International Congress of Vexillology(ICV)s are held every two years under the auspices of the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV). FIAV is an association of 60 + Flag societies and flag research centres from 43+ countries. ICVs consist mainly of lectures, presentations and workshops by the world’s leading flag experts who have the opportunity to present their research and activities to their international peers. Attendance at the Congress and the excursions to flag-related sites and various social functions provide the forum to deepen relationships with other vexillologists who have similar interests, and the opportunity for ideas to be cross-fertilised by contact with peers who have different specialisations.
From India, Mr Sekhar Chakrabarti, a well known vexillologist participated as an invitee to the 27th ICV and presented his well researched paper on aspects of Indian National Flag which was highly appreciated by the esteemed audience.
He has earned the distinction of being the sole Indian delegate to present his papers in three consecutive ICVs viz. the 25th ICV at Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2013, the 26th ICV at Sydney, Australia and the 27th ICV in London.
Harrington proposed that the some Canadian flags with the red and blue ensign may have never existed, and only came into existence due to assumptions and errors. Essentially the Admiralty was making mistakes and assumptions, based upon the hypotheticals. As of yet there is no direct evidence that some flags existed. Perhaps the flags were proposed, but none were created to fly on a flag pole?
Kevin Harrington of Canada spoke on "Flags and the Anniversaries of 2017: myths, mistakes, misconceptions".
Rachel Phelan of Ireland on "Conserving the Irish Republic flag that flew during the 1916 Easter Rising".
Mr Chakrabarti presenting his award winning book "The Indian National unfurling Through Philately" published by Niyogi Books to Dr Michel Lupant (in the centre) of Belgium - the President of the FIAV and to Prof Ian Sumnar of Flag Institute, UK, Programme Director ICV27, Maggie Sumner.