Fall into nature with Plantlife: Around the world in 80 plants – why plant conservation is a truly international effort

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Plantlife’s International Programme is a focus for global conservation of plants and fungi, so we’re starting our Fall into Nature season with a world tour. Please join Plantlife’s Chief Executive, Ian Dunn, in conversation with Jonathan Drori CBE, author of Around the World in 80 Plants (and Around the World in 80 Trees). Ian will describe some of the most important botanical regions of the world, while Jonathan will share insights about amazing plants found in each one and show how their plant science is entwined with human history, culture and folklore. From the romantic to the regrettable, from the amusing to the bizarre, this event is for people who love plants, travel or reading!


Ian Dunn, Plantlife’s Chief Executive, joined Plantlife in early 2020 after a four year stint as Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton. Previously, Ian was the Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), and before GCT, Ian was on the managing board of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Prior to joining BAS, Ian spent nearly 25 years in business. Ian holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences, a MBA and in 2014 was awarded a distinction for a Masters in Studies of Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. Ian is deputy Chair of the Scottish Association of Marine Science and is Honorary Treasurer of the UK Antarctic Heritage. He is a qualified yoga teacher and is re-engaging with his creative side through oil painting and writing.

 Jonathan Drori CBE is an renowned author and science communicator who has dedicated his career to media and learning. He is a Trustee of The Eden Project, Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and a former Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust. He is Honorary Professor at Birmingham Institute of Forest Research. His books, Around the World in 80 Plants (2021) and Around the World in 80 Trees (2018) about the ways in which plant science and human history and culture are intertwined, are bestsellers in many languages. Jon was previously responsible for more than more than fifty prime-time BBC television science and technology documentaries and series. His talks on scientific, mostly botanical subjects, at the international TED conference have had millions of views. 

Plantlife relies on its members and donors. This event is free but if you would like to donate to support our work you can add an optional donation. The more you give, the more plants we can save. Thank you.

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Fri 1st Oct 2021
6:00pm BST
60 mins