Lost world in biodiversity studies: focus at the Earth's blank spaces


Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS (Russia)

Far Eastern Federal University (Russia)

Pavel Krestov, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia

Organizing Committee:
Valentina A. Kalinkina, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Elena A. Pimenova, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Anthony Allison, M.A., International Environmental Education Exchange, EarthCorps, USA
Dmitri E. Kislov, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Kirill A. Korznikov, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Ekaterina A. Petrunenko, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Anna S. Vozmishcheva, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia

Scientific Committee:
Leonid V. Averyanov, Dr. Prof., V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute RAS, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Vadim A. Bakalin, Dr., Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Vladivostok, Russia
Vyacheslav Yu. Barkalov, Dr. Prof., Center for biodiversity research FEB RAS, Vladivostok, Russia
Kirill S. Golokhvast, Dr., Prof., Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
Pavel V. Krestov, Dr., Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Vladivostok, Russia
Cheol-Ho Lee, Dr., DMZ Botanic Garden, Korea National Arboretum, Yanggu, Republic of Korea
Hai Ren (任海), Dr., Prof., South China Botanical Garden, Chines Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
Alexey P. Seregin, Dr., M.V. Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia


2019-01-11: Conference site opened
2019-01-11: Call for pre-registration
2019-02-18: Preliminary program online (updated upon new registrations)

Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia


Dear Colleagues! Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS cordially invites you to the Conference "Lost world" in biodiversity studies: focus on the Earth's "blank spaces" that will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, on 23-27 of September, 2019.

The 21st century has seen the beginning of a third 100-year study of flora and vegetation in Northeast Asia. This region contains some of the world's best-preserved ecosystems, the value of which for humankind has yet to be fully understood. The previous 100-year study of flora and vegetation produced a great amount of data that allows new approaches to big-data synthesis, and opens up new opportunities in the utilization of accumulated knowledge for human well-being. Northeast Asia still has many places in which the biota has not been investigated in detail, and from the viewpoint of global phytogeography these areas remain “blank spaces.” On the other hand, political, cultural, and methodological differences have created many disagreements over terms and theories of plant-related disciplines, and this has also caused “blank spaces” in our knowledge. This conference focuses on analysis of why phytogeographical data are still not available in global biodiversity datasets. We will try to understand how to obtain new biodiversity data, and to what extent new data may transform our current knowledge about biodiversity, and about its temporal structure and evolution.

We anticipate that this conference will provide a useful step forward in understanding how more complete global biodiversity databases could help in studies of the formative processes of one of the world's most significant biomes, as well as an improved historical perspective of its influence on vegetation formation on other continents.

The main theme of the Conference

The purpose of the conference is not only to exchange knowledge. It is also to find common ground in existing and developing theories and information bases for the future study of Northeast Asian and world flora and vegetation. Additionally, the conference will enhance cooperation in the extension of biodiversity studies to improve human-ecosystem interactions in the region and beyond.

We expect the main themes will include:

1. Studies of diversity of the plant world: systematization, documentation, synthesis.
2. Preservation of diversity of the plant world: current status, and the role botanical gardens can play
3. Understanding of diversity of the plant world: environmental-botanical education and awareness.

In addition to papers on these topics, we welcome your proposals for other related subjects to be discussed during the Conference.

Side events

During the conference we plan also two side events: 1) meeting of the EABCN (East Asian Biodiversity Conservation Network) council (coordinator You Me Lee); 2) Open air lesson on botanical and ecological education (coordinators Valentina Kalinkina and Anthony Allison).

Besides the scientific contributions we also await submissions from teachers, graduate students, post-graduate students, magistrates, as well as leaders and specialists who work in children's leisure and recreational organizations, supplementary education organizations.

The symposium abstracts will be available before the Conference. Organizing Committee is seeking the opportunities to publish the selection of papers in special issues of professional journals specializing on biodiversity studies.


2019/01/11 – Opening the conference site 2019/01/21 - Second circular, call for papers and abstract. Registration starts
2019/02/04 - Registration payment and Abstract submission will be opened
2019/02/15 - Excursion payment call
2019/04/15 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts and registration forms. Deadline for information for the official invitations from the Russian migration office
2019/05/15 - Notification of registration and acceptance of abstracts. Official invitation letters. Deadline for early prepayment. Deadline for excursion payment
2019/07/15 - Deadline for late prepayment. After this date only payment on site is possible


2019/09/23 – Registration, Plenary Session, Reception
2019/09/24 – Sessions
2019/09/25 – Mid-symposium excursion
2019/09/26 – Sessions, closing session, Open lesson for ecological education with children, Farewell Party
2019/09/27 – Departure for post-symposium excursion


Registration fee for the conference is 3000 roubles (includes registration pack, coffee brakes). Reduced registration fee for undergraduate and postgraduate students is 1000 roubles.

• Registration fee includes expenses for participation in the sessions, coffee breaks, and a conference pack.

• Registration fee does not include fee for the excursions. Information about the hotels, excursions, and fee for that will be provided in the second Information Letter.

• The information on payment methods will be delivered to participants soon.


Both oral and poster presentations may be presented. An oral presentation may last 20 minutes (including less than 5 minutes for question and discussion). Speakers may use an electronic projector. Please contact the Organizing committee individually for any other forms of presentation. Vertical numbered display boards 120 by 120 cm will be prepared for posters. Numbers will be placed at the upper left corner of the board. The participants will know their poster number after acceptance of abstract by Organizing Secretariat and registration. The diversity of styles in poster design is appreciated, with the only requirements being the inclusion of the presentation title and name and affiliation of author(s) at the top of poster. The poster session will be organized on a day inconvenient for field trips and excursion, although the posters will be displayed during 4 days between opening and closing ceremony. Informal presentations (slide show, video or oral presentation) may be arranged in the evening time after the sessions or excursions and dinner in the guest rooms of Hotels booked for the Symposium participants. It will be appreciated if you bring presentations with you to share your impressions and experience with participants.

