Join us at Tattersalls Club Hyde Park for canapes and a two-course luncheon to learn about Dr Summerell’s experience as a Fulbright scholar and his ground-breaking research in Australia and abroad.
As the Director of Research & Chief Botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Dr Summerell is championing the conservation of plants and all life that depends on them. He has been performing vital scientific research for the last 30 years and leading a team of world-class plant scientists for the last 15 at Australia’s oldest living scientific institution, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Dr Summerell is a fungi expert and has helped describe over 120 new species and published over 150 journal articles, books and book chapters. He is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the deadly Fusarium pathogen, which can wreak havoc on our food crops and native plants.
In his role as Director Research & Chief Botanist, Dr Summerell is building on the Garden’s legacy of studying, documenting and protecting plant life in Australia for over 200 years by advocating for plant conservation and how important plants are in our lives. He also provides senior scientific advice to the Gardens and to government and is mentoring and inspiring the next generation of plant scientists.
Dr Summerell spent 6 months in 2018 as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas (the Little Apple!). During this time, as well as on previous visits to the US, he has visited numerous botanic gardens, herbaria, museums and national parks throughout America.