The International Association for Plant Taxonomy supports scientific research and scholarship in the field of systematics, including taxonomy and evolution, of plants, fungi, and algae. At this conference the IAPT is initiating a new symposium series called the “Early Career Investigator Symposium” as a venue to highlight the research of botanists, mycologists, and phycologists. Each year the symposium will be presented at a different international conference where IAPT participates in the program. The specific theme will vary from year to year. This year we are pleased to present a symposium entitled Early Career Investigator Symposium: Systematics in Latin America.