Each year, NAISMA hosts an annual conference connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America.

2020 NAISMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

October 6-8, 2020

Note: Read the latest NAISMA Coronavirus update.

The 2020 NAISMA Annual Conference will be held on a virtual platform rather than our traditional in-person meeting in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The NAISMA Board of Directors, Staff, and Planning Committee are exited for this year’s opportunity through digital technology to bring our high quality agenda, professional development, and networking opportunities to anyone in North America and beyond. 

The agenda will kick off on Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT and will end Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 PM. EDT / 1:00 PM PDT.

This year’s virtual conference will be presented live during the conference dates. Sessions will also be recorded for post-event attendee access. Attendees will be able to log in to view presentations for up to 1 year after the event.

Daily conference schedule (all times are Eastern Daylight Time)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Plenary Session
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Break (facilitated virtual discussions)
12:30pm – 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions I (3 tracks)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual Coffee Break (facilitated virtual discussions)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions II (3 tracks)

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm Closing Remarks for the Day

In addition to a plenary session that will kick off each conference day, a total of 18, 90-minute concurrent sessions with 72 presentations (Four, 20-minute presentations per session) will be provided.

Virtual networking will be supported through our mobile and desktop App. NAISMA Staff, Board, and Planning Committee Members will facilitate live chats during sessions, breaks, and afterwards; Q&A at the end of all sessions. Topic-specific informal discussions during breaks will include aquatic invasive species techniques, outreach and education, policy, prevention tools, and more. 

Also new this year: an exhibitor demo session and a poster presentation lightning round.

Read more on our agenda details page, and check back regularly for updates.

A call for abstracts is available here

Abstracts for the virtual conference are due May 15 by 11:00 p.m. CST.

The only invasive species management conference to…

Bridge geographic divides

between West and East, North and South, land and water

Connect science to action

through research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America

Transboundary Cooperation

Our 2020 Conference will feature topics with national, and international reach and impact; case studies of regional partnerships; and technical updates.

What to Expect

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Unparalleled breadth. Expert insight. Inspiring content that bridges all corners of North America, all disciplines, and all taxa within invasive species management. 

What’s Different

Virtual sessions will include interactive Q&A and panel discussions; connect with attendees and speakers directly on the Conference Mobile App social networking area before, during, and after the conference.

Registration

Virtual conference registration information can be found below. If you registered previously for the in-person conference, you will be refunded the difference.

Registration Pricing

  • $195 Non-Member
  • $150 Member
 

This year’s virtual conference pricing is a great deal for anyone who does invasive species management, research, policy, or outreach and education who are looking for an affordable professional development opportunity. The conference agenda will include at least 18, 90 minute sessions, 3 Keynote presentations, and several virtual networking opportunities.

2020 Virtual Conference pricing is more than 30% off our regular in-person conference. The registration fee this year includes access to all recorded conference presentations for up to 1 year after the event.

CEC / CEU credits will be applied for ISA, SAF, and some states’ Pesticide Applicator Credits. If you would like your state to be included for Pesticide Applicator CECs, please email Molly Bodde at .

Members get 25% off in 2020.

Not a member? Click here to join today, or register and choose “Virtual Conference + 1 Year NAISMA Membership” to get NAISMA membership included with your registration.

Members: check your email or visit the Members’ Area for a special link to your discounted registration

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts submitted previously for oral presentations at the in-person conference will still be considered for the virtual event. 

The 2020 North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference will be broad in geographic scope, covering challenges and successes that impact and can influence all of North America including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects, pests, and pathogens
 

Abstracts for the virtual conference are due May 15 by 11:00 p.m. CST. 

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

The 2020 NAISMA Annual Conference is the organization’s 27th Annual Conference.

This year’s virtual conference will bring a truly national and international audience from across North America. Attendance at the live virtual event is expected to draw 400+ attendees from a range of backgrounds in invasive species management and all taxa. 

