Friday, February 11, 2011

Call for Program Proposals for the 7th International IPM Symposium

"IPM on the World Stage—Solutions for Global Pest Challenges" is the theme of the 7th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 27–29, 2012 in Memphis Tennessee USA at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Symposium sessions will address Integrated Pest Management (IPM) across disciplines internationally, in the market place, agriculture, community settings, horticulture, and natural environments.

The program committee has organized the symposium around four themes: management, research, best practices, and outreach. You are invited to submit a proposal describing your program, activity, or research that addresses effective and efficient pest management. Visit for a description of symposium themes.

Session proposals must be submitted online at by April 29, 2011 for full consideration. Click on “Program” to find the online form.

• Sessions may be one (1) or two (2) hours in length.
• We are planning two types of session formats for the program.
o Mini-symposia should have a broad interest with estimated audiences of 75-100 people.
o Brainstorming sessions will likely be topic specific, attracting 20-30 attendees.
• Session abstracts should be limited to 250 words.
• Objectives and/or expected outcomes are limited to 50 words.

The number of each type of session will be limited, as will the number of accepted posters due to space constraints. The program planning committee will review all proposals and try to accommodate as many as possible.

As at past symposia, limited “Program Enhancement” funds for speaker support are anticipated. Preference will be given to speakers who would not normally attend the event. Details about requests for these funds will be made available after the proposals have been submitted.

A call for poster submissions will be announced later this year.

If you have questions regarding the format or development of the program, please contact program planning committee members: Margaret Appleby (or 613-475-5850); Dawn Gouge (or 520-381-2223); Lynnae Jess (or 517-432-1702); Norm Leppla (or 352-273-3951.

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