Tuesday June 20, 2017 - Thursday June 22, 2017

Invasive Species Research Conference

Help shape the future of invasive species research in BC & Western Canada!

The Invasive Species Research Conference takes place in sunny Kamloops, BC, June 20 - 21, 2017, with optional field trips on June 22, 2017.

WHY ATTEND? The Invasive Species Research Conference will bring together scientific researchers and practitioners from across Western Canada to collaborate and share knowledge, ideas, invasive species research techniques and results. This Conference features two renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Daniel Simberloff & Dr. Anthony Ricciardi; concurrent themed sessions with over 40 presentations and lightning talks; networking; poster presentations; a facilitated workshop on future research priorities for Western Canada.  Also, don’t miss the fun and informative optional field trips and there's even an optional winery tour complete with tastings and al fresco dinner on June 21st. The full draft Invasive Species Research Conference agenda is available to view online here

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Invasive species researchers and practitioners from across Western Canada and beyond.

ISNT THIS JUST FOR RESEARCHERS? No... all invasive species stakeholders will find this event of great value. In addition to featuring presentations of current invasive species research from Western Canada and beyond, we will be taking a look at what additional research is needed and how to put plans into action. Input will be gathered from all attendees on future invasive species research needs in Western Canada. Join the conversation!

WHY BUSINESSES SHOULD ATTEND: Throughout the Conference there will be a big focus on collaboration and partnerships. Together we will identify the gaps in current research as well as take input on future research prioirities. Researchers and businesses will make connections that can lead to exciting opportunites and potential funding. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will be presenting on partnership grants which are available to eligible academic and business researchers and which assist in bridging funded research partnerships (other parties may participate, without receiving funding). NSERC is a Government of Canada agency that provides grants for research in natural sciences and engineering. A facilitated workshop will look at research priorities and what more needs to be done to facilitate funded research partnerships between companies and researchers. Don't miss this opportunity to network, make connections and partnerships for your future invasive species research projects.   To learn more about NSERC partnership funding for companies and researchers, join the webinar  "Innovate with NSERC Research Partnership Grants" on June 7th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm PDT.



Renowned Keynote Speakers

TRU and ISCBC are excited to announce two internationally renowned keynote speakers at the Invasive Species Research Conference:


Dr. Daniel SImberloff image

Dr. Anthony Ricciardi


Dr. Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee. His publications number ca. 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology; much of his research focuses on causes and consequences of biological invasions. His research projects are on insects, plants, fungi, birds, and mammals.
Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is a professor of biology in the Redpath Museum and the School of Environment at McGill University, and a McGill Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy.  For over 20 years, his research has examined the causes and consequences of biological invasions using field experiments, lab experiments, empirical modeling and meta-analysis.



Over 40 Confirmed Presenters from UK, USA and Canada

Choose which presentations to attend from a variety of concurrent presentations, topics and speakers.

Broad Range of Topics

Presentations are grouped under the following themes:

  • Environmental DNA and the Detection of Invasive Species
  • Ecological Restoration Following Invasion
  • Social Aspects of Invasion
  • New Approaches to Invasive Species Management
  • Risk Assessment of Invasive Species
  • Tracking Invaders: Where are they?
  • From Just Taking up Space to an Invasive Meltdown

After each session of themed presentations, we will be asking for your input on what more research is needed on this area.


Conference Field Trips Filling Up Fast!

On June 20, join the night time bat field trip just outside Kamloops, led by a team of bat experts. During June 22 field tour we will visit Lac Du Bois and discuss the grassland community types as well as water conservation and utilization issues. Next we will head to Kenna Cartwright Park to look at 'management in action'. These efforts include tree canopy thinning, biocontrol, goats, and fire. There is just a handful of places left on the field trips. If they fill up, be sure to add your name to the waitlist.


Student Discounted Rates Available

To encourage participation, we've kept the conference rates as low as we possibly could. Registration covers lunches, refreshment breaks and the nibble & network if attending on June 20th:

  • The full two day conference rate is $275 + GST
  • One day attendance is available for $175 + GST 
  • Students benefit from a discount and can register for the full two day conference for $175 + GST or attend for one day for $95 + GST.




Submit Your Poster Abstract by May 31!

Abstracts of invasive species research posters are being accepted until May 31, 2017. If you are working on a project or research that's not quite ready, why not present your findings to date? Submit your abstract online today for the chance to represent your invasive species work at the Nibble & Network Poster session on June 20th. For any inquiries into abstracts, please reply to this email. 



Provide YOUR input through the Invasive Species Research Survey - by June 14th!

In advance of the Invasive Species Research Confernece, we are collating input on invasive species research priorities in Western Canada via a short online survey. Your input in this survey will help in the development of future invasive species research priorities for BC and Western Canada. Six priority areas for invasive species research were identified at the Invasive Plant Research Conference, hosted by the Invasive Species Council of BC in 2011. This survey revisits those areas and asks for your input. Take 2-5 minutes to complete the survey and ensure your input is included.



Join June 7 Webinar about Research Grants

NSERC is Canada’s largest federal agency that supports research in the natural sciences and engineering, with an annual budget of $1.2 Billion. NSERC’s Research Partnership grants are specifically designed to bring companies and academic researchers together to solve the company’s technical challenges and create long-term collaborations. The main mechanism to initiate those collaborations is NSERC’s Engage Grant, which has supported over 7,500 projects worth approximately $185 Million. Also, the NSERC Experience Grant helps support the cost of undergraduate interns working at companies. Join Pam GIberson from NSERC in this lunchtime webinar on June 7th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT.  Having worked in academia, industry, and government Pam understands the unique aspects of each of those sectors and can help you understand how you can participate!



Thank you again for your support and interest in reducing the impacts of invasive species to British Columbia.




Gail Wallin

Invasive Species Council of BC 


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