Texas Plant Conservation Conference

Research Team

Kim Norton Taylor

Conservation Research Botanist

Erin Flinchbaugh

Conservation Program Assistant

COVID-19 UPDATE (June 4, 2020) - Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, the Texas Plant Conservation Conference will be moving to a remote format for our scheduled meeting in August 2020.  While we were looking forward to welcoming the Texas plant conservation community to Fort Worth, we have decided to cancel the in-person meetings. Registration and abstract submission have been reopened. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

The Texas Plant Conservation Conference is a professional-level meeting serving scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, and other professionals with an interest in plant conservation in Texas and adjacent regions. Conference attendees explore current research and conservation projects on rare plants, native plant communities, plant monitoring methods, and plant management practices for native Texas plants. This conference is ideal for conservation organizations, agencies, academics and members of the public interested in native plant conservation. 

The 2020 Texas Plant Conservation Conference (TPCC) is going virtual!

August 13 - 14, 2020

The goal of this year’s conference is to provide a forum for individuals to share their work, see what others are doing, and build their professional network. Virtual sessions will span two days, allowing time to see all of the posters and videos as well as interact with other attendees.

What to expect from TPCC – Virtual

  • Video presentations and pre-recorded talks
  • Virtual poster session
  • Comment threads on videos and posters for question and answer between presenters and participants
  • Platform to communicate with colleagues individually or in groups
  • Topic based working groups

Registration Now Open

All attendees are required to register. Instructions on accessing the virtual conference will be sent via email to all registered attendees in early August. Click here to register.

Registration Costs

To encourage broader participation and maximize networking opportunities and dissemination of valuable information, registration costs will be waived. In lieu of registration costs, we ask for a small, optional donation to fund student awards. We suggest a $10 donation. Click here to make a donation. 

Abstract Submission Now Open

We are currently accepting abstract submissions via the online registration form. The deadline for all abstracts is July 24, 2020. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, research involving conservation of rare and endemic plants, plant biogeography, genetics, demographics, reproduction, population biology, plant ecology, education and outreach activities, land management, and public involvement in plant conservation. Work should be focused in Texas or the surrounding region or be applicable to conservation in the state. Presentations on challenges, responses, and opportunities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic or other natural disasters are encouraged.

Presenters may choose between the following types of presentations:

  • Videos: Short, 3- to 5-minute prerecorded video presentations. These abbreviated presentations should provide a concise overview of projects or themes with emphasis on the broader impacts for plant conservation. Videos will be available to watch on-demand throughout the conference. Presenters will be asked to be online to respond to questions and comments during a designated period. Question and answer will occur through a text forum. Videos seeking feedback about upcoming projects and ideas, major difficulties, or preliminary results are encouraged.
  • Poster Presentations: Traditional conference posters will be presented in a digital format. Original poster files (pdf format) will be available to view throughout the conference. Presenters will be asked to be online to respond to questions and comments during a designated period. Question and answer will occur through a text forum. Posters may be presented in any language as long as an English abstract is provided on the poster.

Guidelines for Presenters


  • Presentations must be a pre-recorded video.
  • Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Videos can be in any style from a traditional PowerPoint presentation to a video in the field. Feel free to get creative.
  • Presenters will be required to upload their video files before the start of the conference. Instructions for uploading videos will be shared before the start of the conference.

Poster Presentations 

  • Posters should be saved as a PDF file.
  • Presenters will be required to upload their poster files before the start of the conference. Instructions for uploading poster files will be shared before the start of the conference.
  • Presenters are encouraged to use larger text than you would typically use for a printed poster, as files will be viewed digitally. We suggest a minimum font size of 24 pt.  

Preparation of Abstracts

Abstracts will be submitted through the online registration form. Each participant may submit up to three abstracts. Required information includes:

  • Presentation type (poster or video)
  • Presentation title (in English)
  • List of author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Abstract in English (250-word limit)

Click here to submit abstracts and register.

Questions? Contact us at Conservation@BRIT.org


Past conferences:

  • 2018 – Fort Worth "Collaborate"
  • 2016 – Fort Worth

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