Australasian Systematic Botany Society

Promoting the study of systematic botany in Australasia

Who we ARE

The Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) is a not-for-profit professional society of scientists, students, educators, curators, and citizen scientists. We work together to promote plant, algal and fungal systematics and taxonomy in the Australasian region and beyond.

ASBS welcomes and values members of any age and background with a passion for plant systematics focusing on our region.

What we do

Sponsor research and education

Promote scientific communication, collaboration, and public awareness

Provide advocacy and leadership

Botanical systematics helps us understand the world around us. It is the field of scientific endeavor that investigates the complex evolutionary history of our flora, and also provides a taxonomic framework to name, identify and classify plants, algae and fungi. This critical knowledge underpins and supports many other scientific activities such as biodiversity conservation, biosecurity, genomics, pharmaceutical research, and plant ecology. Taxonomic knowledge also contributes to wider societal issues such as economics, health, culture and identity.

Our members share a passion for our flora, and use their knowledge to educate, investigate, and understand the natural world for the benefit of all.

Latest News


Taxonomic turmoil in Pterostylis

Ryan O’Donnell, Hansjörg Eichler Fund Awardee, investigates NSW Greenhood orchids…

Taller Tree of Liff immortalised

Now available via BHL…

A Postdoc abroad

Challenges and opportunities for your career, life goals, as well as personal growth….

Hammering out the Hibbertias

Tim Hammer, 2021 Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee…
Important Dates
1 January

Annual subscription fees are due. Please check your membership details are correct.

14 January

Annual subscription fees will be processed. Let us know if you have any issues.

14 March and 14 September

Applications for the Hansjörg Eichler Scientific Researcb Fund are due. See the Research Fund page for more information.

31 July

Applications for the Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship close. See the Fellowship page for more information.

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Help us understand and protect our unique biodiversity with a donation or bequest.

The Australasian Systematic Botany Society is a not-for-profit registered charity run by volunteer members, so a small gift can make a big difference. By giving to ASBS you can support our students and other members to continue their development and complete important research.

We accept contributions to further the general mission of the Society, and tax deductible donations to the Hansjörg Eichler Research Fund and Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Indigenous Acknowledgement

Indigenous peoples are custodians of some of the most biologically diverse territories in the world. Their traditional knowledge has been and continues to be an invaluable resource that benefits all. ASBS acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse Indigenous peoples of the Australasian region as Traditional Custodians and First Nations of the land and waters where we live, meet and work.

ASBS acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Traditional Custodians of Australia, the Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the people of a thousand tribes as Traditional Guardians of Papua New Guinea. We pay our respects to their Indigenous Elders, past, present and emerging and recognise their enduring connections to Country.


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