IPRRG Webinar Series

Because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we haven’t enjoyed many chances to engage as a group. Perhaps most notably, we had to postpone our Annual Meeting that we intended to hold in Nairobi this past September. Although virtual events aren’t a perfect replacement for in-person engagement, they are still a useful way to share and communicate ideas. So, we are pleased to announce the IPRRG Webinar Series, which kicks off near the end of January 2021! The first presentation will be by IPRRG Chair Darren Kriticos:

A web-based database of pest risk models

Pest risk models have become key instruments in global biosecurity, helping to identify areas at risk of invasion by harmful alien organisms. The ability to discover and access pre-existing models is critical to ensure that the global biosecurity system operates efficiently and effectively. The development of pest risk modelling methods, particularly in a geographical context, has centred on collaborations between scientific researchers and pest risk management agencies. Most early pest risk models (and maps) were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, which provided a degree of quality assurance and discoverability, at least in academic circles.  As the technology has matured and some biosecurity agencies have built in-house pest risk modelling capability, it is likely that a large share of recent modelling efforts have gone unpublished or ended up in “grey” literature, where they are far less accessible and discoverable. Undoubtedly, this can lead to global inefficiency as models are recreated for the same species. Most of these risk models are based on bioclimatic models, and most of them are global, or can be applied globally. Consequently, while they may be developed with the intention of identifying the risks in one region, they may be valuable for identifying risks to other jurisdictions.  This offers the potential for developed models to be used by biosecurity agencies that may not have the resources to develop their own models. To tackle these issues, IPRRG has developed an online database of pest risk models. The database is intended to support crowdsourcing of entries.  In this presentation, Darren explains the motivation to develop the database, demonstrates its operation and comments on the value of the platform for PRA praxis, and outlines some ongoing issues.


We’re webcasting Darren’s presentation (and future presentations) with the help of CSIRO Information Management & Technology.

IPRRG Seminar series 1: IPRRG Pest risk model database

STARTS: Jan 28, 2021 8:00 AM ENDS: Jan 28, 2021 9:00 AM AEDT

(Jan 27, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST US/CAN; Jan 27, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM UK; Jan 27, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM CET)

WEBCAST LINK: https://webcast.csiro.au/#/webcasts/iprrg1

Anyone can access the webcast using this link (i.e., you don’t have to be a registered IPRRG member to attend the webinar). In addition, the webcast will be recorded and posted to IPRRG’s YouTube channel. Details about accessing this and other future recordings will be posted to this page later.

We plan to have additional webinars monthly for at least the next several months. The time slots for each webinar will vary to best accommodate the speakers. As we solidify the slate of upcoming presenters, we will post details to this page in the coming weeks.

We are excited to provide this opportunity to the pest risk community! Please feel free to share the news (and the URL for this page) widely. Our goal is have a large audience for each of our presenters, starting with Darren.

If you have any questions or are interested in presenting your own webinar, please contact Frank Koch, IPRRG Communications Officer (frank.h.koch “AT” usda.gov).