WOCMAP series of congresses have been organized since 1992 in every five years at a different continent.

Welcome to WOCMAP VI

It is my utmost pleasure to invite you to the 6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human and Animal Welfare (WOCMAP VI) which will be held on 13-17 November 2019 in Famagusta, N.Cyprus.

WOCMAP series of congresses have been organized since 1992 in every five years at a different continent. It is the official congress of the International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP). ICMAP was established in a meeting on 8 June 1993 at the Secretariat of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) in Paris by unanimous decision of the nine international organizations (ISHS, ESCOP, FIP, IUPHAR, UNIDO, FAO, IUCN, WWF, IPGRI) attending the meeting following the recommendation of the 1st World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP-I), as an international non-governmental body in order to promote international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them. (For more info on ICMAP please visit icmap.org).

WOCMAP I was held on 19-25 July 1992 in Maastricht, the Netherlands [EUROPE]. The following congresses were held as follows: WOCMAP II, 10-15 November 1997 in Mendoza, Argentina [SOUTH AMERICA]; WOCMAP III, 2-7 February 2003 in Chiang Mai, Thailand [ASIA]; WOCMAP IV, 9-14 November 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa [AFRICA]; WOCMAP V, 17-20 August 2014 in Brisbane, Australia [AUSTRALIA].

WOCMAP has been reputed as a congress covering all aspects of medicinal and aromatic plants ranging from ethnobotany, botany, chemistry, pharmacology, biological activity, standardization, adulteration, technology, pharmacy, medicine, cosmetics, food use, flavours and fragrances, regulatory activities to trade and commerce including uses for human and animal welfare. World reknowned experts in the above fields will be invited to give plenary and keynote lectures to enlighten the audience on latest developments in their respected fields. You are cordially invited to attend the congress and contribute with your latest findings in the form of oral and/or poster presentations.

N.Cyprus is an excellent venue for holding congresses thanks to her natural, historical and cultural beauties and for being an attractive touristic spot. Northern Cyprus (Ercan Airport) is easily reachable via any major cities in Turkey and via Larnaca Airport in Cyprus Republic. The congress will be held in 5-star Kaya Artemis Hotel.

Please follow our website regularly for new developments and announcements.
We shall do our utmost to make the meeting as fruitful and enjoyable as possible.
I look forward to meeting you on 13-17 November 2019 in Famagusta, N.Cyprus.

Prof. Dr. K. Hüsnü Can Başer
President, WOCMAP VI


Abstracts of the congress shall be published in the Elsevier Journal Phytomedicine. Participants are urged to send their abstracts before the deadline.



Held every five years in a different continent, the World Congress of Medicinal Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP) is an opportunity for medicinal and aromatic plant (MAP) stakeholders to convene around the current and future states of botanicals.

This year’s congress will take place on Nov. 13-17, 2019 in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, which will feature 14 discussions by world-class experts on subjects surrounding key topics such as botanical biodiversity, cultivation, adulteration, laws and regulations, sustaina­bility of MAPs, phytoche­mistry, essential oils, natural volatiles and safety and efficacy, among others.

Since 1997, WOCMAP VI’s president, K. Hüsnü Can Baser has held administ­rative positions for WOCMAP’s parent organizer, International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP). In this exclusive interview with Perfumer & Flavorist, Baser discusses the evolution of the congress and its goals for the upcoming program. WOCMAP is a platform for discussions and future projections to serve MAPs, including essential oils, extracts, flavors and fragrances.


International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) [ifeat.org] has decided to meet registration fees of 10 young scientists whose abstracts have been accepted by the Scientific Committee of WOCMAP 2019


Sanganeria Foundation (www.sanganeriafoundation.org) will be sponsor five young and brilliant scientists related to the field i.e. Medicinal and Aromatics Plants.



The future of Frankincense and Myrrh
13th-17th November 2019 ,Famagusta, Cyprus,

During the last five years, the worldwide demand for frankincense and myrrh resin as incense, medicine, cosmetics and as a source of essential oils has grown exponentially. Scientific interest in these materials has also expanded rapidly as more and more uses for these ingredients are being discovered /rediscovered. The growing gap between demand and supply in most producing areas is causing widespread concern amongst scientists, environmentalists and the business community. Can more sustainable ways be found to produce and process these ancient and highly prized materials?

The first ever International congress dedicated on Frankincense and associated medicinal plants held in Muscat, Oman in October 2018, drew global attention to the botanical, religious, medicinal and cosmetic importance of this species. While experts from around the world presented much valuable information to enhance our understanding of these plants and their resin constituents, the congress also highlighted the many gaps in our knowledge and the urgent need for further research.

