A conference in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Conference: July 4–5, 2013, Sintesa Peninsula Hotel
Field trips: July 6–7, 2013
Cost: $150 (overseas participants) | $75 (overseas students, sponsors, Indonesian participants) | $25 (Indonesian students)
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Paper and symposium prospoal submission and registration will be available in December.
In the meantime, stay in touch. Click here to provide your contact information. We will send you the latest conference updates, details, field trips, speakers, and more.
Crested Black Macaque, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Photo: Merle Shepard
Balancing biodiversity preservation with food production presents a challenge. If we are to survive as a species, food production is paramount. But the gradual destruction of forests, watersheds, and other natural habitats in order to produce that food could lead to the eventual demise of our natural resource wealth. Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an ecological approach to suppressing pest species, employs tactics that cause the least ecological disruption. There is a need and urgency for proponents of IPM and biodiversity to work together, but they have rarely been considered as partners for a sustainable future. This conference aims to bridge this divide by bringing together these two key groups.
The conference site, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, has long been appreciated for its great biodiversity. Alfred Russel Wallace, the famed 19th century British naturalist, spent considerable time in this region, collecting various kinds of insects and birds throughout the island of Sulawesi, and 2013 represents the 100th anniversary of his death. Many of his ideas on evolution and natural selection, which paralleled those of Charles Darwin, were crystallized from his observations of high speciation in this area.
Release of biocontrol agents, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Photo: Merle Shepard
M. S. Swaminathan — UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai (Madras), India; first World Food Prize laureate
Tony Whitten — Fauna and Flora International; University of Cambridge
Hotels | Registration | Field trips
The conference will be held at the Sintesa Peninsula Hotel in Manado. Discounted rates will be available at nearby hotels, all of which are walking distance from the conference site.
The registration cost includes snacks and lunch, transportation to/from the airport, and field trips. If you will be accompanied to the conference for meals by a non-participant, we kindly ask that you register that person at the $75 rate.
While we are still organizing, we anticipate having field trips available to the following places: Tankoko Reserved Forest, a highland trip to Tomohom and around Lake Tondano, Bunaken coral reef, and Lembeh coral reef. Participants will likely be able to choose one field trip on each of the field trip days.
If you have general questions about the conference, you can get in touch with us via this online form or by sending us an email. You are also welcome to contact one of the individual organizers (below).
B. Merle Shepard (Clemson), Dantje Sembel (Sam Ratulangi University), and R. Muniappan (Virginia Tech/IPM CRSP)
Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP)
Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP)
International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS)
Sam Ratulangi University
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