The flora of the Paris basin

An exhibition by Guillaume Tcherquez
18 July to 15 August 2018
Eildon Gallery, Alliance Française de Melbourne

the Exhibition  

The Paris basin is a geographic region of France, constituting the lowland area around Paris, whose natural environment is exceptionally rich with a number of astonishing wild plant species.

In this exhibition, Guillaume Tcherquez takes us far beyond the tourist attractions and the iconic architecture of Paris, and delves deeper into this overlooked natural landscape of the Île-de-France. 

The Flora of the Paris Basin exhibition uncovers a world of natural and scientific richness, including rare flowers, orchids and endemic plants, which will be on display through a combination of posters and real samples taken from 19th century herbariums.

The exhibition highlights the botanic biodiversity and the natural heritage of
the Paris region, while exploring its

relationships with Australian species, its role in the advancement of science, the life at the Court of Versailles and impressionist art.

The Flora of the Paris Basin exhibition also emphasises the need for the preservation of endangered species and highlights the importance of halting further loss of biodiversity in the Seine Valley.

Guillaume Tcherkez


Guillaume Tcherkez completed his Masters of Science in Ecology, at the University of Paris-Sud (France) in 2001 after four years at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

He went on to complete a PhD in plant biochemistry at the University of Paris-Sud, before carrying out post-doctoral studies on the chemical mechanism and isotope effects of enzymes in Australia with Prof. Graham Farquhar at the ANU in Canberra. 

In 2005, he was appointed as A/Prof at the University of Paris-Sud before becoming

Head Professor of the isotopics and metabolomics facility in 2008.

He is now a Professor at the ANU.

In 2009, he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), and then in 2014 was offered a Future Fellowship of the Australian Research Council in 2014. He has been an editor of the journal Plant, Cell and Environment since 2015

This exhibition has been organised and set up with the support of the Australian National University, the University of Paris-Sud (France) and the French Embassy in Australia. 

Guillaume Tcherquez will also be presenting a conference about the flora of the Paris basin at the Bastille Day French Festival Melbourne  on Saturday, July 14, 1:00pm – 1:45pm. For more information and to sign up to the conference, click here.

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