The ICPS are pleased to say that The Carnivorous Plant Society has been given the 2016 Conference, and that Kew, working in partnership with the CPS, is to host the event at their renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, England.
The Conference is planned for 6th to 8th August 2016.
The CPS and Kew intend to put on a "once in a lifetime" carnivorous plant event! Details to follow.
ICPS Conference 2016: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London
Please note: the ICPS dates originally proposed have now changed.
The Conference will now take place 5th to 7th August (Fri-Sun).
A field trip to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is planned for Mon 8th August. There are no restrictions on numbers planned for this trip.
The CPS expects to run a field trip between 10th and 12th of August. Tuesday 9th would be a travel day to the location. The field trip would take place in the New Forest area (Hampshire) and Dorset. The carnivorous plants, which would be seen growing in the wild are:
Drosera rotundifolia Drosera intermedia Drosera anglica Drosera x eloisiana (previously named D. x beleazena) Drosera x obovata
Utricularia minor Utricularia australis Utricularia stygia Utricularia intermedia Utricularia bremii
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea Sarracenia purpurea ssp. f. heterophylla
The trip will encompass some of the most beautiful countryside within Hampshire and Dorset, with the best cp sites selected from several years of study. Within the time available, we can look to run an excursion to Stonehenge if wanted and/or to a commercial nursery. There will be a restriction on the number of participants given the ecological sensitivity of many of the sites, but we will aim to be as flexible as we can on numbers. For instance, running two groups in reverse.
The scientific lecture programme will span the 3 days of the Conference based around the general theme: The World of Carnivorous Plants. Details will follow, but our expectation is to provide a programme with a similar number of lectures and structure to the recent 2014 Cairns ICPS Conference. There will also be opportunities for Conference delegates to see cp material kept behind the scenes, such as Kew’s herbarium. It is likely Kew will run an additional public/scientific engagement carnivorous plant event a few days prior to and during the time of the Conference, e.g. from the Weds. Should this come to fruition then it would a substantial additional benefit to Conference visitors. With a very busy lecture programme, visiting a day or two earlier would give more opportunity to explore all the Kew has to offer and the other cp offerings under discussion. As is normal we have carnivorous plant displays and a seller’s area planned, within which our expectation is to assemble the greatest number of genera, species, forms and varieties ever presented. Assuming Kew’s extended cp activities happen, we would look to make the sellers and display available for those days too. This may even give us an opportunity to add in some bonus lectures. For those who like to plan well in advance we are sorry we can’t 100% guarantee Kew’s extra activities, but will endeavour to let you know ASAP. The customary evening meal is planned for the evening of the 6th August (Sat) at a venue (up to 120 places) within a very short walk of Kew.
We are in detailed discussions with Kew on many specifics, which we will circulate ASAP as they are confirmed. It is too early for us to announce specific costs, though we are working hard to keep any necessary charges to the bare minimum. Summary: Key ICPS 2016 Conference dates Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Duration: 5-7th August 2016 Evening meal: 6th August 2016 Down House Field Trip: 8th August 2016 CP Field Trip: 10-12th August 2016
We are pleased to be able to provide you with an update regarding next year’s ICPS Conference 2016, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the 5th-7th August 2016.
To coincide with the ICPS Conference hosted at RBG, Kew on the 5th -7th August 2016, RBG, Kew is planning to have Carnivorous Plants as a major theme of the Kew Science Festival which will run in conjunction with the Conference. Our understanding is that RBG, Kew are considering extending their festival beyond the ICPS Conference dates with it likely to start a couple of days before. We are not able to confirm anything further on the festival at this time and will send out an update as soon as we hear from RBG, Kew.
As part of the ICPS Conference we intend to provide an extensive cp sellers/display area. This would be open for the duration of the Conference. This will be open to all those attending RBG, Kew over the period of the Conference and potentially the Festival. If you are interested in participating in the cp sales area at the Conference and/or to put on a cp display we are encouraged to contact The Carnivorous Plant Society at the earliest opportunity, interest will need to be sent to MBRaymond@googlemail.com
For those travelling and staying for the Conference, it would start on 5th and end on the 7th August 2016. Current Kew opening times are:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6:30 pm Weekends: 10am to 7:30 pm
An earlier entry time may be agreed for Conference Attendees, in respect to the lecture programme.
As mentioned previously we are planning an opportunity to visit Down House on 8th August, travelling by coach. There is also a potential opportunity to attend a field trip to the New Forest and Dorset on the 10-12th August. These would be an additional cost to the Conference Fee. Priority re available spaces for the Down House trip and the field trip would be given to Conference Attendees.
We are looking at the potential opportunity to hold a lecture on the evening of 4th August for those who arrive early as an added bonus for them.
The Conference fee has not been fully calculated yet and will be advised at the earliest time, what we do not want to happen is for you not to have as much information as you can in order for you to start planning you diaries now.
The Conference lecture programme and other Conference benefits would not be available to those not paying the Conference fee. However, the sales/display area, KSF, public cp lectures, etc., and of course all else RBG, Kew offers would be available as part of the normal Kew ticket pricing. We are working with Kew to provide a pass for the duration of the Conference and proposed KSF.
Conference attendees would be able to enjoy these parts of the Conference fee.