-of-ways

Conservation Planning & Advocacy

Potential topics could include

Conservation informatics
Data management and sharing
Climate change research and tools
Wildlife Action Plans (States, Territories, Tribal Nations)
Culturally significant, economic, and medicinal species conservation
Environmental justice

The deadline to submit your scholarship application to attend SePPCon is July 31, 2024.

A limited number of scholarships are available to help defray registration, lodging, or travel costs for SePPCon participants. 

Eligible individuals include students (undergraduate, masters, doctorate), young professionals (within 5 years of receiving terminal degree), State and federally-recognized Tribal Natural Resource Agencies, Natural Heritage Programs, and historically under-resourced communities.

If you feel you are eligible for a scholarship based on the above criteria, please fill out the application below. Applications will be reviewed by the SePPCon 2024 Scholarship Committee.

Check back soon for the full conference schedule.

Workshops | Tuesday, October 15
Main Conference | Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 18

Atlanta Botanical Garden has a hotel block reserved with Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown.
Canopy is located in Midtown, near Atlantic Station as well as the Arts Center Marta Station off of Exit 251A on the 85N interstate. They are situated just 12 miles from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The hotel is located 2 blocks from the Arts Center MARTA station which originates from the Airport.

Available reservation dates are from October 14 – October 19

Block rates are available until September 14, 2024

Rate  |  $232.96/night ($195 + $37.96 tax, fees)
Address  |  1414 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Book online

 Book by phone
Reference SePPCon Conference 2024 (Group Code 91G)

Other Hotels
These hotels are not to be considered a recommendation of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Hotels have indicated they can honor the government lodging rate depending on availability. 

The Starling Atlanta Midtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Midtown
Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown
Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta
Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Midtown

The Midtown Atlanta area boasts many Airbnb options.  Search near Piedmont Park and Midtown Atlanta for options closest to Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Location | Atlanta Botanical Garden
Address | 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Nearest Airport | Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

Transportation Options
Marta (train, bus)