International Plant Translocation Conference

ROME, 22-25 February 2021 POSTPONED TO 2022

Dear colleagues and friends,

I regret to inform you that the 1st International Plant Translocation Conference (IPTC) planned between 22-25 February 2021 in Rome will be postponed due to the uncertainties related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Although February 2021 may seem so far, it is uncertain that the conference can take place in a safe manner. Moreover, restrictions especially for travelling long distances may still be in place.

IMPORTANT: as said the IPTC is not cancelled, but just postponed to 2022 and I'm sure we will have a beautiful safe congress where we can meet and discuss about plant translocation and conservation. The new dates will be communicated early in 2021. Thank you for your understanding and see you in Rome in 2022!!!

Thomas Abeli & the IPTC Organising Committee


The University of Roma Tre will host the 1st International Plant Translocation Conference from February 22-25, 2021 in Rome. The conference will be a unique occasion for conservation biologists from around the world to share their experiences, successes and misfortunes in restoring threatened plant species.

Many plant species around the globe are threatened or already extirpated from the wild as a result of habitat loss, pollution, alien invasive species and climate change. Translocation is now a common conservation, sometimes highly successful, sometimes dramatically discouraging. Conservation biologists, ecologists, taxonomists, geneticists, practitioners, policy makers and others need a place to share experiences improve translocation science and practice to deliver more effective conservation outcomes. The 1st International Plant Translocation Conference will provide a forum for this discussion.

With international keynote speakers, almost 40 talks, and social events, the Conference will provide an opportunity for the global community of plant conservation biologists and beyond to present recent findings, learn from each other’s experience, initiate new collaborations and transfer knowledge to the next generation of conservation biologists.


The logo of the International Plant Translocation Conference (IPTC) represents important species that were subject to translocation and represented the incredible challenges of reintroducing plant species. Among others, these challenges include the poor quantity and quality of ex situ material, the choice of a suitable recipient site, the removal of threats, the impacts on the recipient community, the costs, and the ethical considerations.

The main symbol on the left is the Superb Cyanea, Cyanea superba (Cham.) A. Gray subsp. superba, a member of the Campanulaceae family endemic to the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. This species went extinct in the wild in 2002 and reintroduced in several sites from ex situ specimens. See the story of Cyanea superba at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1Q13fFRz8

The symbol on the far right is the Saint Helena Redwood, Trochetiopsis erythroxylon (Forst.) Marais, a species endemic to Saint Helena in the Malvaceae family, which was declared extinct in the wild in the 1950s. Reintroduced from ex situ stocks, no recruitment has been observed, so far. See Lambdon & Ellick 2016 at http://dxdoiorg/102305/IUCNUK2016-1RLTST30560A67371983en.

The small fungus on the left is the Pink Waxcap, Hygrocybe calypraeformis (Berkeley & Broome) Fayod, one of the few, if not the only fungus species ever translocated. Although not in the Plant Kingdom, Fungi are traditionally treated by botanist and plant conservationists. The Pink Waxcap has been translocated in the UK where a population of this rare species was found on the land proposed for the new Heysham to M6 link road north of Lancaster. Fertile caps were introduced in suitable areas allowing spores to be shed directly into the new sites. The interesting story of this translocations can be found at: https://cieem.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/InPractice89_Sept15.pdf

Credits: Dr. M.C. Mariani, S. Micieli (graphic designer)

Dipartimento di Scienze Università Roma Tre Università di Pavia


Early Bird Registration opens April 01, 2020 October 01, 2020
Abstract submission opens July 15, 2020
Notification of abstract acceptance September 15, 2020
Late registration October 2, 2020 December 31, 2020
Conference starts February 22, 2021  
Onsite registration  


Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development
Center Plant Conservation
Meise Botanic Garden
Curtin University
Springer Plant Ecology


Society Ecological Restoration
Societa Botanica Italiana
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus
Centro Conservazione Biodiversita
Australian Network for Plant Conservation


Session 1

Adaptive monitoring and management for maintaining reintroduced populations in a changing world

Session 2

Using new technologies for designing and monitoring translocation

Session 3

Translocation cases from the world

Multi-species approach and biotic interactions in translocation

Session 4

Multi-species approach and biotic interactions in translocation

Session 5

Ex situ conservation approaches for increasing success in translocation

Session 6

Translocation cases from the Mediterranean Bioclimatic Region