The Conversation – Plants and people: the art of living together

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Join our panel of experts as they discuss the vital connections between plants and people

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The stories of plants and people are connected in countless ways. Humans have always needed and loved plants, but we have also caused untold destruction on environments around the globe. In this fourth event in the series presented by State Library of Queensland and The Conversation, leading experts from around Australia will inform and inspire audiences in a thought-provoking online discussion.

Join Eddie Game (The Nature Conservancy), Tanja Beer (Queensland College of Art), Prudence Gibson (UNSW) and Laura Skates (UWA) for a passionate discussion about people's interactions with plants across social, emotional, scientific and creative endeavours. What is the relationship between plant studies and the arts? What innovative methods can we turn to when cities need greening, environments need preserving, and humans find themselves unable to connect with nature? And what role can technologies play in understanding plants and working towards sustainable futures?

This discussion is linked to Entwined: plants and people, an exhibition at State Library that celebrates and explores the complexity and beauty of plants.

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About the panellists

Dr Tanja Beer is an award-winning ecological designer, community artist and academic (Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University) who is passionate about co-creating shared spaces for the benefit of the more-than-human world.

Dr Eddie Game (Chair) is the Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific region, responsible for ensuring that the Conservancy remains a world leader in making science-based conservation decisions.

Dr Prudence Gibson is the author of The Plant Contract and an academic at University of NSW School of Art and Design.

Laura Skates is a botanist, artist, and science communicator whose research focuses on the ecology and conservation of carnivorous plants.

Presented by State Library of Queensland and The Conversation, the world's leading free, fact-based news source written by academics and edited by journalists.

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Micro-X-ray Fluorescence (Micro- XRF) elemental maps of the selenium hyperaccumulating Australian native legume Neptunia amplexicaulis acquired at the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) at The University of Queensland 2020 by Maggie-Anne Harvey, Peter Erskine, Antony van der Ent (Sustainable Minerals Institute), and Lachlan Casey (CMM), University of Queensland.

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