Marcel van den Broek

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About Marcel van den Broek

  • Birthday 09/17/1967

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    Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
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    all carnivorous plants

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  1. Quick reminder: proposals for the 2018 ICPS conference can be submitted for 1 more week (15th of April to be exact). Responses are coming in so if you want to compete make sure you are on time...we love it when we are spoiled with 1 or more choices as it underwrites the importance people attach to this conference (need I say I agree ? )
  2. We are working on it Mathias...but probably April before we have some real details. I know speakers where approached and that we are waiting for confirmations Just home (last night) from Panama so I have to find out first for myself how far the others got while I was away
  3. I think it is very important that everyone understand that ANYTHING you say in public is different when you take on a society job or similar. That is because it has actually happened that people got sued and as a board member, trustee or whatever judges look at you differently. overnight you are not allowed to express an opinion you could give just a day before you accepted because judges consider you to have influence on people and thus your opnion carries weight that could damage the "interests" of people disproportional. For instance: anyone can say internet company X sucks, but the risk of you getting sued is much smaller if Sheila, Dennis or say myself say so because we are considered to have influence... so in general we are very carefull, we want proof we can take to court and win before actually making detailled statements (one reason why so many scum is still around, not enough hard evidence to risk having to go to court) and at the very least we state that something is a personal opinion and not a society statement. Some countries are worse than others but we need to be carefull, this is for instance a reason why the ICPS doesn't have a bad sellers list or even an approved sellers list (because we could be forced to motivate why we don't add a certain party).
  4. Some, the registered cultivars, you can find here: It either gives a link to the article or says where it was published so you can look there. Unfortunatelly, many are either fantasy/trade names that are not registered and thus harder too find out about. Also, I spotted one mistake. Bart Blezzer, no such person. Bert Bleezer was a Dutch grower of cp's and one of the first (i'm talking the 1980's here) to sell a good selection of many species of CP's (including some of the first heliamphora) on the European private market but he has been out of CP's for decades.
  5. You don't wanna know Seriously though..Great guy, good grower, long time CPS (board) member in good standing and one of the fathers of the European Exhibition and Exchange to give the annual European meet its proper name
  6. Just a quick save the date. On the 20th of May 2017 Carnivora, the Dutch CPS, will host its (more or less) biennial visit to the Carnoflora nursery in Aalsmeer. As usual members of our sister societies are most welcome to join us. Details will follow in a couple of months, as there is no need for regsitration and no fees involved this is just a heads up.
  7. Just a small midterm reminder people: proposals for the 2018 ICPS conference in The Americas can be submitted untill the 15th of April 2017.
  8. at some point in time...yes
  9. No, not all lectures got filmed at the request of the speaker involved
  10. Publication will be on the ICPS channel and will be phased out over several months after we recieve the video. This will be a) because of limited time of a limited number of volunteers to do the job and b) because we want people to attend and not just stay home and have the video 3 months later anyway. Also, video is rather new. Printed proceeds several months after the conference used to be the norm,
  11. The business is closed down. Christian posted on the Dutch society FB page and some other pages that any outstanding orders wouldn't be delivered anymore and that anyone who had paid already should send him an e-mail and he would send their money back... Like most forums The Dutch forum is really down is usage....most people moved to FB
  12. Not true, Carniflora has something like 6 or 8 pings depending on the time of year. I have seen this one there, not enough of a ping guy (All Hail The Dew!) to tell you what it is though
  13. CPS Conference 2018, Call for proposals. After the successful and exciting event in London, UK, it is about time to begin thinking about the next ICPS conference scheduled for 2018. According to the principle of fair global distribution and the set schedule, the next venue should preferably be located in The Americas. If you or your society feels this should be your turn, please send a proposal by email to marcel[at]carnivorousplants[dot]org. Please supply in your proposal information on the person/society (with contact details, preferably email) who would like to organize the conference, the intended venue (capacity, equipment), travel details, accommodation, field trip opportunities, how you plan to make a record of the conference (like proceedings) and any ideas you find useful for the ICPS board of directors to make a choice (in favor of your proposal). Please understand that, while potentially interesting from a theoretical perspective, proposals without a direct (personal) commitment to organize a conference cannot be accepted for serious consideration (or further discussion) by the board. The ICPS is prepared to distribute information on the forthcoming event to its members and if requested, monetary support to cover advance expenses can be supplied. The conference should, however, be economically self-sustained so a partial payment by the ICPS can be reimbursed subsequently. The ICPS can provide a grant for the creation of a record (like proceedings) of the conference. If you have any questions about what should be in a proposal or have questions about what to expect when you try to set up for a conference you can ask your questions by mail at the e-mail address mentioned before. A “Conference-manual” containing tips, tricks and hard earned experience of those who organized a conference before you is available to help you along the way. Your proposal should be received by the 15th of April 2017. Thank you very much for your consideration. Marcel van den Broek President, ICPS
  14. Correct, correct, possibly
  15. Yes, I'm referring to the ICPS Yes, we do check the publication and picture Yes, the pictures and discriptions can be found in Colin's books ( It needs to be a valid publication, not an open access publication so our registart will have seen it but we might not be allowed to share it) Yes, even when the rules are followed plants won't look the same depending on growing conditions so you need a reliable source.