Coffee Chats

Informal video meetings with your peers (and us!).

The Coffee Chats are an informal virtual coffee break for the IrisBG community where you get the opportunity to share experiences and give each other input. Perhaps you are wondering how to tackle a certain issue or you have found a smart way to use IrisBG that may benefit others. IrisBG will be present so questions to us are also welcome.

Sign up to our newsletter if you'd like to receive invitations to our monthly Coffee Chats. We will send out a meeting invitation prior to each meeting.

Do you have something you want to discuss with your peers at a meeting? Great! Send us an email:

See the topic IrisBG Coffee Chats to read articles and watch recordings of previous Coffee Chats.

Why is it called a Coffee Chat?

The inspiration for these comes from the English Coffeehouse culture during the Enlightenment.

Just like the Coffeehouses once offered an alternate sphere to meet and discuss "matters of mutual concern" we would like to create a similar arena for you, our community, to meet and discuss smart ways to utilise IrisBG and to find clever solutions to problems that arise in the daily work with your collection.

Together we might become a bit wiser. And unlike the good old Coffeehouses, we don't discriminate.

For all members of the IrisBG community

Everyone who is a member of the IrisBG community is welcome - if you work or volunteer for a garden/institution with an active subscription you are automatically a member of the IrisBG community.

We can make exceptions, just get in touch if you are interested!

Times and dates

The meetings are scheduled for 60 minutes if nothing else is communicated. We will start out with every second Tuesday in the month at 3 pm UTC, but feel free to suggest a time and/or date. Since we have a community in many different time zones, we may have meetings to accommodate that.


We may have a themed Coffee Chat, but in general the format is open and we welcome questions and discussions. If we need more preparation to answer your question we will address it in a later chat, in the article or directly via email. We encourage you to submit topic suggestions.


All meetings will be recorded, however, any breakout sessions are not recorded. To inspire more participation we do not share recordings of the discussions in plenum unless otherwise stated.

We encourage all to keep their video on to make these chats friendly and engaging.