Island Invasives Conference, 2017
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. 10-14 July 2017
As you may know, the first two meetings in this series were held in New Zealand, the most recent in 2010, so the Dundee conference is not only the first in 7 years, but the first in the northern hemisphere. As such, it provides a unique opportunity for those of us in the fields of IAS impacts/management/eradication and based in Europe to get together under one roof with specialists and interested others from around the globe.
Understandably, most of the publicity for, and therefore public understanding of, IAS problems and solutions has focused on those parts of the world where the issues have long been recognised and tackled. News of European initiatives hits the headines rarely, yet as we all know the problems are as bad here as anywhere. The Dundee conference, and the media interest it develops, will therefore provide a valuable shop window for IAS work in Europe, and will hopefully allow governments, managers and funders to realise that good work is being done here, that the capacity is available to do much more, and that the need has never been greater or more urgent.
The conference venue is large, and rooms are available for smaller meetings, symposia, discussions etc. If you would like to take advantage of this, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
The deadline for Abstract submission is 28 February 2017, and the full conference programme will be published by no later than April. Please do circulate news of the meeting to anyone who you think may be interested in attending.
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Alison Neil, Executive Committee and Tony Martin, Programme Chair, Island Invasives conference 2017