Events Archive: Past Conferences, Meetings and Activities

 

International Training Workshop in Conservation Biological Control of Insect Pests

12–15 November 2018, Lincoln University, New Zealand

International Training Workshop in Conservation Biological Control of Insect Pests, 12–15 November 2018, Lincoln University, New Zealand

This workshop is a follow-up to that held simultaneously in Beijing and Hanoi in September 2017, which covered all aspects of insect biological control. The pro-posed workshop will concentrate on Conservation Biological Control (CBC) only. It will target researchers, teachers and especially graduate students and early-career scientists researching or working in biological control in any geographic region.
Of the three main types of biological control of insect pests, CBC is the newest and the fastest growing. There has been a global exponential increase in citation rates for publications in the area of CBC since 1990 (Prof. G.M. Gurr, pers. comm.) and the rate of increase is continuing. This indicates the importance of this 'sustainable' approach to pest management.
A group of experts, mainly from the Asia-Pacific region, will lead the programme, including Prof. Steve Wratten (Lincoln University, NZ), Prof. Geoff Gurr (Charles Sturt University, Australia), Dr Kris Wyckhuys (Vietnam) and Prof. Jonathan Lundgren (USA).
Inexpensive single accommodation and food is available on the Lincoln University campus. Other accommodation and food options are available locally in Lincoln and in Christchurch, 17km away. Our aim is to make this important event a true work-shop that involves interactive, blended-learning methods and small-group work.

Previsional Programme: See IOBC-APRS Newsletter No.9, Aug. 2018, p. 7-8 (pdf)
For registration, payment or more information please email Janine Johnson (janine.johnson@lincoln.ac.nz) or Michelle Boyle (michelle.boyle@lincoln.ac.nz).

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Training Workshop:
Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network

DEVELOPING SKILLS IN FOREST PROTECTION:
AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

23-27 October 2018, Beijing, China

Training Workshop:
Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network
DEVELOPING SKILLS IN FOREST PROTECTION: 
AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
23 – 27 October 2018 Beijing, ChinaThis training workshop, to be held in Beijing, China from October 23-27, 2018 in conjunction with the China National Forest Protection Congress, aims to provide hands-on training on properly identifying disease based on signs and symptoms, causal agents, and best management practices for disease control. It is targeted at recent graduates, entry-level and mid-level practitioners who are involved in forestry management, forest health monitoring, and management of forest diseases and their control.

The main objectives of this training workshop are to equip participants with the skills to:

  1. Understand the concept of the Disease Triangle, Koch's Postulates, and what constitutes disease.
  2. Recognise and identify the main causes of plant disease, basic biology, disease distribution and spread. Identify common fungi based on morphology and DNA bar-coding.
  3. Detect and diagnose disease using various methods of sampling, culturing, specimen preservation and collection.
  4. Determine suitable methods of disease management and control with emphasis on integrated pest management (IPM).

This training course is targeted at recent forestry graduates and practitioners who plan to/will be involved in aspects of forest health and management, monitoring, silviculture, tree breeding, pest and disease management and control. The target number of trainees is 30 participants, the number of participants from Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission member countries outside China depending on the available budget.

The working language for the symposium and training course is English.
More information: Announcement (docx) with Draft Agenda and Nomination Form

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1st International Conference on Biological Control: Approaches and Applications (ICBC 2018)

27-29 September 2018, Bengaluru, India.

1st International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC 2018), 27-29 September 2018, Bengaluru, India. Conference Theme:
Biological Control: Approaches and Applications

Globally, up to 30% of agricultural yields are affected by pests and diseases despite intensive chemical pesticide use. Biological control of insect pests and diseases is one of the major ecosystem services provided to agriculture worldwide. Natural enemies such as predators, parasitoids and pathogens play a major role in limiting damage caused by nature and exotic pests. The main theme of the conference is to address issues related to various biological control approaches in the context of biodiversity, increased chemical pesticide pressure and climate change. The emphasis would also be on the challenges faced by researchers, farmers and other stakeholders in implementing biological control programs. The conference would include keynote addresses, plenary and oral presentations and poster sessions.

