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IPC2021 is going hybrid

16th International Peatland Congress Goes Hybrid for 2021 to Increase Access to the Learning on Offer

17 December 2020

The Estonian Peat Association has announced that the 16th International Peatland Congress, organised in collaboration with the International peatland Society, scheduled to take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 2-7 May 2021, ist o be a hybrid event. 

Congress will go ahead for face-to-face delegates with the state-of-the-art scientific programme also available online for those who have difficulties coming to Estonia due to travel restrictions or economic reasons caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Congress was planned to host over 700 delegates. The hybrid format ensures that all IPS members and experts in the field can benefit from the unique learning opportunity on offer. The organisers hope that the overall number of attendees will now be even higher.

“The decision to organise the 16th IPC as a hybrid event is very welcome,” the Chief Executive of the International Peatland Society Gilbert Ludwig is saying. “The possibility to join the event virtually ensures that anyone from anywhere can join and enjoy the offerings of IPC yet leaves open the opportunity to attend physically if conditions are suitable. It is a courageous decision in such unpredictable times,” he adds.

“We have been working hard to create a hybrid model which will offer an engaging and exciting experience, both for delegates who join us in Tallinn and those who attend online. In addition to watching lectures, our online delegates will be able to interact with the speakers through Q&A panels and polls, enjoy networking opportunities, browse the virtual exhibition and have 1:1 video calls or discussions with other delegates worldwide “the Chair of the Congress Erki Niitlaan says. 

The International Peatland Congress is all about community and offering a hybrid Congress format is the best way to ensure that the community can still get together and that as many delegates as possible can benefit from the speakers’ experience and expertise. 

Changes in the programme

IPC2021 will keep the planned volume of the scientific content. Four days full of plenary and parallel sessions, over 250 presentations, Industry Summit programme and field trips in four main regions of Estonia. 

The only change in the programme is moving the field trips from the middle of the Congress to the end of the Congress. Field trips are now scheduled to take place on Friday, 7 May 2021. 

The Scientific Committee of the Congress has announced a new call for abstracts for IPC2021. This is to include new research data to the Congress programme. 

What about COVID-19?

“Due to the evolving nature of pandemic and also considering the possible positive outcome from the vaccination, we can not provide the full list of safety measures that will be implemented at the event,” the organisers of the IPC2021 say. Nevertheless, the safety of the speakers, moderators and delegates is the key priority to the organisers. 

By monitoring the COVID-19 situation constantly, the organisers will be making informed decisions, and the safety protocol for the IPC2021 will be constantly updated on the Congress website. 

The most updated information can be found on the Congress website:


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