Plenary Speakers Announced for 2015 IPM Symposium

The symposium planning committee is pleased to announce the line-up of plenary speakers for the 8th International IPM Symposium – http://ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15 – to be held March 23-26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah USA:

-Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S Environmental Protection Agency

-Marc L. Lame, Clinical Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Director of their Masters of Science Environmental Science Program

-Mark Gregory Robson, Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs and Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health

-Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

-David R. Shaw, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Mississippi State University

New this year

Two optional pre- and post-symposium sessions are being offered this year – make your travel plans so you can participate:

  • “Novel Applications of Geo-Technologies in Agriculture and Non-Agriculture IPM Decision Support”
 The workshop will examine three current projects that use spatial mapping applications to serve integrated pest management needs. To be held on Monday afternoon, 3:00-6:00 PM.
  • “Evaluation and Assessment of IPM Programs” 
Researchers and extension scientists/specialists are required to measure impact on their programs, their research and/or both.  However, evaluation methodologies’ using the social sciences is not as easy to interpret.  To be successful in preparing proposals, obtaining funding and conducting biological studies requires impact assessment. This professional development session will cover some of the basics as well as some of the newer methods of assessment.  To be held Friday morning, 8:00 AM-noon.

International IPM Achievement Awards

Be thinking of individuals, organizations, or companies practicing in agricultural, urban and natural settings and worthy of recognition for implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) and innovative approaches to reduced-risk pest management. The nomination application is open – go to the IPM Achievements Awards page on the website – http://ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15/awards.html for more instructions and a link to the online application form. Deadline is December 1, 2014.

Posters

A call for poster presentation abstracts will be sent shortly.

Sponsors, Contributors and Exhibitors

Corporations, agencies and other organizations with interests in IPM are invited to provide financial support to the Symposium. Your support is critical to the networking and collaboration this event facilitates, increasing IPM adoption and benefits to health, economics, and the environment.  For more information, contact Elaine Wolff at wolff1@illinois.edu.

Special Invitation for Regional Meetings, IPM-Related Programs, and Informal Conferences

To save travel costs, take advantage of the opportunity to schedule meetings for your group or organization before the symposium on Sunday, March 22 or Monday, March 23 or after the symposium on March 27.  Facilities have been reserved to accommodate such meetings.  Several groups have already asked for space.

Meeting rooms are also available in the evenings during the event for informal conferences.

To reserve space for your group, please send an e-mail to wolff1@illinois.edu by November 1, 2014.  Please include the name of the group, date and time desired, anticipated number of attendees, and preferred meeting room setup.  For informal conferences, please include a brief proposal along with your request that will be reviewed by the program planning committee.  The room rental fees will be covered by the IPM Symposium.  Any food or audio-visual costs will be the responsibility of the meeting group.

There is a limited amount of space, so space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Join us to celebrate and realize the theme, “IPM-Solutions for a Changing World.” Stay informed by liking our Facebook page.

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