The conference would cover the following Sub Themes related to Biological Control

More information: First Announcement (pdf), Second Announcement (pdf)
Website: www.icbc2018.tarasviinfotech.com

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XVth International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds,
ISBCW 2018

26-31 August 2018, Engelberg, Switzerland

ISBCW 2018, XVth International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, 26-31 August 2018, Engelberg, Switzerland Sessions will be held on:

Deadline for early registration and submission of abstracts: 30 March 2018.
Online registration: https://www.isbcw-2018.com/index.php?cat=registration

Contact: info@isbcw-2018.org, Website: http://isbcw-2018.com

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First International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC-1)

14-16 May 2018, Beijing, China.

First International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC-1), 14-16 May 2018, Beijing, China.

The First International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC-1) will be held at Beijing Friendship Hotel and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, May 14-16, 2018.

This congress, hosted jointly by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the Chinese Society of Plant Protection (CSPP) and the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) will cover a wide range of biological control topics regarding insect pests, invasive weeds and plant diseases. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen communication and cooperation between researchers investigating biological control techniques of insect pests, invasive weeds and plant diseases, and to promote the global development of biological control technology and industry. The theme of this congress is: 'Biological Control for a Healthy Planet' with a sub-theme of 'Interdisciplinary Biological Control.'

Congress Topics:

More information: Poster (jpg)
Congress Website: www.canevent.com/customPage/customPagePreview?pageId=43608&eventId=10003226

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2017 AES Conference, Australian Entomological Society

48th AGM and Scientific Conference, "Biosecurity – A Partnership Approach"
17-20 September 2017, Crowne Plaza in Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW (an hour north of Sydney), Australia.

2017 AES Conference, Australian Entomological Society 48th AGM and Scientific Conference, "Biosecurity – A Partnership Approach", 17-20 September 2017, Terrigal, NSW, Australia.

This year the conference theme will be the science behind biosecurity and the protection of the economy, environment and community from negative impacts associated with insect pests. The exciting science that underpins successful biosecurity will be on show where topics will include, amongst other things, the principles of preparedness, prevention, management, and biology of our invading (or already "invaded") pests.
The 2017 conference logo is the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) which has marched its way across the Pacific from its natural range in the southeast USA and northeast Mexico. It has travelled via California, French Polynesia, Hawaii, and Easter Island and is a fascinating insect that is an important vector and has some fascinating success biological control stories in some of its invaded ranges along the way.

Website: www.aesconferences.com.au

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5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods

5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, 11-15 September 2017, Langkawi, Malaysia.11-15 September 2017, Langkawi, Malaysia.

This conference continues the series of international symposia on the biological control of arthropods held every four years. Dr Roy Van Driesche was the founder of the series and held the first meeting in Hawaii in January 2002. The second meeting took place in Davos, Switzerland, in September 2005, the third in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2009. The latest one was held in Pucón, Chile, in March 2013. The upcoming 5th symposium will follow the proven format and framework of the previous four symposia, as they have all been very successful and highly appreciated by the participants.

Website: www.isbca-2017.org

 

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Hands-On Training Course
MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN ASIA'S CHANGING AGRO-LANDSCAPES

2-9 September 2017, Beijing, China & Hanoi, Vietnam (concurrent)

Hands-On Training Course, IOBC-APRS & CIAT, 2nd - 9th September 2017: 
MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN ASIA'S CHANGING AGRO-LANDSCAPES

The International Organisation for Biological Control - Asia and Pacific Regional Section (IOBC-APRS) and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) bring to you

MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN ASIA'S CHANGING AGRO-LANDSCAPES

This one-week field course will be organized around a number of topics that are of immediate relevance to Asia's agriculture, such as invasive species, ecological intensification, biodiversity loss in agricultural settings, and landscape simplification. The short course will provide a primer to students and young professionals in how biodiversity aspects biological control of pests - within the particular context of Asia's intensified agriculture. The course will use an approach that will pair lecture-style introductions to key topics by world experts with hands-on activities in order to reinforce key concepts. Cross-cutting subject areas that will be covered in this course include: Biodiversity in tropical systems; diversity from landscape to farm-level scales; the importance of diversity & biological control on smallholder farms; and the importance of resource diversity to biological control.

