The International IPM Symposium is your premier global event for presenting and learning about the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture, communities, and natural areas. The symposium is an outstanding networking and professional development event. In 2021, we will organize around an important theme, Implementing IPM across Borders and Disciplines.
 
Participants will enjoy the very best activities of previous symposia including concurrent presentation sessions, posters, student poster competition, awards, exhibits, and plenty of opportunities to meet with cooperators and potential collaborators. Sessions will address IPM across disciplines, internationally, both academically and in the market place, in both agricultural and non-ag settings.
 
Past symposia have featured but were not limited to sessions on agronomic, fruit, vegetable, specialty crops, structural, med/vet, and vector/public health; IPM communication and networking; new tools in pest management; housing, school and landscape IPM; and a range of other IPM specializations. Past participants at IPM Symposium events have included research, Extension, and teaching academics, IPM-oriented students, private and government scientists, industry representatives, independent consultants, NGO professionals, policy makers and agency administrators, and IPM practitioners from the U.S. and more than 30 countries.
 
Each event builds on investments in the next generation of IPM professionals as we expand student-oriented and early professional opportunities. Student competition and networking opportunities provide critically important exposure to science-based solutions to emerging and ongoing pest challenges.
 
The call for session proposals will be opening soon. Watch your email for the announcement. Proposals are encouraged that address the conference theme, and emphasize IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, such as those of growers, facility managers, and consultants.
 
Start thinking of nominees for the IPM Achievement Awards, given to recognize outstanding achievement in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance. New this year will be the IPM Practitioner-Non-Academic category. Online nomination forms for all categories (Lifetime Achievement; IPM Practitioner (Academic and Non-Academic; IPM Team/Group; Graduate Student) will be available later this spring.
 
Corporations, agencies and other organizations with interests in IPM are invited to be a part of the 10th Symposium. Your support is critical to the networking and collaboration this event facilitates, advancing IPM across disciplines, institutes and boundaries. All sponsors will be listed prominently on the Symposium's website, Facebook page, program booklet and event signage. Visit ipmsymposium.org/2021/sponsors_exhibitors or contact Michelle Marquart at mmarqua2@illinois.edu for more information.
 
Bookmark the symposium website (ipmsymposium.org), and check it regularly for updates.