Stephen Speer - 'Spying eyes in America - What can we learn from the Smithsonian Institute and botanic gardens in the US'?

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Thursday, 8 November 2012 - 12:30pm

Stephen was one of a group of Canberra national institutions education staff who recently visited Washington DC and New York to observe how the Smithsonian Institution engages with school students and teachers. What did they learn and will this have an impact on the Gardens? What can the Gardens learn from US botanic gardens?

Stephen is Manager Communications and Visitor Services at the ANBG. He joined the ANBG in 2007 having jumped the fence from CSIRO on Black Mountain to the Gardens. During his 18 year involvement in research he worked on projects ranging from plant/fungal pathogen ecological studies to propagation and development of Australian native plants as flowering indoor plants and simulation modelling of grazing systems.  Stephen was also member of a small team engaged to develop the public exhibits, education and public programs for CSIRO Discovery, which opened in May 2000.