Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for program sessions with an organizer and several presenters, as well as for individual presentations. Program sessions will run concurrently with others. Program session formats can include multiple-speaker sessions, roundtable discussion, question-and-answer, lightning talks, and other innovative formats on specific topics.


Sessions or individual presentations can address any aspect of IPM, such as research, Extension, regulatory actions, policy and IPM in practice. 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.


Submissions should include the title, proposed speaker(s), and a 250-word abstract.


The deadline to edit an existing proposal, or submit a new proposal, is May 7, 2021.




The program committee has identified the following sub-themes, which will be featured in the keynote session as well as in specific program sessions:

  • Global Challenges: international work across borders
  • Fresh from the Field: new technologies, on-the-ground work from the field
  • IPM Across Disciplines: public image, adoption of IPM, education, risk communication
  • Beyond the Field and Into the Community: community, urban, structural IPM, built environments, master gardeners


Program sessions will be scheduled in ninety-minute time blocks.


The sessions will be organized into the following tracks:

  • Communication and Program Analysis
  • Forestry/Natural Landscapes/Turf & Sod/Rangeland/Livestock/Pastures
  • Horticulture Crops (Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts)
  • Overarching/Cross-Disciplinary
  • Row/Field Crops (Soybean, Corn, Canola, Pulses, Cereals, Industrial Hemp, etc.)
  • Specialty Crops (Nursery, Greenhouse, Hydroponic, Ornamental)
  • Urban/Structural/Landscape/School IPM/Public Health/Veterinary


Possible topics/emerging themes for sessions might include (but not limited to) the following:

  • IPM practices/technologies in the agriculture sector
    • IPM in various agricultural systems/crops
    • IPM alternatives to fumigants
    • Biocontrol
    • Surveillance /Monitoring
    • Decision making tools
  • Climate change and the environmental impact
    • New pests and challenging problems
    • Pest expansions in new geographic areas
    • New invasive species (plants, insects, and other organisms)
    • Vertebrate pest issues
  • Pesticide management/regulation/stewardship  
    • Pesticide misuse/pesticide residue persistence
    • Pesticide safety
    • Resistance management (i.e. risk of pests becoming resistant to control products; or resistant crop cultivars loosing their key attributes)  
  • Structural pest management issues
    • Mental health issues surrounding urban pests (e.g. bed bugs, cockroaches)
    • Pesticide misuse/residue persistence in low-income housing
    • Effect of cockroach or mouse control on asthma outcomes
  • Training IPM practitioners / learning opportunities from others
    • Recruiting/educating the next generation of IPM deliverers
    • Successful national policies/strategies from other countries
  • New crops
    • Hemp production and IPM
    • Carinata and IPM
  • New Technologies
    • Drones to spray pesticides/biopesticides  
    • RNAi
    • Bee vectoring to disperse biocontrol agents/biopesticides
    • Mobile Apps
  • Outreach & Communication
    • Communicating New Tools in Pest Management
    • Communicating benefits of IPM / Selling IPM to growers
    • Communicating IPM in social media


The Program Committee will make selections from submitted proposals and notify submitters of their decision by September 2020. The committee may request that submitters of similar proposal topics work together to consolidate proposals.


As at past Symposia, limited “Program Enhancement” funds for presenter support may be available. However, funds requested and granted, may be used only for registration and travel expenses to support invited presenters from outside the “regular IPM Community”. This includes presenters without specific IPM-related sponsorship such as growers, certified crop consultants, students, non-governmental agency personnel and non-university educators. Applications for these funds will be made available after the session proposals have been reviewed.