Sponsors and Exhibitors will have opportunities to network virtually with attendees during all live sessions and virtual networking sessions. Access to attendee contact information for those who have opted in will facilitate the conversation afterwards.

Exhibit and sponsor opportunities are limited. For more information, please email Belle Bergner at .

Location Details

Whitefish, Montana

Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is nestled at the edge of Glacier National Park. Each season offers breathtaking opportunity to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers.

All sessions and functions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake except field trips and the Thursday “Going to the Sun” reception.

 

Getting Here

Whitefish is located 30 minutes from the Kalispell / Glacier International Airport (FCA). Additional airports to consider are Missoula, MT (3 hour drive south of Whitefish) and Spokane, WA (3 hour drive West of Whitefish).
 

Transportation from the Airport

If you are flying in to Glacier International Airport (FCA), the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and Firebrand Hotel offer a complimentary shuttle service, 24 hours a day. Simply call the hotel, give them your flight information, and they will track your flight status. When you arrive, call the hotel to let them know you are ready for a pick up.
 

Meals Provided

The following meals will be included in the cost of registration and provided during the conference. All meals will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake unless otherwise noted. 
 
Tuesday, October 6
Breakfast
Break Service – morning and afternoon
Lunch
Welcome Reception
 
Wednesday, October 7
Breakfast
Break Service – morning only
Box lunches for field trip participants only
Not a Banquet – added, ticketed event, not included in registration
 
Thursday, October 8
Breakfast
Break Service – morning and afternoon
Lunch
“Going to the Sun” Reception at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish, MT
 

Restaurant Options

Both the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and the Firebrand Hotel have excellent in-house restaurants. A complimentary shuttle is available to transport attendees from the Lodge to downtown Whitefish, a 1.2 mile drive or 20 minute walk, where a wide variety of fantastic restaurants are available ranging from Italian, craft brew pubs, farm to table, American comfort food, and steakhouses.  Within a half mile or a 10 minute walk from the Lodge, there is a grocer and 4 restaurants including a local brew pub, Mexican restaurant, BBQ, and sushi.
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Hotel Accommodations

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a 4 Diamond resort hotel and conference center.

Book your room now at the Lodge or the sister property in town, the Firebrand Hotel. All conference sessions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake with a possible in-town reception near the Firebrand Hotel. More details to come.

Lodge at Whitefish Lake
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a 4 Diamond resort hotel and conference center. Unparalleled, spacious rooms feature fireplaces in every room, and there are a variety of room types to choose from.

Call 877-887-4026 for individual room reservations before Friday, September 04, 2020. Identify yourself as being with the NAISMA – MISC Joint Conference 2020 in order to receive the group rate. 

Early reservations are recommended. Call the number below or click on the link for online reservations. One night’s room and tax will be collected at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. 

On-Line Reservations: 
Click here to book online.

Group ID is: NAISMA20 
Group PASSWORD is: LODGE 

The Lodge offers a free shuttle from the Kalispell (FCA) airport. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.

The Firebrand Hotel (1.5 miles from main conference hotel) is right in the heart of Whitefish. Featuring a more modern setting, rooftop deck with fire pit and hot tub, fantastic lounge and restaurant on site, walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shops, the Firebrand is a fun place to stay. A free shuttle to the main conference hotel 1.5 miles away and Kalispell (FCA) airport will be available throughout the conference. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.

Early reservations are recommended. Call the number below or click on the link for online reservations.

Call 406.863.4055 or toll free 877.887.4026 before Friday, September 04, 2020. Mention you are with the NAISMA – MISC Joint Conference 2020 in order to receive the contracted group rates. 

The first night’s room and tax will be collected at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. 

On-Line Reservations: 
Guests may book from the group room block online by utilizing the groups login here.
Group ID is: NAISMA20 
Group PASSWORD is: FIREBRAND 
Book your room now at the Lodge or the sister property in town, the Firebrand Hotel. All conference sessions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake with a possible in-town reception near the Firebrand Hotel. More details to come.

The Lodge offers a free shuttle from the Kalispell (FCA) airport. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.