ICO2021 Paphos, Cyprus

29 August – 3 September

UPDATE 20 NOV: Even though there are encouraging signs that widespread vaccination programmes will be in place in early 2021, the COVID-19 situation still places considerable doubt on our ability to proceed with ICO2021 in June as previously planned. WDA and the ICO2021 Organising Committee have therefore decided to postpone the event to 29 August through 3 September 2021 to give more chance of a return to the new normality. The situation will be closely monitored and the hope is that it will be possible to open registration for the congress on 1 March 2021.

ICO2021 will be held in the resort town of Paphos, on Cyprus, an island country in the Mediterranean. Paphos offers great value for money: the congress venue will be Neapolis University, which has modern facilities and onsite accommodation for €50 per night including breakfast (€75 for double occupancy). Budget hostel accommodation for students is also available close by, as are restaurants and other tourist facilities. The congress fee will be €320 for full-paying delegates and €160 for students, including a welcome cocktail reception, mid-congress field trip, congress shirt, refreshments and lunches on congress days, but excludes the congress dinner.

We’ll get together at a welcome cocktail reception at 6 pm on Sunday 29 August. Congress days will be Monday – Wednesday plus Friday. The mid-congress field trip on Thursday will explore sites along the Diarizos River, the most species rich of Cyprus’ rivers, ascending into the Troodos Mountain area for a late lunch (included in the registration fee) beside the stream at a trout farm. Our congress dinner on Friday 3 September will be held on the patio of the Kamares Club, a relaxed venue on the hills overlooking Paphos and the Mediterranean sunset.

There will be an optional three day post congress field trip – details to be announced later.

Cyprus has a modest 38 species of dragonflies, but a unique mix of European, Asian and African species, and is the only place in Europe where the rare Ischnura intermedia (Persian Bluetail) occurs and one of the few places in Europe where Anax immaculifrons (Magnificent Emperor), Europe’s largest dragonfly, Orthetrum chrysostigma (Epaulet skimmer), Orthetrum sabina (Slender Skimmer), Orthetrum taeniolatum (Small Skimmer), Trithemis arteriosa (Red-veined Dropwing) and Trithemis festiva (Indigo Dropwing) can be seen. All these species are on the wing at the beginning of September.

We are working on the full, detailed webpage for ICO2021 and hope to get it posted in the coming weeks. The tentative date for registration to open is 1 March 2021.

We hope to welcome you in Paphos in 2021!