Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

INVASIVES 2021 full agenda now live

The INVASIVES 2021 Forum & AGM full agenda is live! Register today and join over 40 speakers and over 200 attendees from three continents. The content will cover exciting topics ranging from emerging research to early detection rapid response, combatting invasives using genetic technologies to protecting species at risk. Visit the INVASIVES 2021 event registration site to view the full agenda. 

The INVASIVES 2021 Virtual Forum is an exciting opportunity for non-profit organizations, government staff, Indigenous leaders, industry, stewardship groups, academics and more to network and share their knowledge and expertise about invasive species.  The event takes place over three half-days with a variety of formats and plenty of opportunities to network, all in one virtual venue. This year’s theme is Resilience.  

Forum speakers, topics and formats  

Our first keynote is from Prof. Dan Tompkins joining us from New Zealand to present Predator Free 2050 – New Zealand’s mission to eradicate key threats to biodiversity. Day one continues with a plenary session on Changing Climates, a series of dynamic Lightning Talks, and nine presenters will update us on New and Emerging Research in concurrent sessions.  

Day two continues with The Nature Conservancy’s Matt Miller presenting Communicating about invasive species in an era of information overload. The program continues with the Engaging the Public plenary session, which includes Dr. Iain Patterson from Rhodes University, South Africa who may surprise participants with the type of invasive plants they’re battling on the other side of the pond. Wednesday we will also learn important Early Detection Rappid Response updates from the province of British Columbia.  

Our final day includes updates from the federal and provincial governments, poster sessions and nine presenters on Management Practices. We end with the Emerging Issues plenary session which features three topics on our horizon (some nearer than others): Asian giant hornet, Chronic wasting disease and gene technology for crop pests. Read more in the virtual program.

Networking reinvented 

One of the top reasons for attending the Forum has been networking so we’re including eight dedicated networking sessions throughout the event. We have been working hard to recreate informal in-person networking as virtual networking opportunities.   

Throughout the event, in addition to a public chat stream, participants can search the attendee directoy and chat with fellow participants, either by typing or making a one-to-one video call. In the Networking sessions, all attendees can join themed networking rooms on specific topics which include “Meet the Speaker” rooms. Each session will have either to ten rooms where up to 16 participants can meet “on camera” with an additional nine attendees joining with audio.  

When registering for the INVASIVES 2021 Forum, you’ll be invited to suggest a networking theme of your choice and optionally host that room. We encourage you to take this opportunity and host a room on the theme of your choice, where you’ll be able to meet, hold discussions and network with attendees with shared interests. 

Register as an early bird and save 

Register by January 11 to benefit from early bird rates. We look forward to seeing you there! 

If you have any questions about the INVASIVES 2021 Forum, visit the professional events section or contact ISCBC’s Event Planner.