IPRRG 2019


2019 Annual Meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group

Globalization and pest invasions: emerging risks and vulnerabilities

3-6 September 2019

Poznań, Poland

Hosted by the Institute of Plant Protection, Poland,

in conjunction with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

Old Market Square (Stary Rynek), Poznań

The International Pest Risk Research Group (IPRRG) will be hosting its 2019 annual meeting in association with the Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute (IPP-NRI), Poland and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) from Tuesday 3rd September to Friday 6th September 2019 in Poznań, Poland. Globalization intensifies the trade and movement of agricultural and forestry products. Increasing levels of international trade and transport have shown dramatic effects on the spread of invasive alien pests beyond their native distribution ranges, making the protection of national borders against new pest invasions increasingly difficult. The economic developments caused by globalization will, in turn, change pathways and alter invasive species risk patterns. This year we wish to focus attention on this shifting risk landscape to better understand and prepare for the emerging challenges in a new, more connected economic environment.

Call for Abstracts: Oral and poster presentations are invited on all aspects of pest* risk research. Presentations on the meeting theme are particularly welcomed but those describing advances in modelling and mapping risks (e.g. pathway analysis, species distribution modelling, spread modelling, uncertainty analysis, climate change impacts and vector-borne disease risk), impact assessment, and communicating risks to policy makers are also welcome. University students are encouraged to participate fully.

Abstracts (≤250 words) should be submitted by 16 June 2019 (*extended two weeks*) at https://pestrisk.org/submit-abstract-iprrg-2019/. To submit an abstract, you must first join IPRRG (this is free). Members must log in to the IPRRG website to access the submission form.

Submit abstract now!

In addition to technical presentations and discussions, time is allotted for professional networking and collaborative work on group projects designed to catalyze the development of research methodologies and international training materials that demonstrate approaches for modelling the spatio-temporal variation in pest risk.

Meeting Registration: Online registration will be open soon! A registration fee of about 330AUD (approximately €205 / 230 USD) will be charged to cover expenses such as a group dinner, refreshments during the meeting and a technical excursion. Students are eligible for a discounted registration fee of about 300 AUD (approximately €185 /208 USD).

Venue and Accommodations: The meeting will be held at the IOR Hotel and Conference Center (affiliated with the IPP-NRI). We have already reserved a large block of guest rooms for the week of the meeting. Because the rooms have been booked by us, you don’t need to make your own reservation — we will collect information about the length of your stay when you register for the meeting (see above). However, for your travel planning purposes, single rooms are about €50 (approximately 56 USD / 81 AUD) per night and double rooms are about €62.50 (approximately 70 USD / 101 AUD). Here are a few other hotel options in Poznań if that should prove necessary:

Hotel Mercure Poznań Centrum

Sheraton Poznań Hotel

Hotel Novotel Poznań Centrum

Travel Arrangments: Poznań is easily accessible by air and rail. The best way to get from the Poznań airport to the hotel is by taxi, which will cost about 5-8€ (approximately 6-9USD / 8-13 AUD). To get from the train station to the hotel, you can take Tram No. 6 (maximum price = 1€) or a taxi (5-8€ / 6-9 USD / 8-13 AUD).

Visa Requirements: Since 2007, Poland has been part of the Schengen Area, which allows visitors from many European countries to enter Poland without a visa if staying less than 90 days. Citizens of many other countries (e.g., United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan) may also enter Poland without a visa for visits of less than 90 days. Please visit here to learn more about your visa requirements.

CHECK BACK REGULARLY – we will update this page with more information as we get closer to the meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Poznań!

Panoramic view of Poznań, from the city’s eastern suburbs

*Pests include any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal, or pathogenic agent, injurious to plants or plant products.