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-National Research Institute, 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.

{**Abstract submission is now closed.**} 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. 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.

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.

{**Application process is now closed.**} Student Travel Support: We recognize the challenges that IPRRG student members sometimes face in securing funds to attend our annual meetings.  This year, we are pleased to be able to provide financial support for a number of students to join us in Poznań. This opportunity was made possible through partnerships with co-host and sponsor organizations. Although the total amount of the available support hasn’t been finalized, we expect to at least be able to cover the meeting registration costs of multiple students.

Any undergraduate or graduate student who is a registered member of IPRRG is eligible to apply for travel support. To apply for support, the student will need to complete a brief online application form. Students must log in to the IPRRG website to access the submission form. We will be reviewing applications at the beginning of July, so please submit your application by 30 June 2019.

Programme and Abstracts: *NEW!* The final version of the programme booklet is available here. The booklet contains the agenda as well as abstracts for the oral and poster presentations. If you notice any errors, please let us know. We can’t correct errors before the meeting (already printed) but can make changes to the version that will be posted eventually on the IPRRG 2019 archive page.

{**Online registration is now closed.**}Meeting Registration: Online registration for IPRRG 2019 is still open! The “early bird” registration period ended 16 August, but late registration will be open through Friday 30 August 2019. A late registration fee of 430AUD (approximately €262 / 290 USD) for regular members cover expenses including a group dinner, lunches and coffee/tea service during the meeting and a technical excursion. Students are eligible for a discounted late registration fee of 400 AUD (approximately €244 /270 USD).

Venue and Accommodations: The meeting will be held at the IOR Hotel and Conference Center (affiliated with the IPP-NRI). We reserved a large block of guest rooms for the week of the meeting. If you registered by the 16 August deadline, you don’t need to make your own reservation — we collected information about the length of your stay when you registered for the meeting (see above). If you’re registering after 16 August, you’ll need to contact the IOR Hotel directly to see if they have any more rooms available (at non-block rates). 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 Arrangements: *NEW!* A helpful travel guide for attendees (local transport options, expected weather, etc.) is available here. 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.

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.