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


October 6-8, 2020: Whitefish, Montana

co-hosted by the Montana Invasive Species Council

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are due Friday, April 17, 2020 by 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 
(Submission deadline has been extended by 2 weeks.)

The 2020 North American Invasive Species Management Association – Montana Invasive Species Council Joint Conference will cover all categories of invasive organisms in North America (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects, pests, and pathogens) with emphasis on Western habitats. 

The conference’s purpose is to improve management, prevention, control and mitigation of invasive species. It is geared toward a broad audience to foster connecting science, policy, management, and outreach efforts. Attendees will include land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, foresters, environmental consultants, private landowners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations. 

If you are interested in proposing a special session, please contact bbergner@naisma.org  to discuss. If approved, session organizers will be given specific abstract submission guidelines for presenters.

All prospective presenters (including regular and special sessions) must submit abstracts by the abstract deadline.

A program committee will review and approve abstracts. Acceptance will be based on the quality of the written abstract, its relevance to the conference’s session topics, and receipt of abstract by the deadline. Oral presentation slots are limited. Oral presentation authors are asked in the abstract submission form to consider whether they would be willing to present their information in poster format in the event that the committee does not approve the abstract for a 20 minute oral presentation slot. Selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to provide a one-minute overview of their presentation in a poster presentation summary session.

Conference sessions will be organized around themes and topics below. Please choose the best option that describes your presentation from the list of themes here. Use the topic areas under the themes as examples of presentation topic areas.

The topics listed under each theme below are intended to be ideas and examples and are not comprehensive. Authors are invited to submit presentations on topics not listed here if they are relevant to invasive species concerns in the Western  or North America as a whole.

Emerging Issues

  • New terrestrial and aquatic species of concern
  • Effects of climate change on invasive species



  • Predictive risk assessment
  • Effective communication and best management practices for outreach
  • Community-based efforts
  • Identification training and new prevention tools


Advances in Control and Management

  • Physical and chemical control, 
  • Integrated pest management using multiple tools
  • Developing eradication or management plans
  • Biocontrol


Novel Approaches and Technology

  • Innovative programs
  • New reporting and tracking technology​
  • GIS and other mapping applications
  • Smartphone Apps
  • Social media and digital marketing
  • Boat Cleaning BMPs

Policy, Legislation and Economics

  • New or updated regulations
  • Decision support tools
  • Socio-economic impacts
  • Advances in enforcement
  • Watercraft inspection and enforcement
  • Federal, state and tribal regulations
  • Law enforcement issues or strategies that work


Interdisciplinary Topics

  • Citizen science and community of practice
  • Success stories
  • Engaging business and multiple stakeholders in management solutions
  • Restoration


Social and Human Dimensions of Invasive Species

  • Perceptions of the causes and consequences
  • How people are affected
  • How people respond to them 


Monitoring and How to Improve It

  • Survey and inventory methods
  • Data collection strategies
  • Measuring success

Abstracts may be submitted for oral presentations or posters. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Authors should carefully edit their abstracts before submission. The conference will not be responsible for editing abstracts.  Submit abstracts ready for publication following the guidelines below.

​Click here to go to the abstract submission form. 

  1. Title: Submit the title exactly as it will appear in the program.
  2. Authors: If there are more than three authors, list remaining authors, including affiliation, in the “Additional Authors” field. If there are multiple authors, please place an asterisk (*) after the name of the presenter. Including full contact information: affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. 
  3. Body of abstract: Body of abstract should be a single paragraph and provide a brief description of the project, methods, results, and conclusions as appropriate to the topic.
  4. Names of organisms: All organisms must be listed first by their common name with scientific names in parentheses. Subsequent references can be by common name.
  5. Names and application rates of pesticides: When referring to pesticides, initial reference should be to their active ingredients (e.g., in Herbicide Handbook, Weed Science Society of America). Trade names can be used subsequently. Rates and units of measurement should be clear.
  6. Numbers and units: Use either Imperial or metric units, but do not mix them.
  7. Biographical sketch: Please provide a brief biographical sketch (bio) 150 words or less that outlines the presenter’s expertise relative to the presentation. Bios will be provided to conference attendees.

Authors of accepted abstracts are responsible for registration fees and travel expenses. Registration fees for presenters will not be reduced or waived. 


Guidelines for Presentations: 

Oral Presentations 

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long unless otherwise instructed by conference organizers. Upon acceptance of abstracts, authors will be notified of the duration of their presentation. All presentations must be in PowerPoint (.pptx). Presenters will be instructed on how to submit their presentation files before the conference. Presentation files will be deleted from all computers immediately after the conference and will not be shared without author permission.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations must not exceed 48 x 48 inches.

For questions on abstract submission or presentation guidelines: 

Contact mbodde@naisma.org.