See the beauty of orchids at the virtual 23rd World Orchid Conference

TAINAN, Chinese Taipei: On the small island of Chinese Taipei, visitors can find more than 400 types of orchid. It is no wonder it is known as ‘Orchid Island’. It is the perfect place to host the 23rd World Orchid Conference (WOC).

The primary purpose of holding this event is to increase cooperation worldwide to protect and study endangered Orchidaceae.

The conference will discuss four themes relating to orchids’ conservation: Native, Conservation, Diversity and Share.

The ongoing impact of safety measures against coronavirus means that rather than a physical international conference, the event will be 2021 Virtual WOC, where delegates from around the world can meet in real-time online.

Programme of activities

The opening ceremony (10:00 AM UTC +8, 23 April)
Watch this virtual celebration in real-time to commence the 2021 Virtual WOC.

Virtual Judging (16 – 21 April)
All the orchids submitted for judging will be filmed in 3D to allow judges to cast their votes online on this platform. Judges will be able to see each orchid in 360-degree rotation with its background information. Orchid images can be, enlarged, or minimised, to see in more detail. After the completion of judging, all the winning orchids will be displayed online for viewing.

Those interested in judging must register online for the 2021 Virtual WOC and apply for judging by sending a request to the following email address for an application form:

Virtual Orchid Exhibition (available online starting on 24 April)
All the orchid exhibits, the large landscape exhibits and the individual orchid exhibits will be filmed in a 3-D fashion for all to enjoy virtually.

Virtual Conference (24 – 26 April)
Every day, there will be three concurrent sessions, featuring in total 101 speakers. Besides participating in the conference in real-time, registrants may also sign in to view and listen to these presentations online during the two months following the conference. You may leave questions that the speakers will answer and post online.

You must register if you wish to participate in the virtual conference. You will have a password to sign in before the beginning of the conference.

The deadline for online registration is 10 April

The official website of the 2021 Virtual WOC

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