A talk programme entitled, “Armen Leonovich Takhtajan – A legendary scientist of the 20th Century from Russia” was organized by Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) and Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) on 15 December, 2017 in order to mark and give a solidarity to “Year of ecology in Russia 2017”. As the event was mainly celebrated with the objective to draw public attention towards environmental issues, to support the protection of ecological and biological diversity and to reinforce ecological security of the country via enlightening with the contribution done by the Soviet–Armenian botanist, who was one of the most important figures in 20th century and worked in the field of plant evolution and systematics and biogeography. Two guest speakers, Prof Dr Ram Prasad Chaudhary and Prof Dr Krishna Kumar Shrestha were invited as a guest among 35 graduate students and conservationists who jointly shared the presentation about the Takhtajan. The programme was formally commenced by Mr Saroj Basnet, EGH Coordinator with welcome remarks and introduction of speakers among the audiences. Prof Dr Ram Prasad Chaudhary as a first presenter, shared about family background, early life and education and some remarkable events in Komarov Botanical Institute while they worked together. Prof Chaudhary also mentioned Armen keen interest in natural history and travelling and also shared about why Takhtajan is considered as one of the masters of plants systematics. While the second speaker Prof Dr Krishna Kumar Shrestha shared almost all the incidents that he had with the Armen Leonovich Takhtajan while working together. Then the floor was opened for discussion and the participants raised their questions which were addressed by the respected guest speakers of the program. The questions were basically regarding his contribution towards nomenclatural rules during 19th and 20th century.
The program ended with a closing remarks and vote of thanks by Dr Kamal Adhikari, Director of Resources Himalaya Foundation.
Total Participants= 35