7th International Orchid Conservation Congress

Join us for this 5 day conference to share knowledge and experience on orchid conservation.



28 May to 1 June 2019


Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Gardens


Prices vary

Orchids under threat

Join the world's leading orchid scientists and conservationists to share knowledge, experience and views on orchid conservation.

Habit destruction, illegal trade and unsustainable harvest are threatening orchids. Over 1,000 species of orchids appear on the Global Red List and about 55% of these are threatened. For high-profile groups, notably slipper orchids, this rises to nearly 100%. 

This level of threat is outstripping our capacity to conserve species on a one-by-one basis, and we'll need to identify approaches to allow us to conserve suites of species and protect orchid-rich habitats. 

It's vital we translate science into practical conservation and tackle the underlying threats to orchids, in order to keep up with the pace of change and the sheer scale of the challenge.

Submit a talk/poster abstract

The congress title is Orchid Conservation - the Next Generation.

Major themes will be: 

  1. The involvement of young orchid researchers 
  2. The role of next-generation sequencing techniques in orchid conservation 

We welcome a diverse range of researchers at different stages of their career. There are speaker slots within each session which are open for researchers to present. There will also be a poster session.

If you're interested in presenting a talk or poster, please submit your abstract to  abstractsIOCC@kew.org.

Abstracts should include the following information: 

  • Title
  • Author/s
  • Author affiliation/s 
  • Abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • Key words (maximum six words)

Please specify whether a talk or poster is preferred.

Abstract submission deadline: 10 March 2019

Topics covered

Lectures will focus on topics including: 

  • Illegal trade in orchids
  • Molecular identification techniques for orchid products
  • Conservation planning
  • Red list assessments
  • Habitat restoration and reintroduction
  • Propagation science
  • Pollination ecology
  • Interactions with other organisms
  • Conservation genetics
  • Population ecology
  • Climate change and the role of community/commercial propagation