The short course will not only celebrate Asia's historical contributions to the field of arthropod biological control, but equally highlight opportunities and threats for sustained biological control in present-day farming systems. The course will introduce novel concepts, tools and methodological approaches, and plant the seed for invigorated applied research on arthropod biological control in Asia's highly unique yet rapidly changing agro-landscapes.

Flyer, Call for Application (pdf)

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47th AGM and Scientific Conference, Australian Entomological Society and Entomological Society of New Zealand,
Theme: "Understanding and managing insects for our mutual benefit"

27-30 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Australian Entomological Society 47th AGM and Scientific Conference and Entomological Society of New Zealand – 2016 Conference, 
Theme: "Understanding and managing insects for our mutual benefit", 
Melbourne, Australia, 27-30 November 2016

IOBC-APRS will be co-convening a symposium at this conference (see Symposium 6 below). Please visit the website for more information, and think about presenting a paper or poster. The venue for the conference is the Rydges on Swanston.

Symposia:

  1. Invertebrate conservation and invasive species.
    Dr Gary Taylor, Dr Isabel Valenzuela and Dr Bernie Dominiak
  2. Ecosystem services in a changing environment.
    Professor Geoff Gurr
  3. Social insects: challenges economic opportunities and behavioural insights
    Dr Nathan Lo
  4. The role of phytochemistry in insect nutrition.
    Dr Martin Steinbauer, Dr Clare L. Casteel, Professor Rosy Mary dos Santos Isaias, Professor Juha-Pekka Salminen
  5. Taxonomy, systematics and the importance of reference collections
    Mr John Marris, Dr Mali Malipatil, Dr Mark Blacket and Dr Vratislav Ricardo Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld
  6. Biological control for Agriculture and the Environment.
    Dr Bill Palmer and Dr Luke Barrett

Website: www.aesconferences.com.au

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ICE 2016, XXV International Congress of Entomology

25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA

XXV International Congress of Entomology, 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA.IOBC-Global will be sponsoring four biological control symposia at the International Congress of Entomology.

For more information on other biocontrol-related talks, see the full list of symposia here: http://ice2016orlando.org/scientific-program/symposia

26 Sep
9.15– 11.45am

IOBC Symposium:
Zoophytophagous Arthropods in Biological Control

Conveners: Josep A. Jaques (Universitat Jaume I, Spain) and Alberto Urbaneja (Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research, Spain)

26 Sep
1.30-4.30pm

IOBC Symposium:
Status and Prospects for Biological Control in the 21st Century

Conveners: Russell Messing (University of Hawaii, USA) and Jacques Brodeur (University of Montreal, Canada)

26 Sep
6-8pm

IOBC Global General Assembly - all members welcome

27 Sep
9.15—11.45am

IOBC Symposium:
Opportunities and Challenges for Biocontrol of Disease Vectors

Convener: Matthew Thomas (Penn State University, USA)

27 Sep
9.15-am 12.30pm

IOBC Symposium:
Biological Control Under Climate Change

Convener: Jianqing Ding (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

27 Sep
8-9.30pm

Social mixer co-hosted by NRS and IOBC Global - all members welcome

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1st International Workshop of the IOBC-APRS Working Group "Predatory Mites as Biological Control Agents"

15-19 May 2016, Beijing, China

The theme of the 1st workshop was "Resources to Industry: bridging the gap", implying the interest and endeavor of the working group members in screening predatory mite resources and developing an industry with more commercial products against more target pests. The workshop especially focused on how to evaluate and utilize rich predatory mite resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

Group photo of the 1st International Workshop of IOBC-APRS"Predatory Mites as Biological Control Agent's" Working Group meetingBeijing, China, 15-19 May 2016

Group photo of the 1st International Workshop of IOBC-APRS in Beijing, China, 15-19 May 2016

More Information: Event page with Book of Abstracts, Programme und Photos

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EMAPI 2015, 13th International Conference Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

EMAPi 2015, 
13th International Conference Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions, 20.-24.09.2015, Hawai'i Island, USA

20.-24.09.2015, Hawai'i Island, USA

The conference may be of special interest to weed biocontrol practitioners.

