The ICPS is proud to promote the first ever World Carnivorous Plant Day, to be held on the first Wednesday of May (May 5th, 2021). In lieu of the international conference in Himeji, Japan, World Carnivorous Plant Day 2021 will serve as the preeminent carnivorous plant event of the year. This day-long web event will stand in for the delayed ICPS conference. The conference has been rescheduled to occur in Japan in 2022.
World Carnivorous Plant Day was first brought to the attention of the ICPS Board of Directors in 2020 by Krzysztof Banaś of Poland. Krzysztof envisioned a day that brought carnivorous plants into the spotlight of public awareness and education.
To feature these wonderful plants, the ICPS will be hosting a number of online events, including a logo design contest from January to February 12th, a photo contest beginning on February 15th, and a free and publicly-accessible web-based conference.
January - February 12th: Logo-design Contest
A logo design contest for World Carnivorous Plant Day is being held by ICPS Education Director Kenny Coogan. We are asking all who are interested to submit their designs by Feb. 12th. Artistic suggestions include a rendition of the Earth with carnivorous plants surrounding it; feel free to be creative with the prompt. Submissions will be evaluated by the ICPS board and voted upon in mid-February. The winning logo will be publicly visible to all who attend the online WCPD presentations - on our videos, websites, and elsewhere. Items of merchandise with the logo on it will be available for purchase, including a few free items for the winner of the logo contest.
February 15th - April: Photo Contest
More information on this event is available on the Photo Contest page.
May 5th: World Carnivorous Plant Day's Web-based Presentations
Organized by the International Carnivorous Plant Society to celebrate its 50th year of operation, this "online conference" will bring together presenters from around the world. Featuring a global selection of botanists, horticulturalists, and other enthusiasts, these presentations will be a platform for these experts from all over the world to share their knowledge of carnivorous plants and experiences with them in a universally accessible way.
While the logistics and format of the event are still in development, the team is working to find a way to facilitate a Q&A session with as many presenters as possible in their own time-zone.
Presenters are asked to present a subject that is particularly inspiring to them in their career with CPs - a discovery of a species, a recollection of an important event, or even witnessing the devastation of CP habitat in the wild. These topics are suggestions, intended to show the value of carnivorous plant science and horticulture, and the community that fosters it, directly to the public. Non-English speaking presenters are especially invited to present in their own languages for their own audiences. Please spread the word about this upcoming event, and reference this page for further updates in the future!
More details are forthcoming about the spread of presenters and the online venues which will host the event.
If you are interested in participating as a contributing speaker for World Carnivorous Plant Day or otherwise have questions about the event, you can contact either Carson or Kenny below.
Design a logo for World Carnivorous Plant Day.
Submit your proposed WCPD logo to firstname.lastname@example.org in a high resolution jpeg format by February 12th. The winner(s) will receive a free t-shirt with the logo.