A mad season of important conferences begins in September, two of them in Australia. Chronologically, the Fifth Flora Malesiana Symposium will be held from the 9th through 14th of September in Sydney, with associated workshops in Cairns preceding the Symposium. The orchid mini-symposium promises to focus on the biogeography, phytogeography, and conservation patterns of orchids or the ecological importance of orchids in Malesia. For further information, visit the website at: or send e-mail to:

With barely time to catch your botanical breath, the First International Orchid Conservation Conference will be held soon thereafter in Perth from the 24th through 28th of September, sponsored by Kings Park and Botanic Garden in conjunction with other organizations. The Congress is dedicated to developing an understanding of global issues in orchid conservation, involving discussions of orchid phylogeny, population biology, pollination biology, propagation science, germplasm storage, conservation genetics, and taxonomy with opportunities for specialist workshops in orchid conservation techniques and orchid recovery programs. There is a full-day, mid-week field trip to sample the rich diversity of orchid species of Western Australia as well as a five-day post-Conference tour through the southwest of the state to see some of the most extraordinary orchid species on the planet. For further information on accommodations, lectures, workshops, etc., visit the website at: or send e-mail to: (Congress Secretariat) or (Organizing Committee).

Finally, make plans now to attend the 17th World Orchid Conference in Shah Alam, Malaysia from 24 April through 2 May 2002. The theme of the conference is "Sustaining Orchids For the Future", and much of the lecture programme is devoted to conservation techniques and bioengineering. There will also be mini-symposia on such topics as molecular systematics, biodiversity and the environment, and population biology as well as a day-long symposium designed to clarify and illustrate several aspects of modern orchid science for the general public. As always for World Orchid Conferences, there are several social events and tours before, during, and after the Conference. With the astounding diversity of orchids in the region, not to mention all commercially grown hybrids, this promises to be a memorable event. For further information, visit the website at: or contact Tahir at or

Alec Pridgeon

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July 2001.
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