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  [Aroid-l] Convention Speculations
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com (ted.held at us.henkel.com) on 2007.10.12 at 14:09:52(16463)
Dear List,

I have been following the discussion of new venues and possible new
formats for the IAS Annual Show and Convention and wondered about the
advisability of presenting more than a single keynote address. Many other
special-interest organizations sponsor smaller, less formal "sessions"
throughout the show period that supplement the address by the featured
speaker. I wrote down a few topics that could be presented in such
"workshops" and I'm sure that most of you could think of a number of
others. These are for purposes of discussion.

1. Experiences with Temperate Climate Outdoor Cultivation of Tropical
2. Edible Aroids of the World and Their Preparation.
3. Aquatic Aroid Genera Suitable for Aquarium Culture: Cryptocoryne,
Lagenandra, and Anubias.
4. Review of the Genus Philodendron [and other popular or unpopular
genera] and Cultivation Recommendations.
5. Aroids on E-Bay: Tips and Cautions about Buying and Selling On-Line.
6. Aroid Photography: Aesthetic and Scientific Pointers.
7. Hybridization of Aroids for the Amateur Enthusiast.
8. Landscaping with Aroids and Advice on Grounds Maintenance.
9. Successful Storage of Dormant Tubers.
10. Harvesting, Storage, and Germination of Aroid Seeds.
11. Tissue Culture: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Mass Cloning.
12. Artificial Lighting for Aroid Culture.
13. Coaxing Inflorescences from Reluctant Bloomers.
14. Native Cold Climate Aroids of North America [or Europe, or Anatolia,
or Asia].
15. Some Scientific Mysteries about Aroids.
16. What is Known about Aroid Odor and Fragrance.
17. Insect Pollination and Seed Dispersal: Partners in the Natural History
of Aroids.
18. The Aquatic Nuisance Aroids: Lemna, Spondela, and Pistia.
19. The Fossil Record of Aroids.
20. Aroid Culture and the Professional Operations of Public Greenhouses.

I expect that most people reading this list would want to sit for an hour
listening to many, perhaps even all of these topics if they were presented
by a person of some relevant experience. Most of these topics have been
discussed from time to time on the list, so there is at least some
expertise among people we already know that could be tapped and
formalized. I'm sure people would identify Julius with #2. I would be a
good possibility for #3, etc., etc.

Think also of the idea of video recording such sessions so they would be
available forever through the IAS. Or maybe we could have the presenter
write a "paper" on the subject that would record and flesh out the theme
for inclusion in Aroidiana. This is similar to what is done at many
professional meetings. Having some additional topics at a convention would
serve as further incentive for people to travel to attend and put some
meat on what it means to be a member of IAS.

Anyway, that's my idea for this morning.


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