8th Zingiberales Symposium
Start Date
:Monday, 23 July 2018
End Date
:Friday, 27 July 2018
:Singapore Botanic Gardens
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8th International Zingiberales Symposium

23-27 July, SINGAPORE

Organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, Singapore


In 1991, the first Symposium on the family Zingiberaceae was held in Hat Yai, Thailand.  Since then, the Symposium has been held in Guangzhou, China (1995), Khon Kaen, Thailand (2002), Singapore (2006), Xishuangbanna, China (2009), Calicut, India (2012), and Chiang Mai, Thailand (2015). We are thrilled that in 2018 the Symposium is coming back to Singapore. The Symposium is the only international event that focuses on research on the family Zingiberaceae, although in most previous symposia work on the other seven families in the order Zingiberales was also presented. Following suggestions at previous symposia, and after some deliberation, the Scientific Committee has agreed to broaden the title and the scope of the Symposium to the entire Zingiberales order. We hope that this move will attract more researchers and bring a wider variety of high-quality presentations to this and future symposia.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, inscribed in July 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been one of the leading botanical institutions in the SE Asian region since it was founded in 1859. It has a rich history of ginger research dating back H.N. Ridley and R.E. Holttum, both of whom contributed greatly to our knowledge of gingers in Asia and beyond. The herbarium of Singapore Botanic Gardens houses over 750,000 specimens, including more than 5500 sheets of Zingiberales of which about 200 are types. The Ginger Garden, established in October 2003, features over 400 species and varieties of plants in the Zingiberales. We hope that Singapore Botanic Gardens will provide an inspiring venue for researchers and enthusiasts to meet and discuss their work.


Venue location & language:

Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore.

The official language for the meeting is English.



The Symposium will include oral and poster presentations covering diverse fields of research relating to the Zingiberales, such as: taxonomy & systematics, phylogenetic and other molecular studies, evolution and paleobotany, reproductive biology, ecology, conservation, as well as pharmacology, ethnobotany, economic botany and horticulture. The Symposium proceedings will be published as a special volume of the Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore.

Delegates are encouraged to give oral and/or poster presentations. The Scientific Committee will decide on the suitability of all presentations offered and will inform the delegates whether their presentations have been accepted. Presentations, both oral and poster, may be submitted for publication in the proceedings volume, subject to peer review.


Dates to note:

Please note that registration for the Symposium is capped at 200 participants so register early to avoid disappointment.

Early bird registration: 8 January – 30 April 2018

Regular registration: 1 May – 30 June 2018 (subjected to availability)

Submission of abstracts by: 30 March 2018


Registration fees (in Singapore dollars):

Early bird: $200

Regular: $300

Students: $100 (subsidised and capped at 60 participants)

Accompanying person: $100

Conference dinner (26 July): $70

Payment of the fees will be facilitated through the Symposium website and will open in January 2018.


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Note on payment:

i) In the form where it asks for "name as in NRIC" please enter your full name but with your family name in capital letters

ii) Where it asks for phone numbers enter the number 612345678 in the home or office fields as the fields do not work for international numbers. Leave the mobile field blank.

iii) After successful payment, please send your abstract (200-300 words) to our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating whether it is a poster or an oral presentation.


Tan Jiew Hoe Fellowship

We are pleased to offer partial financial support for selected participants to attend the 8th Zingiberales Symposium. The subsidy will include registration fees and accommodation (twin-shared room with another fellow recipient) at a hotel from 22 – 27 July (5 nights). The successful applicants will still have to fund their own flights, visa, travel insurance and daily expenses.

Each recipient of a Fellowship must present an oral or poster presentation. For co-authored contributions, only one participant (the presenting author) can apply. The selection process will take into the account the quality of the work proposed for presentation. Priority will be given to students and researchers from Southeast Asian or developing countries.

Applicants need to submit a single PDF file with the following information: a cover letter explaining their motivation for attending the symposium, a statement of how they will cover the expenses not included in the Fellowship, an abstract of the poster/talk, and a short CV. The deadline for application is the 16th March 2018 and should be submitted as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The successful Fellowship recipients will be announced by 13th April 2018.


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International Scientific Committee:

Chairman: Dr. W. J. Kress, USA

Dr Mark Newman, UK
Dr Axel Poulsen, UK
Dr Jana Leong-Skornickova, Singapore
Prof. Li Qing Jun, China
Dr Marlina Ardiyani, Bogor, Indonesia
Dr Piyakaset Suksathan, Thailand
Prof. Mamyil Sabu, India


Secretariat e-mail:

To receive the second and subsequent circulars please email the Secretariat:

Serena Lee / Bazilah Ibrahim

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Please forward this circular to fellow researchers who might be interested in joining this Symposium.


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