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.

You may also like...

French through Theatre

French through Theatre

Tuesdays, 23 Apr - 25 Jun 2019
Improve your pronunciation and confidence speaking in this workshop for level A2-B1 students that teaches French through theatre!

French & Fashion

French & Fashion

Tuesdays & Fridays starting 28 May
Discover the world of haute couture in this culture and conversation course for B1+ / B2 level students

French & Photography

French & Photography

Wednesdays & Thursdays starting 29 May
Learn French through the art of photography in this practical course for A2+ / B1 level students

Vin & Fromage

Vin & Fromage

Each term on Tuesday, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
(except School & Public Holidays)

Thanks for sharing! / Merci pour le partage!


St Kilda branch:
51 Grey Street, ST KILDA
Tel : 03 9525 3463

Monday - Friday: 9.00am to 7.00pm /☎ from 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 6.00pm/☎ from 10am to 5pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: CLOSED .

City branch:
Level 13, 55 Swanston St, Melbourne
VIC, Australia, 3000
Tel : 03 9525 3463

Monday-Thursday: 9.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-6.30pm
Friday: 9.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-6.00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: CLOSED