27th IWGO Conference

Hotel Bellevue Terminus, Engelberg, Switzerland
Monday 14 October to Wednesday 16 October 2019

Excursion on Thursday 17 October 2019
(Proposed arrival: Sunday 13 October 2019; proposed departure: Friday 18 October 2019)

The 27th IWGO Conference will be held in Engelberg, Switzerland, from 14-16 October 2019. The conference will open with a welcome reception on Sunday evening 13 October, and will end with an optional field trip on Thursday 17 October. The conference itself will be organized as 10 to 12 Scientific Sessions of 5 talks each, focused on a topic relevant to management of insect pests of maize, including their microbial and microbial biological control agents. Topics will cover current research on fundamental aspects of the ecology, behavior, genetics, and biology of insect pests of maize, as well as development of environmentally low-impact management strategies. A poster session will round out the research presentations. Major pests of interest in recent years include European corn borer and western corn rootworm among many others.

IWGO has always been quick to respond to major new pests of maize as a platform for international information exchange and for fostering synergistic collaborations. The latest urgent issue is the introduction of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, to Africa. This migratory insect has rapidly invaded most maize growing regions throughout the continent, causing widespread destruction of maize and other crops and corresponding economic distress. It has now established in India as well, raising the specter of invasion of much of Asia. We will devote at least 3 Scientific Sessions in Engelberg to fall armyworm and the prospects for managing it under the agronomic and economic conditions in its newly invaded range.

We are soliciting ideas for Session topics, potential speakers, and volunteers to organize or co-organize Sessions at the 27th IWGO Conference. We strive for geographic and gender balance, and particularly encourage female scientists to actively participate as Session organizers and presenters. Session subjects should be conceptual and present up-to-date research themes, and if possible should be relevant beyond a specific region. All are welcome to contact the IWGO Convenor or Co-Convenors by 24 January with proposals for Session topics and/or to indicate your willingness to participate as a Session organizer.

IWGO Convenors:

Ulli Kuhlmann
Convenor IWGO
Delémont, Switzerland
Tom Sappington
Co-Convenor IWGO
Ames, IA 50014; Iowa
Prof. Wang Zhenying
Co-Convenor IWGO
Institute of Plant Protection, CAAS
No.2 West Yuanmingyuan Road
Beijing 100193, China