Regius Keeper and Queen’s Botanist, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Stephen Blackmore leads a world class research institute that is also a major public attraction. With living plants from 161 countries and preserved herbarium specimens from 157 countries, RBGE is a truly international organisation carrying out active projects in over 40 countries. He is a passionate believer in engaging the public with the major environmental challenges of our times and to this end RBGE has developed the John Hope Gateway. His 2009 book “Gardening the Earth: Gateways to a Sustainable Future” sets out his views on the importance of biological solutions to global change. His 2012 book “Green Universe: a Microscopic Voyage into the Plant Cell” continues to explore the importance of plants is sustaining life on Earth. Before joining the Natural History Museum in London in 1980, Stephen Blackmore lived and worked as a botanist in the Seychelles and Malawi. He was Keeper of Botany at the NHM from 1990 until 1999, when he moved to Edinburgh. He holds Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Kunming Institute of Botany. He serves on the Boards of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the MacIntyre Begonia Trust, the Sibbald Trust and the Seychelles Islands Foundation and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded a CBE in 2011 and the Linnean Medal for Botany and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour in 2012.