Call For Abstracts
The 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association seeks abstracts for presentations for its Joint Conference with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, September 30, 2019 - October 3, 2019 at the Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. This Joint Conference will cover all categories of invasive organisms (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects and pathogens) and habitats. Presentations will cover a breadth of species and issues impacting different areas of North America, highlighting efforts in the Northeast, and seek to promote information sharing and collaboration across regions. If interested in proposing a special session or workshop, please send a description of the session by email directly to bbergner@naisma.org by COB March 1, 2019. Once approved, special session organizers will be given specific abstract submission guidelines for presenters.
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The purpose of this conference is to provide a venue for learning about and sharing the latest research, management tools, and policy updates to inform and improve invasive species prevention, detection, control, and management outcomes on-the-ground. Presentations will be geared towards a broad audience including land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, landscape and nursery professionals, business leaders, foresters, environmental consultants, lake association members, lake improvement district professionals, private landowners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations. 
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Sessions will include policy, prevention, detection, control and mitigation techniques, restoration, biocontrol, prescribed fire, citizen science, climate change, decision science and other special topics.
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This year's conference theme is Connecting Science to Action. The organizing committee is especially interested in presentations that provide examples of: (1) how science is being used by invasive species managers and related professionals to inform and improve management decisions, (2) how managers can inform, and are currently informing research on invasive species and (3) information on new policies, methods and technologies being used to prevent, detect, or manage invasive species.
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Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations pertaining to the topics listed above as well as related invasive species management or research topics.

 All general session abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline of April 3, 2019.
A program committee will review and approve abstracts. Acceptance will be based on the quality of the written abstract, its relevance to the conference theme and session topics, and receipt of abstract by the deadline. Oral presentation slots are limited and authors are asked to indicate whether they would be willing present their information in poster format in the event that the committee does not approve the abstract for a 20 minute oral presentation slot. Interested in submitting a proposal for a special session or workshop? See instructions at the end of this form.
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Click the button below to go to the abstract submission form. Abstracts for general sessions are due by COB April 3, 2019. The form will remain open until all presentation slots are filled. Abstract submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Meeting committee on an ongoing basis. Authors will be notified of acceptances as soon as possible so that travel arrangements can be made.
   
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SPECIAL SESSION INSTRUCTIONS: Special sessions and workshops are sessions that are organized by an organization or agency that takes full responsibility for inviting speakers and moderating at the conference. All special sessions will consist of 4, 20 minute presentations with a 10 minute discussion session at the end for a total of 90 minutes unless an alternate format is approved by the conference organizing committee. Workshops will also be 90 minutes in length unless an alternate length is approved by the committee. Special session organizers must email a proposed description with a list of speakers by COB March 1, 2019 to bbergner@naisma.org. If accepted, all presenters in special sessions are required to submit an abstract for their presentation. Only special session requests should be emailed. General program abstracts should be submitted through this form.