The 22nd World Orchid Conference 2017 will cover three main topics:

    • Science
    • Horticulture
    • Conservation biology

Lectures: There will be two concurrent sessions with simultaneous translation (English-Spanish only) for each of the four days of lectures beginning Wednesday, 8 November 2017. Format for the lecture abstracts and the mailing address for their submission can be downloaded under the Conference tab of the website ( Proposed abstracts for those wishing to speak at the Conference are now being accepted for consideration; the absolutely final date for lecture abstracts will be 1 September 2016. Registration fees will be waived for accepted speakers. Prospective speakers whose abstracts are not among those ultimately selected by the Conference Committee (consisting of 10 individuals) will be charged at the early-bird registration rate rather than the full rate. The Conference Committee will regularly send names associated with accepted abstracts to the organizers so that they are aware of those whose registration fees are to be waived as well as those who will only be charged at the early registration rate. Abstract style is discussed on the attached file that can be downloaded.

We are planning two half-day symposia of invited talks, one on Andean orchids and one on several aspects of Vanilla – systematics, ecology, conservation biology, cultivation, trade, and ethnobotany. All talks will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. Specialist group and committee meetings will be held 5:00-7.00 p.m. unless conflicts require otherwise.

Posters: We also encourage poster presentations, especially by students, within the categories of taxonomy and systematics, ecology, conservation science, and horticultural science. Students whose posters are accepted may be eligible for scholarships toward their registration fees. Evidence of student status (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. student) at the time of submission will be required. Awards will be made at both undergraduate and graduate student levels.

Poster format and guidelines may be downloaded below. The deadline for poster abstracts is 1 January 2017; abstracts received after that date cannot be accepted. The Conference Committee will award scholarships to those students whose abstracts best meet the following requirements: clarity, accurate spelling and grammar, and statement of significance. Scientific abstracts will also be expected to introduce the problem, describe the materials and methods (if appropriate), and then clearly present the results and conclusions. Abstracts of all posters accepted will be included in the Conference Proceedings.

Space will be allocated on the web registration form allowing registrants to donate money toward these scholarships with a $25 minimum. A full scholarship of $100 would cover full student registration. Please support our young orchid researchers; many of them will become educators and guardians of biodiversity in precisely those habitats of the world most in need of preservation.

This World Orchid Conference promises to be one of the best attended in recent memory, and every effort will be made to accommodate as many speakers as possible. We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador and invite you to participate in at least one tour now advertised on the website.

Dr. Alec Pridgeon, Chairman
Conference Committee, 22nd WOC

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