Location & dates Virtual 4 - 5 Nov 2020
Deadlines Registration closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.


Elinor Breman
Kew Gardens, UK

Banking on our future - the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership


With biodiversity under increasing pressure in the natural environment one option to hold hope for the future is storing material ex situ – seed banks provide just this insurance policy for plants. RBG Kew has been working in seed conservation since the 1970s, and with a forward focus created the Millennium Seed Bank, on a scale large enough to house 75% of the world’s orthodox seed-bearing plants. After a brief overview of how we store seeds I will talk to you about our global partnership and how it is helping create options for plants, and people, in the future. Highlights include the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change Project, the Caucasus Fruit and Nut project and the UK National Tree Seed project, among others. 


Elinor has been working in plant conservation since joining RBG Kew in 2013. Prior to that she was an academic researcher at the University of Oxford in the Biodiversity Institute. Elinor holds a PhD in palaeoecology, an MSc in forestry and land use, and an MA in plant sciences. She is committed to finding solutions to the problems facing plant life on our planet and to better understanding the ecology and uses of plants.