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Joseph Banks Conference, 14–16 September 2017


A two-day conference is to be held at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG, followed by a one-day visit to the library at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Joseph Banks was President of the Royal Society from 1778 to his death in 1820, so it is fitting that the conference should be held at their modern offices.  After his voyage to Newfoundland, his voyage around the world, and his voyage to Iceland, he spent the remainder of his career supporting expeditions and forging networks that brought together the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific worlds. 


The conference, which is open to the public, follows a series of closed workshops over the past year attended by various scholars from around the world.  The purpose of the conference is to hear from some of these scholars about their research on the global contexts of Banks’s interests, influences and legacies.

Attendance costs £90 per person (half-price for concessions).  Places must be booked in advance online at https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/09/joseph-banks/ 

Abstracts of the talks can be found online at



The full programme is available online at


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