Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find out more about the 2021 Organic World Congress below. If you have any more questions, get in touch: info2021@owc-bio.org

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.

The organisers are committed to maintaining this 20th edition of the Organic World Congress in a safe, inclusive way. To this end, the OWC2021 will be a hybrid event.

Online participants: you will experience the Congress as if you were on-site in Rennes, thanks to our digital platform! You’ll have access to all content and be able to attend live plenary conferences, interact with participants and speakers via chat or video, and build your own personalised schedule.

On-site participants: In line with national health and safety measures, the number of on-site participants is limited to 500. These physical passes will be allocated to the first 500 people to sign up. You’ll have access to all digital content and be able to attend the on-site sessions, opening and closing ceremonies. There will also be spaces available for you to comfortably connect to the digital platform and enjoy the full added value of combining the online and face-to-face experiences.

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. The participants concerned have been contacted to change their booking. If you would like more information or to update your booking, please do not hesitate to contact our team: registration2021@owc-bio.org

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: registration2021@owc-bio.org

To ensure that the GA remains a lively, inclusive, democratic event, the IFOAM - Organics International World Board decided to hold the event virtually. It will take place on Zoom on September 13-14, 2021.

Members will be regularly updated via email on how to prepare for the virtual event and the steps to follow. You can also consult the GA2021 page for all the latest developments.

Health safety is a top priority for the congress organisers. To ensure maximum safety for all participants, the health protocol measures for professional events published by the French government will be carefully followed.

You can find the current measures here. We will update this page as the French health and safety measures evolve.

For travel to/from France, we advise you to regularly refer to the official website of your country’s embassy or the French government website.

Tickets, Registration and the Congress

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
  • ECOCERT SA
  • 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
  • INTERBIO NOUVELLE AQUITAINE
  • 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

The 3 Day Digital Package fees include:

  • Full access to the official Congress digital platform
  • Live & Replay of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Live & Replay of the Plenary Sessions
  • Access to the all recorded Workshop Sessions + live discussions at the end of each session
  • Access to e-posters submitted by contributors
  • Digital networking opportunities
  • Access to the Partners page
  • Access to session recordings for 3 months after the Congress

Full registration fees do not include:

  • Preconferences on 6 & 7 September 2021 (tickets must be purchased separately)

We’ll soon be in touch with more information about the OWC2021 digital experience and how you’ll be able to interact with our speakers and sessions.

Here’s how it currently works: Once you’ve registered for the congress and paid your registration fee, you will receive your confirmation by email. A few days before the event, you will receive your access codes to the OWC2021 virtual platform.

The platform will allow you to follow some sessions live and others in replay; to exchange live with the speakers at the end of each session; and to chat with other participants and the Congress partners. You will be able to visit the pages of our partners and access the e-posters supplied by contributors.

After the congress, you’ll be able to access the replay of the sessions for 3 months.

You must purchase a 3 Day Virtual Package in order to opt into the on-site option. In addition to the benefits included in the 3 Day Virtual Package, the add-on option of attending the conference in Rennes, France, includes:

  • Entrance pass to OWC venue (Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes, France)
  • Access to the full OWC digital platform and content
  • Access to on-site opening & closing ceremonies
  • Access to on-site plenary sessions
  • Access to on-site Platinum sponsor symposium
  • Access to on-site forum sessions
  • Face-to-face networking opportunities
  • Lunches (8-10 Sep.) and coffee breaks

The official OWC2021 language is English. There will be opportunities for translation into French and Spanish.

We’ve done our best to scatter sessions over the Congress duration so that different time zones may join live at some point.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries: all sessions will be available to watch in replay.

The platform chosen by the Organising Committee will allow you to network and communicate with other participants and partners of the Organic World Congress in real time. Stay tuned: we’ll soon be able to provide more information on how you can make the most of the platform!

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. You have been asked whether you wish to keep your paper, withdraw it or update it. If you have any questions about this, please contact papers@owc2020.bio

You will soon receive all the guidelines and instructions concerning your presentation. All contributors will be invited to pre-register their presentations on our online tool. Assistance will be provided for participants who need support and guidance.

We remind you that in order for the presentation to be accepted and scheduled, your registration must be paid and cleared.

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