The next ICPS conference will be held in Australia!
ICPS Conference 2014: Cairns18-20th of July 2014
The 2014 ICPS Conference is presented by the three Australian CP Societies, The AustralianCarnivorous Plant Society, The Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society and The Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society.
The conference will be hosted by The Cairns Botanic Gardens, which houses an impressive collection of tropical CPs.
This 3 day event will cater for the scientific/academic community, hobbyists and coconservationists alike. High quality contemporary speakers and a range of public events will be complemented by two unique field trips.
Two post conference field trips have been organised to capture the diversity of tropical Australian CPs.
Monday the 21st of July, a full day trip to Mount Bartle Frere to see 3 different locations for Drosera schizandra.
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th of July, a rare opportunity to visit the very tip of Cape York to see Nepenthes, Tropical Utricularia, Drosera and Byblis.
To express an interest in attending and to receive a pack, please email:
Ok, some new information, slight change in end date fieldtrip:
We have launched the Information Pack for the 2014 ICPS conference which includes details relating to registration, field trips and accommodation. If you haven't received a copy and would like to please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration will be open on Monday 20 January. If you are interested in attending the field trip to Cape York seats are limited and deposits are required by 20 February.
Speakers line up is finished..if you still want to attent you better register. Fieldtrips and actual conference are almost filled up (yeah!):
Greg Bourke Rob Cantley Charles Clarke Adam Cross Joel Daniel Andreas Fleischmann Jeremiah Harris Koji Kondo Ch'ien Lee Allen Lowrie Drew Martinez Mason McNair Katja Rembold Andrej Pavlovic Alastair Robinson Jan Schlauer Caroline Schoner Michael Schoner Naoki Tanabe Gary Wilson
What are the actual topics covered, e.g. I'm guessing Adam Cross is covering a topic on Aldrovanda, Rob Cantley, Charles Clark and Alastair Robinson would be on nepenthes, and Lowrie on Australian Drosera or utrics.
Are there more details avaliable (e.g Allan Lowrie on Tropical Drosera of North Aust, Adam Cross on Au Aldro and so on)
The list of presentations thus far is as follows: 1. Little left to lose: habitat loss and the global challenge of returning to a carnivorous landscape 2. Diversity and conservation of the genus Nepenthes 3. A photographic journey around Australia's fragile habitats 4. Conservation - The IUCN Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group 5. Field Notes from Andalucía, Spain 6. Sarracenia Taxonomy 7. Cultivating Finicky Carnivorous Plants 8. Recent Discoveries in Nutrient Acquisition Strategies in Nepenthes 9. Stylidium (Triggerplants), are they carnivores? 10. The Bornean pitcher plant Nepenthes hemsleyana – its natural history andinteraction with a bat mutualist 11. Interactions between carnivorous plants and animals - what's in it for the plants? 12. Costs and benefits of electrical signaling in carnivorous plant Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis). 13. Introduction of Pinguiculas Native of the Japanese Habitats 14. Palawan: A Microcosm for Nepenthes Taxonomy 15. Evolution of carnivory in the plant kingdom 16. Why are there so many species of Nepenthes 17. LED lighting for plant horticulture
These are not in order of appearance. There are still two topics to be confirmed
On a side note (for all northern hemispherer's), July is winter in Australia, granted Cairns winter is probably your summer, but you would be surprised how many idiot tourist pack for a summer in winter or vise-versa.
Expect days of 24-29C (75-84F) Nights of 10-20C (50-68F), most likely 15-17C
Expect the Schizandra field trip to be slightly colder than your Cairns stay.
I had a chance to get out(a couple hours out or Cairns) and took some shots of the local carns growing at two sites, plenty of U.Chrysantha, D.Spathulata, Byblis liniflora, D.burrmanii, U.bifida,U.Uliginosa and D.pelata growing, as well as two D.Indica flower forms (white X Pink) and (Mauve) growing just meters apart.