Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find out more about the 2021 Organic World Congress below. If you have any more questions, get in touch:

COVID-19 and Congress Postponement to 2021

Postponement Announcement:

In light of recent developments around covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the Organic World Congress to September 8-10, 2021 (pre-conferences to take place September 6 and 7). We are grateful for the unwavering support from our international, national and local partners and are confident that this is the right decision for all involved.

We will adjust our messages to build on the heightened public awareness of the need for a paradigm shift: Questions around resilience, societal transformation, ecosystem regeneration, health and food sovereignty are more important than ever and we will address these under the event’s tagline - ‘From its roots, organic inspires life.’ Our ambition remains to offer a truly global and diverse space that inspires positive change through knowledge exchange, learning and the formulation of sustainable solutions, for a better tomorrow for all.

If you are a speaker, contributor, pre-conference organiser, sponsor, or if you have already registered to attend the event, we will shortly be in touch to clarify what the postponement means for you. The event website will continue being the central place for updates on the event and information on registration, reimbursement, program etc. will be published in due course. If you have not yet signed up for our event mailing list, you can do so here.

We thank you for your understanding and support, and look forward to welcoming you in Rennes.

Until then, stay healthy and take care,

The Organizers of the Organic World Congress 2021

Pre-conferences will take place on September 6 and 7, 2021. The World Congress will take place from September 8 to 10, 2021.

At this stage we cannot share more details about the program as we are in the process of contacting every individual who has submitted a contribution for the OWC 2020 to confirm their availability to join us in 2021. From this first assessment we will then be able to start putting the program together again. All updates will be published on this website as they become available.

Yes. Tickets bought for the event in 2020 will be valid for the Organic World Congress 2021. In the coming weeks we will be in touch with registered participants with information on how purchased tickets will be updated to reflect the new dates.

Of course. You have been contacted by our teams this summer concerning the postponement of your participation or whether you wished to receive a refund. If the latter, please do not hesitate to contact our teams: Please note we are currently looking into digital solutions for participants not able to join us.

IFOAM - Organics International will contact each member directly by email to clarify next steps.

Tickets and Registration

The classification of countries into High-Income Economies and Lower-Income Economies reflects the official classification by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Regular ticket prices apply to High-Income Economies while participants from Lower-Income Economies—meaning all economies not classified as ‘High Income’—have a reduced ticket price.

Affiliates of IFOAM - Organics International and other co-organisers are eligible for the Member discount.

Affiliates of IFOAM - Organics International benefit from preferential rates and in order to access this reduction, you will be asked to introduce your personal membership discount code. This code is non-transmissible and unique to your organization and can conveniently be accessed in the membership area of the IFOAM - Organics International Membership Directory.

It includes members and affiliates to the following organizations:

  • IFOAM - Organics International
  • SYNABIO, Syndicat national des transformateurs et distributeurs de produits naturels et de ce culture biologique
  • FNAB, Féderation Nationale d'agriculture biologique des régions de France
  • ITAB, Intitut Technique de l'Agriculture Biologique
  • Féderation NATEXBIO
  • MABD, Mouvement de l'agroiculture biodynamique, Fédération des Organismes Régionaux, nationaux et Francophones de l’Agriculture Bio-Dynamique
  • GRAB, Groupe de recherche en agriculture biologique
  • IBB, Initiative Bio Bretagne
  • Nature et Progrès, Fédération internationale nature et progrès pour notre santé et celle de la terre
  • AGENCE BIO, Agence française pour le développement et la promotion de l’agriculture biologique
  • BIOCENTRE, Association de la filière biologique de la région Centre
  • A PRO BIO, Association pour la promotion des produits biologiques
  • Cluster Bio Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Interbio des Pays de La Loire

Full registration fees include (all categories except daily registration):

  • Opening Ceremony on 7 September 2021
  • Access to all Congress sessions from 8 to 10 September 2021
  • Congress bag and official documents
  • Access to the Exhibition
  • Workshop participation (according to availability)
  • Closing Ceremony on 10 September 2021

Full registration fees do not include:

  • Preconferences on 6 & 7 September 2021 (optional reservations, subject to availability)

You will have the possibility to request an invitation letter through the registration process.

A customized invitation letter for visa purposes is only available for delegates with a confirmed registration that has been paid in full. The letter is intended to help delegates raise travel funds or obtain a visa but does not imply the OWC 2021 organizers will provide financial support.

In case of a visa request rejection, the OWC 2021 organizers will refund the full registration fee only upon receipt of the official refusal document from the Embassy. You can claim for a refund until the 20th of September 2021. After this date, no refund will be possible.

Please visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further information concerning the documents required to obtain a visa.

We urge all delegates to keep in mind that a visa application may take some time to be processed and should, therefore, be initiated early enough to ensure it is accepted before the Congress begins. We invite you to check with your local embassy regarding what sort of documents are necessary, as this may differ between delegates from the same country.

Carbon-offsetting and compensation of the environmental impact apply to cover the impact of the digital event. Production, use, and data transfer of digital devices, network energy consumption, data centers, and servers/routers cause CO₂ emissions. Funds will be entirely dedicated to carbon offsetting projects chosen by the co-organisers.

Speakers and Submissions

If you have received a confirmation that your paper/contribution has been accepted for the OWC 2020, your submission is still valid for 2021. We are in the process of contacting authors about their submissions. They are requested to fill out a questionnaire to indicate whether they want to keep their submission, withdraw it, update and resubmit it, - or whether they do not know yet.

Certain authors have not yet been contacted about their submissions. This mostly applies to authors who had been asked to incorporate feedback and resubmit their work. As with the authors whose submissions have already been accepted, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to indicate whether you want to keep your submission, withdraw it, update and resubmit it, - or whether you do not know yet.