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ISLAND INVASIVES CONFERENCE 2017 (PROPOSAL DEADLINE TOMORROW)

Island Invasives Conference, 2017 (www.islandinvasives2017.com)

This conference, hosted by the University of Dundee and the South Georgia Heritage Trust, will be the next in the series of IUCN Island Invasives events and a long-overdue gathering of the island invasives clan. 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 headlines 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 deadline for Abstract submission is 28 February 2017, and the full conference programme will be published by no later than April. Early bird registration is available until the end of April. Register now at https://www.registerforevent.co.uk/islandinvasives2017/

Please do circulate news of the meeting to anyone who you think may be interested in attending.

If you’d like to receive regular conference news and updates, please contact marie.shafi@sght.org to be added to the conference mailing list. You can also get conference news by following @islandinvasives on Twitter.

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