The Proceedings of the 22nd World Orchid Conference will be filled with spectacular photos of the show and prize-winners, but mainly 70 papers with outstanding photographs appealing to all segments of the orchid world – hybridizers, scientists, and hobbyists. Devotees and students of Andean orchids and the genus Vanilla will be especially pleased with the day-long symposia of cutting-edge talks in each of those subjects. Several authoritative papers on pleurothallids and slipper orchids by leaders in their fields are also prominent.
There are two benefits to purchasing the Proceedings that you cannot afford to pass up! First, the price includes worldwide shipping, which would easily cost an additional $30-50. More importantly, customers will receive two free bonus books. One is El Ecuador y sus Orquídeas, a 282-page history of orchidology in Ecuador written superbly by Arcadio Arosemena Gallardo and richly illustrated in color and halftones. A significant portion of the book is devoted to a list of orchid species reported from Ecuador followed by spectacular paintings of species representing the various provinces of Ecuador. The second bonus book is the spiral-bound, English translation of the above, titled Ecuador and Its Orchids.
The Proceedings of the 22nd WOC with both bonus books may be ordered online at www.woc22.com. Secure payments by credit cards and Paypal are accepted.
The Ecuadorian Orchid Society initially competed to host the event during WOC19-Miami in 2008 and it was awarded during the WOC20-Singapour in 2011, which was confirmed during WOC21-Johannesburg in 2014.
To accomplish this, it had to demonstrate its organizational capacity to the WOC Trust, holding in 2012 the IV Orchid Scientific Conference of the Andes and XI International Exhibition in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Throughout the process, its main strategic partners were the Convention Center of Guayaquil, the Quito Orchid Society and the Azuay Orchid Society, in close collaboration with the Public Company of Tourism, Civic Promotion and International Relations of Guayaquil.
The assemblage of the exhibition began on November 2 and concluded on November 6 at 10 pm. Judging was held on November 7 and inauguration that same day at 5 pm attended by approximately 1,000 guests including the First Lady of the Nation, the Mayor of the city, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, other local authorities and other personalities. The exhibition was visited from 8 to 12 November by 27,509 people.
The exhibition was held in all the halls of the Guayaquil Convention Center. In an area of approximately 4,000 m2, 25 exhibitors from 11 countries were accommodated, presenting their stands in an area of 1,291 m2.
The specialized Congress is a scientific event that brought together 82 international experts to discuss three main topics of Science, Horticulture and Conservation Biology.
They presented 2 concurrent daily sessions with simultaneous translation (English and Spanish) during the 5 days starting on Wednesday, November 8, scheduled from 9 am to 4:25 pm, and two half days of Symposiums with guest lecturers that addressed the topics of: Andean Orchids and Vanilla: systematics, ecology, conservation biology, cultivation, commerce and ethnobotany.
These lectures were complemented with an exhibition of 64 academic posters on the scientific subjects treated; this work was carried out by students from all over the world and they were a great support to our young orchid researchers since many of them will surely become the educators and guardians of biodiversity precisely in the habitats of the world most in need of conservation.