Fourth International Legume Conference

Venue: Canberra

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event Date/Time: Jul 02, 2001 End Date/Time: Jul 06, 2001
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Canberra, Australia
Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July, 2001

Legumes Down Under will provide an opportunity for researchers in various disciplines to come together to present results of recent research on this important plant family. The conference will run for five days, mainly with concurrent sessions presenting research in many different disciplines.
If you are interested in attending this conference, please indicate so on the attached Reply Form. A Registration Circular will be available in February 2001.

Planning for the conference is well advanced. A program of symposia has been planned, and the organisers of each symposium are currently contacting potential speakers. To date, the following sessions have been planned:-

Phylogeny and biogeography of the family
Systematics of the Mimosoideae, especially Acacia
Systematics of the Caesalpinioideae
Systematics of the Papilionoideae
Developmental and Structural Morphology
Phytochemistry and Pharmacognoscy
Utilisation and Infraspecific Genetic Studies
Symbiosis and Landscape Rehabilitation
Animal-Legume Interactions
Software and Multimedia Tools (including an "internet café" workshop)
Sessions will include both invited and contributed papers, including a special session summarising legume phylogeny.

If you are interested in contributing an abstract for consideration, please indicate so on the attached Reply Form. A call for papers, including guidelines, will accompany the Registration Circular in February 2001. It may not be possible to accommodate all oral papers; however, we will provide for large poster sessions.

The conference will commence with a plenary presentation synthesizing recent work by several collaborators on the phylogeny of the family. This will be the most detailed phylogenetic tree yet presented for the legumes. The research towards this presentation is being coordinated by Marty Wojcechowski of the University of California.
A new book "Legumes of the World", concisely describing and illustrating every genus in the family, edited by Gwil Lewis and Brian Schrire, will be launched at the conference.

Leading Australian botanist Prof. Adrienne Clark will deliver a public lecture on the evening of Tuesday July 3, entitled "Risks and benefits from genetically modified crops".

On Sunday July 1, there will be a pre-conference social event, combined with a conference art show, at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra.

Venue and Date:
Legumes Down Under will be held at the Australian National University -- Manning Clark Centre, Canberra, A.C.T., from Monday July 2 to Friday July 6, 2001.

Canberra is the national capital of Australia. It has a population of 310,000, and it is an important base for legume research and education.
Canberra is also a beautiful city. Its character as a "city of light and space", a contemporary garden-city, makes it a major tourist destination. Attractions include its scenic landscapes, lakes, parks and hills, as well as its impressive public buildings, such as New Parliament House, the National Library, the National Gallery, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Academy of Science. Canberra is only a 2-hour drive from either the Snowy Mountains or the N.S.W. South Coast.

Though cool in July, Canberra's winter days are nearly always crisp and clear with sunny blue skies.


Dr Michael Crisp
Reader in Plant Systematics
Division of Botany and Zoology
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

Dr James Grimes
Senior Botanist
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra VIC 3141

Dr Joe Miller
Post Doctoral Fellow
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
Canberra ACT 0222

Dr David Morrison
Senior Lecturer
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney
Westbourne Street
Gore Hill NSW 2065

Australian Convention & Travel Services (ACTS)
Acting as Agents for Legumes Down Under Conference
GPO Box 2200
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6257 3299 (Int. +61 2)
Facsimile: (02) 6257 3256 (Int. +61 2)
Web site:
Conference web page:


Additional Information

Costs: We are not yet able to announce registration fees and other costs, as these will depend upon the amount of sponsorship money that were are able to obtain. We will be able to offer limited assistance towards travel costs, depending upon the outcome of some grant applications. Concessional registration fees will be available to students. Announcements of these details will appear on this web site and in the Registration Brochure.