Dr. Beekman was professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was recognized for his achievement in translating The Ambonese Herbal, Volumes 1 through 6, published by Yale University Press in collaboration with NTBG.
Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of Missouri Botanical Garden, and Dr. Henk van der Werff, Deputy Director of Research of Missouri Botanical Garden, presented the keynote address for the symposium. Speakers included: Dr. Pieter Baas from the Netherlands Center for Biodiversity, Dr. Eric J. Buenz from Biosciential LLC, Dr. Michael R. Dove from Yale University, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Widjaja from Herbarium Bogoriense.
Montgomery Botanical Center and the John C. Gifford Arboretum of the University of Miami were co-sponsors of the event. MBC was happy to show our work to such an important group of distinguished visitors.