BOC Lecture Programme

Main Lecture Programme

Lectures are free to registrants and cost £1 for day visitors, except for beginners talks marked * that are free entry for all.

Saturday 27th October

  • 11:00 – Steve Manning: Masdevallias and Some Other Pleuros
  • 12:00 – Jerry Fischer: Paphs and Phrags culture
  • 13:00 – Zoe Parfitt: Orchid Growing for Beginners*
  • 14:00 – Mike Armstrong: The Genus Cattleya
  • 15:00 – Jeff Hutchings: Growing Hardy Orchids*
  • 16:00 – Henry Oakeley: The Medicinal Properties of Orchids

Sunday 28th October

  • 11:00 – Johan Hermans: Recent Orchid Journeys around the World
  • 12:00 – Richard Warren: Brazilian Orchids
  • 13:00 – Sara Rittershausen: Orchid Growing for Beginners*†
  • 13:00 – Jerry Fischer: Phrag. kovachii culture, hybridisation and history†
  • 14:00 – Mohan Pradhan: Orchids of Sikkim
  • 15:00 – Zoe Barnes: Growing Orchids the Writhlington way*

Exact lecture program may be subject to change with little or no notice. Lectures marked † may me moved to an alternate venue on the day. Adequate signage and information will be available at the event.

Orchid Conservation International Science Symposium

In addition to the Congress lecture program, the OCI Science Symposium on Saturday 27th October offers alternative lectures focused on current research into orchid science. Registrants have free entry to these lectures, or day visitors can register for the Science symposium and Congress Saturday for £10. (Please visit

Programme of talks:

All on Saturday

  • 9.30 Welcome address
  • 9.45-10.45
    • Luke Barnes – Changes in Orchid diversity with altitude, and over time, in the Sikkim Himalayas
    • Saul Walker – Orchids in Oz: A search for Dendrobium in the bush
  • 10.45-11.15 Coffee
  • 11.15 12.15
    • Karen Robbirt – The orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) and the bee (Andrena nigroaenea); a tale of two phenologies
    • Brian Yap Jing Wei – The molecular phylogeny of Paphiopedilum section Barbata as inferred from low-copy nuclear gene and plastid sequences
  • 12.15-1.15
    • Dino Zelenika -Orchid Discoveries, Findings and Environmental Impact in a Remote Balkan Region
    • Odile Weber – Orchids in eMonocot – an online biodiversity resource
  • 1.15-2.45 Lunch (1hr 30)
  • 2.45-3.45
    • Ian Parsons – Designing Experiments with Orchids
    • Helen Millner – Pollination in Restrepia, using SEM to unravel the mystery
  • 3.45-4.00 Closing remarks and coffee

Abstracts for all the talks and information about the speakers can all be found at