EMAPi 2015 provides the opportunity to share findings and experiences — research, management, and policy — with professionals from around the world. A mid-conference field trip will offer first-hand experience with Hawaii's plant invasions, while also allowing extensive opportunities for networking. For this international meeting, we are expecting to bring together ~ 300 active researchers, managers and policy makers.

One of the special sessions will focus on "Biocontrol of Invasive Plants" in which we will consider the science, practice and policy of weed biocontrol, particularly the benefits and risks of introducing specialist herbivores and pathogens for conservation objectives.

A special discounted registration will be available to students.

Website: www.emapi2015.hawaii-conference.com

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Biocontrol Asia 2015 Conference, 17-18 March 2015
13th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition, 18-20 March 2015

BiocontrolAsia2015
Date,
Event, Place
17-18 March 2015: Biocontrol Asia 2015 Conference,
18-20 March 2015: 13th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition,
New Dehli, India.
Aims &
Topics
Biocontrol Asia Conference: During the one and a half day meeting selected presentations on key current Biocontrol topics will be delivered by world renowned speakers/organisations. The conference will also feature a display of poster presentations. Biocontrol companies in attendance at the Biocontrol Asia 2015 conference will be invited to exhibit at the 13th New Ag International Conference over the 3 days following.
13th Annual New Ag International Conference & Exhibition:
In March 2015 the World's Leading Conference on High Tech Agriculture will return to India. Delegates from over 60 countries will descend on the vibrant city to meet with exhibitors from leading companies from every corner of the world, to consolidate or acquire knowledge on the latest trends in plant nutrition, irrigation, fertigation, foliar spraying, greenhouse technology and support systems. The meeting's prestigious line up of conference speakers includes, but is not limited to, top international executives from all corners of the globe. The programme of speakers will have a particularly strong participation from the Indian and Asia regions most globally active companies in international high-tech agricultural inputs.
Contact conferences@newaginternational.com
Information Website: http://www.newaginternational.com/newdelhi/newdelhi.html

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Australian Entomological Society Conference, 28 Sep – 1 October 2014

BiocontrolAsia2015
Date,
Event, Place
28 Sep – 1 October 2014: Australian Entomological Society Conference,
Canberra, Australia.
Aims &
Topics
IOBC-APRS is organizing a symposium at this conference on "Biological control in the Asia-Pacific Region: highlights from the last 50 years and emerging issues for the future".
Information Report, photos and presentations from the IOBC-APRS Symposium.
Conference website: http://www.aesconferences.com.au

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Seminar "Research and Applications of Biological Control", 9 July 2014

National Agricultural Biological Security Science Center, IPP-CAAS, 9 July 2014

The seminar included visiting scientists from research organisations, and the biological control industry interested in the use of predators for biological control. Seminar programme (pdf)

IOBC-APRS Vice President, Yulin Gao gave a presentation on
"IOBC Global and APRS: Who we are?"
(pdf)

Seminar: Research and Applications of Biological Control

Group photo, seminar 'Research and Applications of Biological Control', National Agricultural Biological Security Science Center, IPP-CAAS, 9 July 2014

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The IOBC Australia and New Zealand Biocontrol Conference 2008

The inaugural IOBC-ANZBC was held at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney, Australia, 10 - 14 February 2008.

The conference spanned the disciplines of insect pest, weed, plant pathogen and vertebrate pest biological control and there were sessions dedicated to various biological approaches and techniques. Conference sessions and an integrative workshop explored underlying themes including ecology and economics. Combined with European and American keynote speakers and participants, the meeting had strong international relevance.

Sessions and keynote presentations discussed biocontrol success stories, eradication of emergency plant pests with the use of biocontrol agents, ecological control of insects, vertebrate pest control, biocontrol safety, the way forward for Australasia and many more topics.

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