Oct 6-7, 2021

2021 Invasive Species Research Conference – Turning Science into Action

The Invasive Species Council of BC is pleased to host the 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference–Turning Science into Action, October 6-7, 2021.

The 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference will take place virutally in an online event portal. Learn about current and published research from over 40 presenters in a variety of themed sessions. The event will also facilitate connections between invasive species researchers and practitioners in the Pacific Northwest.

Conference Background

The Invasive Species Council of BC convened the first Invasive Plant Research Conference in 2011. The Research Conference was deemed successful for both academic researchers and practitioners by linking science with operations.  Based on the 2011 Research Conference, the BC Research Road Map was created to identify the future needs and priorities for invasive plant research relevant to BC. 

To build upon this work, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Invasive Species Council of BC co-hosted the 2017 Invasive Species Research Conference which took place June 20-22, 2017 in Kamloops, BC.  

The 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference takes place virtually, over two half days, October 6-7, 2021.

Conference Program

The 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference will take place on an interactive virtual event portal over two half days. The program includes two keynote speakers, a series of concurrent themed oral presentation sessions, a workshop, poster sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. Recordings of all presentations will be accessible by attendees following the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Invasive species researchers and practitioners from across the Pacific Northwest will be invited to participate and to submit scientific research abstracts for presentations at the Invasive Species Research Conference. All those working or interested in invasive species research in the region are encouraged to attend.


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are being accepted from April 15-May 31, 2021.


  • Call for Abstracts open: April 15-May 31, 2021
  • Registration opens with early bird rates: May 1, 2021
  • Abstract review period: June 1-30, 2021
  • Presenters confirmed: July 1-15, 2021
  • Early bird rates end: August 1, 2021
  • Live Conference: October 6-7, 2021
  • Access to recordings: October 8, 2021-April 14, 2022

Get Social

Follow and interact with the Invasive Species Research Conference on social media using the hashtag #InvSpRes

We invite invasive species researchers and practitioners, working on any taxonomic group, across the Pacific Northwest and beyond to participate and share their findings at the 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference.

Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts is open April 15-May 31, 2021

Abstracts may be submitted for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Authors should carefully edit their abstracts and related resources before submission. The conference organizers will not be responsible for editing abstracts.

Abstract Instructions

  • Title: Submit the title exactly as it will appear in the program.
  • Authors: list additional authors, including affiliation, in the “Co-Authors” fields.
  • Body of abstract: Body of abstract should not exceed 300 words, be a single paragraph and provide a brief description of the project, methods, results, and conclusions as appropriate to the topic.
  • Names of organisms: All organisms must be listed first by their common name with scientific names in parentheses. Subsequent references can be by common name.
  • Names and application rates of pesticides: When referring to pesticides, initial reference should be to their active ingredients (e.g., in Herbicide Handbook, Weed Science Society of America). Trade names can be used subsequently. Rates and units of measurement should be clear.
  • Numbers and units: Use either Imperial or metric units, but do not mix them.
  • Biographical sketch: Please provide a brief biographical sketch (bio) 200 words or less that outlines the presenter’s expertise relative to the presentation. Bios will be provided to conference attendees.
  • Photo: When submitting an abstract please be prepared to provide a suitable photograph of the submitting author for use in the conference program and website. Size of photo is recommended to be at least 200 KB (to be print quality).
  • Submission deadline: May 31, 2021.
  • Review timelines: June 1-July 1, 2021.
  • Presenter confirmation: July 1-15, 2021.

Authors of accepted abstracts are responsible for registration fees (at presenter rate).

Guidelines for Presentations

All presenters are required to attend a virtual orientation and test-drive of the event platform in advance of the Conference.

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentation length may range from 10 to 20 minutes long with additional time for questions and answers unless otherwise instructed by conference organizers.
  • Upon acceptance of abstracts, authors will be notified of the exact duration of their presentation.
  • Presenters may be invited to participate in a panel as part of their themed session.
  • Presenters will be expected to display their slides by sharing their screen and, for back-up, presenters will be instructed on how to submit their presentation files to the organizer before the Conference.
  • Font size on slide decks must not be not less than 20 where possible.
  • Presentation files will not be shared without author permission.

Poster Presentations

  • Posters will be on display during the Conference day one and day two.
  • A dedicated Poster Session will be held on day one and authors are expected to be in virtual attendance at their posters during this session to “stand by their poster”, discuss the content and answer any questions.
  • Poster dimensions are flexible as they will be presented virtually using screen sharing.


  • All presenters including of posters will have the opportunity to practice in the virtual event portal in advance of the Conference.
  • Event staff will be ready to assist and troubleshoot during the event.


For questions on abstract submission or presentation guidelines: Contact Nick at projects@bcinvasives.ca.

Follow and interact with the Invasive Species Research Conference on social media using the hashtag #InvSpRes

The Invasive Species Research Conference will feature two keynote speakers in addition to over 40 presentations.

Dr. Laura Meyerson

Our day one keynote address will be presented by Dr. Laura Meyerson, a Professor at the University of Rhode Island, and Director of the Restoration Ecology minor and the Environmental Science minor. She is the Associate Editor-in-Chief for Biological Invasions and an Associate Editor for Neobiota. She is an international Science advisor for the Center for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is currently leading a chapter on trends in biological invasions for the forthcoming IPBES report on invasive species, As a post-doc, Dr. Meyerson was an AAAS Fellow with the US EPA and NISC working on biosecurity, and a research scientist at the Smithsonian where she worked with the Global Invasive Species Program on two global assessments for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Meyerson earned her doctorate in 2000 from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

The full Conference program will be available following July 15, 2021.

Promote your organization to an engaged audience and demonstrate your commitment to healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species as a sponsor of the 2021 Invasive Species Research Conference-Turning Science into Action! Read about the Conference and the related opportunities in the Sponsorship Package and contact Lindsay at ISCBC to learn more.

Thank you to all sponsors of the 2017 Invasive Species Research Conference: