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Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species II

Plant Invaders: Friends, Enemies, and Interactions

AUGUST 6th, 7th & 8th 2014

Pre-conference registration and abstract submission are now closed, but it will be possible to register in person at the meeting on the mornings of Aug 7 and 8. We also will continue to consider late-breaking poster submissions: please e-mail abstracts to tips2@utoronto.ca; see our abstract submission page for details.



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The second Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species (TIPS II) meeting will be held at the University of Toronto Mississauga on 6 to 8 August 2014. We are inviting presentations on the ecology, evolution, impacts, and management of plants invading terrestrial systems in Ontario, Canada and surrounding areas.

The meeting will focus on plant invaders in an ecological context, with sessions highlighting their interactions with their physicochemical surroundings and with other biota (competitors, herbivores, microbes, biocontrol agents). Goals include: 1) disseminating up-to-date science on the ecology of invasive plants, 2) creating a milieu for sharing best practices among conservation agencies, park managers and others and 3) providing a forum for practitioners and scientists to meet and discuss priorities, emerging threats, and funding opportunities.

Participants will include university students, researchers, resource managers, and government representatives. An initial day will be devoted to registration, a reception, and pre-conference field trips, followed by two full days of presentations, including 20-minute contributed oral presentations, research posters, and networking sessions. Presentations will be organized thematically; we anticipate sessions devoted to management, biocontrol, impacts, ecological interactions, and related topics. Major support has been provided by the Invasive Species Centre and the University of Toronto.

Keynote Speakers:

Spencer Barrett, University of Toronto

Kirsten Prior, University of Florida


Symposium speakers:

Bernd Blossey - Cornell University

Rob Bourchier - Agriculture and AgriFood Canada

Richard Casagrande - University of Rhode Island

Luke Flory - University of Florida

John Gaskin - USDA-ARS

Hariet Hinz - CABI Europe Switzerland

Lindsey Milbrath - USDA–ARS

Richard Shaw - CABI Europe UK




The conference will take place at the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Instructional Centre Complex in Mississauga, ON. Maps & Directions can be found here. For more information visit www.utm.utoronto.ca.


Important deadlines:

20 June 2014:  Early bird registration ends; regular registration begins

20 June 2014:  Deadline for submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations

20 July 2014:  Deadline for pre-conference registration

6, 7 & 8 August 2014:  Meeting and on-site registration


Scientific Committee:

Peter Kotanen, University of Toronto Mississauga (lead organizer)    peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca
Sandy Smith, University of Toronto (St. George)                                 s.smith.a@utoronto.ca
Roberta Fulthorpe, University of Toronto Scarborough                      fulthorpe@utsc.utoronto.ca
Ben Gilbert, University of Toronto (St. George)                                   benjamin.gilbert@utoronto.ca
Marc Cadotte, University of Toronto Scarborough                             mcadotte@utsc.utoronto.ca
Pedro Antunes, Algoma University                                                     antunes@algomau.ca
Colin Cassin, University of Toronto Mississauga (student member)   colin.cassin@mail.utoronto.ca


Sponsor Information:

If you have questions concerning sponsorship or exhibiting at this conference, please contact Antonia Maughn antonia.maughn@utoronto.ca


(page updated 13 June 2014)



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