Organisers of ENDURE’s second international conference, Integrated Pest Management in Europe - The ENDURE Network of Excellence shares the fruits of four years’ research with the crop protection community, met in Berlin in September to put the finishing touches to the event’s busy schedule.
The event, which is being held at the Eurosites George V conference facility in Paris, France, on November 24 and 25, promises to be much more pro-active than a traditional conference. For example, participants will have lots of opportunities to try out ENDURE tools such as the ENDURE Information Centre, to examine new training material and to join ENDURE’s Network of Advisers, alongside the debates and workshops.
The conference will also provide important information for policy makers from European Member States. Policy makers across the continent have to draw up National Action Plans for the introduction of IPM by 2014 - an obligation for EU Member States under Directive 2009/128/EC (the 'sustainable use' directive). ENDURE has compared the strategies of different countries that have already begun to build their National Action Plans and will provide details of this work at the conference. ENDURE can also offer independent scientific expertise to policy makers through its Network of Experts.
The conference will provide farmers, advisers, policy makers, researchers and representatives of the farm supply chain and food retail sectors across Europe with the opportunity to better appreciate, critique, feed into and benefit from ENDURE’s research strategies and outputs. It will also provide a preview of, and help us improve, the permanent European Research Group that will maintain, update and enrich the resources made available by ENDURE.
In order to attract a large and varied range of visitors, no fees are being charged for the conference, though registration remains compulsory. To book your place and ensure you do not miss this opportunity, go to the conference website and register your details as soon as possible.
If you have colleagues who would benefit from attending, please do not hesitate to download the pdf below and send it to them. For updates on conference preparations, follow this site and check regularly on the conference website.