9th International Conference on Urban Pests 2017

09 July 2017

9th International Conference on Urban Pests 2017
When: 9 - 12 July 2017

Where: University of Aston, Birmingham


From the event organisers:

Held once every three years, the dates and details for the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) have been announced by the organisers.

The conference is, once again, being held in Europe and will take place on 9 – 12 July 2017. The venue is Conference Aston, which is based on the University of Aston campus in central Birmingham, UK.

This highly popular, non-profit, conference is the leading international forum for sharing information and ideas on the impact, biology and control of pests in the urban environment. It is attended by entomologists, pest management professionals, and academic and government scientists from around the world.

The 2017 organising team, chaired by Dr Matthew Davies from Killgerm has been working hard developing, what promises to be, another first-class programme for the 2017 conference. This will be the second time a member of Killgerm’s staff has acted as chairman. Professor Moray Anderson fulfilled this role at the second ICUP event held in 1996 in Edinburgh.

Explains the 2017 conference chairman, Dr Davies: “The conference programme will address the science and management of a wide variety of urban pests, including coverage of hygiene, structural, medical and vertebrate pests. In particular, we want to address the importance of emerging environments and how they are impacting on emerging pests that are both ‘old’ and ‘new’ to us.

“We are especially keen to see interaction between a new generation of researchers and established contributors. Of course, no event of this standing would be complete without sessions looking at the future direction for urban pest control as well as the impacts of regulatory and stewardship challenges.”

In addition to the main conference sessions, there will be break-out sessions as well as the ever popular conference dinner.

Delegate registration is expected to start in spring 2016. Details on how to offer a paper for consideration by the organising committee will be announced in early summer 2016. As before, the official language of the conference is English.

To accompany the release of the 2017 dates is the new ICUP logo. Up until now each of the ICUP conferences has had its own individual logo. As ICUP executive committee member, Clive Boase, explained: “It’s more than 20 years since the very first ICUP conference was held in Cambridge. Since then the event has developed its own identity and has come to be universally recognised as an international forum where scientists can gather, present their latest research findings and freely exchange information in an informal and purely technical environment. Both I and Dr Bill Robinson, my fellow ICUP executive committee member, felt the time had come to create an identity for ICUP itself. Our new logo is straightforward and can easily be modified for each event every three years.”

The conference website is in development and further details will be announced as events progress. The central ICUP website is where interested parties can view all presentations from the previous conferences.

This will be the ninth in the series of ICUP conferences. The previous conferences have been held in Cambridge, England (1993), Edinburgh, Scotland (1996) Prague, Czech Republic (1999), Charleston, USA (2002), Singapore (2005) Budapest, Hungary (2008), Ouro Preto, Brazil (2011) and Zurich, Switzerland (2014).

Island Invasives Conference 2017

10 July 2017

Island Invasives Conference 2017
When: 10 - 14 July 2017

Where: University of Dundee, Scotland

Registration: register online here

From the event organisers:

This will be the third in a series of international conferences focussed on invasive alien species (IAS) on islands, their impact and management. It follows those held in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2001 and 2010. The Dundee conference will therefore be the first such meeting for seven years, and the first to be held in the northern hemisphere. In the context of this meeting, the definition of ‘island’ is broader than just a piece of land surrounded by water. Much the same problems and solutions apply to land surrounded by predator-proof fences, and to unfenced but isolated patches of habitat such as coral reefs.

This conference, hosted by the University of Dundee and the South Georgia Heritage Trust, will be a long-overdue gathering of the island invasives clan. It will build on the great success of the Auckland meetings, allow greater participation of people from Europe and North America, and bring together experts and those thirsty for knowledge in diverse fields covering the invaders and invaded. Since the last meeting in 2010, much has been learned about the damage caused by, and how to control or eradicate, an increasingly diverse range of invasive species. This will be an opportunity to share that knowledge, and to be inspired by what has been achieved by passionate and dedicated conservationists around the world.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

BES Symposium:

24 July 2017

BES Symposium:

When: 24 - 26 July 2017

Where: Durham

Registration: contact for more information

From the event organisers:

Charles Elton recognized that the breakdown of biogeographic barriers as a consequence of transport, trade and economic globalisation will lead to unprecedented movements of biotas among continents and oceans, resulting in increased rates of invasion by alien species. For well-studied taxa such as plants and vertebrates, we are only just beginning to understand the extent to which species are becoming distributed globally, and how much biotas are becoming similar. However, a global picture including less-studied taxonomic groups such as invertebrates and pathogens is lacking.

This timely, 2-day symposium in the historic and beautiful city of Durham will bring together invasion ecologists and macroecologists, working on many different taxonomic groups, to build a global synthesis of alien species distribution and richness. The symposium will explore the major drivers behind the mixing of the world’s biotas, and the consequences for conservation of biodiversity.

A broad range of engaging, international and UK-based invited speakers will present the current state of our knowledge of alien species macroecology, and attendees will be able to submit an abstract to present their own work in this field as an oral or poster presentation. A social dinner at the end of the first day in Durham Castle will be a highlight! Breakout workshops on the second day will provide the opportunity to synthesise, and to address important questions that will provide ways forward to understanding the macroecology of alien species.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Tim Blackburn (University College London, UK)
  • Yvonne Buckley (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Robert Colautti (Queen’s University, Canada)
  • Alison Dunn (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Ellie Dyer (Zoological Society of London, UK)
  • Jason Fridley (Syracuse University, USA)
  • Jonathan Jeschke (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Helen Roy (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK)
  • Dov Sax (Brown University, USA)
  • Hanno Seebens (BiK-F, Germany)
  • Montserrat Vila (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain)
  • Patrick Weigelt (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Isabella Capellini (University of Hull, UK)
  • Emili García-Berthou (University of Girona, Spain)

11th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference

25 September 2017

When: 25 - 29 September 2017

Where: Warsaw, Poland

Registration: for more information contact

From the event organisers:

Polish Forest Research Institute (IBL),Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) and The European Bison Friends Society (SMZ) are pleased to host the EVPMC11 -11th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference.

The biennial meeting is a forum for all involved in basic research in vertebrate biology and ecology, methodology and legislation and their application in wildlife management. Its focus is on Europe but participants and contributions from other regions of the world are welcome.

Symposia will be organized in the following broad topics:

  • Ecologically based pest management
  • Agricultural and silvicultural pest management
  • Urban pest management
  • Chemical control – methods and alternatives
  • Zoonoses and parasites
  • Invasive vertebrates
  • Human – animal social conflicts

Suggestions on specific symposia covering these topics are welcomed until 30 April 2017.

For more information contact

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