Events: Conferences, Meetings and Activities

(last update: 20.09.2018)
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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)

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Training Workshop:
Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network


23-27 October 2018, Beijing, China

Training Workshop:
Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network
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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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 ( or Michelle Boyle (

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9th International Workshop on Biological Control and Management of Eupatorieae and other Invasive Weeds

5 – 8 March 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

9th International Workshop on Management of Eupatorieae and other Invasive Weeds, 5 – 8 March 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This workshop is organised under the auspices of the International Organisation of Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC) and CABI Southeast Asia. The first workshop was held in 1988 to facilitate the management and biological control of Chromolaena odorata in resource-poor tropical and sub-tropical countries.
In 2003, the scope of the workshop was expanded to include closely related species such as Mikania micrantha, while retaining an emphasis on the tropics. Malaysia has been selected as the host country for this 9th workshop, the first to be held in Southeast Asia.
The tribe Eupatorieae, which includes Chromolaena odorata and Mikania micrantha are widespread in Southeast Asia and have significant economic impacts to agriculture, the environment and livelihoods. The entire region has been shown to be highly climatically suitable for the weeds.
Other species of invasive alien plants for which there are good biological control agents available and which could be included in this workshop if the interest exists, include Salvinia molesta, Pistia stratiotes and Parthenium hysterophorus.

Programme and more information:

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IOBC-Global Working Group meeting:
14th International Symposium Ecology of Aphidophaga

16-20 September 2019, Montreal (Quebec), Canada.
14th International Symposium Ecology of Aphidophaga, 16-20 September 2019, Montreal (Quebec), Canada.

It will be 20 years since the last Aphidophaga was held in the province of Quebec in Canada and we are grateful to the Scientific Committee of Aphidophaga and the International Organization of Biological Control (IOBC) for choosing Montreal as the venue for the 14th Symposium. We are also grateful to the IOBC for supporting the meeting.
We look forward to welcoming you to Montreal in 2019 for Aphidophaga 14.
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Events of other IOBC Regions:

IOBC-Global and West Palaearctic Regional Section, IOBC-WPRS:

Nearctic Regional Section, IOBC-NRS:

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