The WOCMAP organising committee has hence decided to launch a special session at WOCMAP VI dedicated exclusively to the history, geography, botany, bio-chemistry and economics of Frankincense ( Boswellia ) and Myrrh (Commiphora) . Experts from different parts of the world will present the latest scientific findings about these plants and a panel discussion will debate whether world trade in frankincense and myrrh,in its present form, is sustainable or not.  If you want further information or feel you can usefully contribute to this special session please email denzil@denzil.com or contact the WOCMAP organising committee wocmap2019@gmail.com


Ten Fast Facts About Frankincense

During the last five years, the worldwide demand for frankincense (Boswellia spp., Burseraceae) resin as a source of incense, medicine, cosmetics, and essential oil has grown substantially. Scientific interest in these materials also has expanded rapidly as more uses for these ingredients are being discovered or rediscovered. The growing gap between supply and demand in most areas of production is causing widespread concern among scientists, environmentalists, and the business community. Can more sustainable ways to produce and process this ancient and highly prized material be found?

Congress Topics

  • Biodiversity prospecting and ethnopharmacology
    Ben-Erik van Wyk, Thomas Efferth
  • Herbal products for animal health and nutrition (HERBAN)
    Kobus Eloff, Chlodwig Franz
  • Cultivation, collection, breeding and sustainability of MAPs
    Johannes Novak, Akos Mathe
  • Production, phytochemistry, adulteration, quality control of phytomedicines, phytocosmetics, essential oils, natural volatiles and spices
    Yoshinori Asakawa, Umesh Patil
  • Botany, taxonomy, nomenclature and history of MAPs
    Ali A. Dönmez
  • Industrial processing of MAPs
    Atta-ur-Rahman, M. Iqbal Choudhary
  • Therapeutical aspects, safety and efficacy, clinical trials of MAPs
    Gerhard Buchbauer
  • Nutraceuticals, functional foods, novel foods and dietary supplements
    Stefan Gafner, Mark Blumenthal
  • Marketing and trade of MAPs
    Denzil Phillips
  • Laws and regulations, pharmacopoeial standards of MAPs
    Gerhard Franz
  • Technology, biotechnology and innovations of MAPs
    Mahmoud A. ElSohly
  • Traditional health systems, ethnomedicines
    Dean Guo, Alvaro Viljoen
  • Marine natural products
    Anake Kijjoa
  • Future of Frankincense and Myrrh – Special Session
    Denzil Phillips
  • Other topics related to MAPs
    Salvador Canigueral, Umesh Patil

General Information

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2019 (Last Call)
Acceptance Letters: 15 July 2019
Early bird registration: 29 July 2019

Congress Venue

A magnificent sea, a spectacular coast, endless entertainment, the most productive congresses await you at Kaya Artemis.

Congress City

From the Assyrians to the Egyptians, the Persians to the Romans, Cyprus has seen hordes of visitors disembark on her shores over the centuries – each leaving their distinctive mark on the varied landscape.


Take a look at the registration fees and information

Online Registration

We strongly advice you to register before July 29, 2019 for reduced prices. Only online registrations will be accepted.

Supporting Organizations



Platin Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

General Sponsors

Keynote Speakers

<center>Ben Erik Van Wyk

Ben Erik Van Wyk

South Africa
Biodiversity prospecting and ethnopharmacology

<center>Kobus Eloff

Kobus Eloff

South Africa
Some success stories in using plants to promote animal health

<center>Akos Mathe

Akos Mathe

Trends in exploring and sustainable utilization of MAP diversity

<center>Umesh Patil

Umesh Patil

Challenges, advances in quality control & standardization of herbal products

<center>Stefan Gafner

Stefan Gafner

Botanical Ingredient Adulteration – How Commonly Used Analytical Techniques Can Be Fooled

<center>Ali A. Dönmez

Ali A. Dönmez

Insights from taxonomy and nomenclature for phytochemistry

<center>Thomas Efferth

Thomas Efferth

Network pharmacology of natural products for cancer therapy

<center>Denzil Phillips

Denzil Phillips

About The Future of Frankincense and Myrrh

<center>K Hüsnü C Başer

K Hüsnü C Başer

World Trade and Global Potential of Essential Oils

<center>Anake Kijjoa

Anake Kijjoa

Secondary Metabolites and Their Biologiıcal Activities from Tropical Marine-Derived Fungi

<center>Mark Blumenthal

Mark Blumenthal

Confirming, Educating, and Preventing Adulteration and Fraud in Botanical Ingredients in the Global Marketplace: The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

Bilkon Turizm