An example of design of abstract for the Conference

Pavel V. Krestov

Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Vladivostok, 690024, Russia

Your submission should include the title, author name(s), affiliation and address. It must be submitted through the web-site of symposium at http://www.geobotanica.ru/symposium_2019 or sent as by the e-mail to the address of the Symposium Secretariat. Electronic version must be prepared in the one of following formats: Word (.doc or docx), Rich text format (.rtf), or ASCII (DOS) format (.txt). Please make your abstract not shorter than 1400 and not longer than 2100 characters including spaces between words. Tables, figures or references are not accepted. The abstract book will be published before the conference and posted in the site of conference. Organizing Committee is looking for opportunity to publish selected papers in one of the peer reviewed journal. The Conference Secretariat is to receive your abstracts not later than September 10, 2019.


Invited speakers: time slot is 30 minutes, the only recommendation is to give as much as deep overview on the subject of presentation.

Plenary presentations: time slot is 30 minutes, it is recommended to leave 3 to 5 minutes for questions.

Oral presentations: time slot is 20 minutes, it is recommended to leave 3 minutes for questions.

Express presentations: time slot is 5 minutes, it is recommended to to advertise you work and make the audience interested in your research. Base your presentation on poster or 3–4 slides.

Poster presentations: Stands for the posters will be provided by Ogranizing committee. Posters are expected to be exposed during whole conference.


Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS
Address: Makovskii Str. 142, Vladivostok, Russia

Far Eastern Branch of the Russian academy of Sciences
Address: Svetlanskaya Str. 50, Vladivostok, Russia


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Now we are working on the possibilities of organization of excursions in the city of Vladivostok and the southernmost of Far Eastern Russia. Information will be available soon. Longest post-symposium excursion will end at the evening of October 02, 2019. Please consider this when arranging your travel schedule.

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Vladivostok city, the Russian gate to East Asia has undergone a profound transformation in the last 10 years. Russian, provincial and Vladivostok city governments have built a new large university, new road systems, two marine bridges, a new Aquarium and considerably improved the city infrastructure.

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From a botanical point of view late September in Vladivostok is still the second half of summer. This is the beginning of flowering peak for Asteraceae. The weather should be very comfortable for the sessions and excursions. We are firmly committed to achieving our best in symposium organization and extend a very warm invitation to you.

All foreign participants of the Conference must have valid Passport and visa to enter in Russia. Please contact the nearest Russian Consulate to obtain visa. In the Consulate everyone will be asked for official invitation letter from Russian Immigration Office and invitation letter from Organizing Committee of Symposium. The letter from Russian Immigration Office is our responsibility, and in order to prepare it we need to obtain from you following information:

1. Passport data (all information on the first page of your passport including passport number);
2. Length of your stay in Russia;
3. Photocopy of the first page (with photo) of your passport, faxed or sent by e-mail;
4. Exact route of your travel within Russia (based on the itinerary);
5. Affiliation and organization-employer of participants with full mailing address, telephone and fax;
6. The city with Russian Consulate, where you intend to apply for Russian visa.

Earlier submission of required documents will guarantee the timely prepared official invitation letter. The deadline for information submission is April 15, 2019.

How to reach Vladivostok
Vladivostok is situated in the southernmost part of the Russian Far East. The fastest way to reach city is by air. Direct flights from Tokyo, Toyama, Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Rep. Korea), Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai, Hong-Kong (China) to Vladivostok are available from Aurora, Korean Air and Siberian Air (S7). Aeroflot, Siberian Air and Aurora connect European Russian cities (Moscow, St.-Petersburg) to Vladivostok. Aeroflot, Siberian Air, Ural Air connect Vladivostok to Irkutsk and to Petropavlovsk. European participants can reach Vladivostok via Moscow, St.-Peterburg or Novosibirsk, taking direct flight from one of those points to Vladivostok. For more specific information, please contact the Organizing Committee.

Local information
The registration fee does not cover insurance for the participant. We would strongly recommend to bring specific medicine if you use any. No vaccinations are needed in Russia.

During the sessions no formal dress is required, but casual style is a minimum requirement. During the excursions we suggest to bring warm sweater, warm coat, water proof clothing. Good news: no mosquitoes and ticks in this season in the areas of conference and excursions.

The Russian monetary unit is Ruble [rubl']. In January 2019 $ 1 US = 66-67 Rubles. These rates will likely remain actual in September 2019.

Credit cards are accepted in all big cities, credit card terminals and ATMs are available in the big hotels. You may use only Russian Rubles in Russia. Cash can be easily obtained from ATMs from any credit cards. If you want to take some amount of cash from your country, please note that most convenient currencies in Russia are US$ and Euros. It is possible to exchange them to rubles in the any place in Russia. There may be difficulties to exchange any other currency.

Vladivostok time belt is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and 7 hours ahead of Moscow time.

The electric current is 220-240 V, 50 Hz alternating current. Two-pin round plugs are standard.

International telephones, Fax, e-mail will be available in the Symposium Venue and Hotel, reserved for participants.

Secretariat: e-mail: conference2019@botsad.ru

Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS
Address: Makovskii Str. 142, Vladivostok 690024 Russia
Tel.: +7 914 7038565
Fax: +7 423 2388041
Pavel Krestov
e-mail: krestov@botsad.ru

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