The 2019 International Invasive Weed Conference will bring a wealth of knowledge together from industry-experts and we are delighted to share the Conference Programme with you! Join us for what is set to be a fantastic event as we discuss ‘Challenges – Solutions – Developments’ facing the invasive weed sector.

‘What good has research ever done for Japanese knotweed?’ is the topic for debate in our ‘Expert Question Time’. The abundance of experience from these leading professionals is sure to spark lively discussion and generate innovative suggestions and ideas for the future.

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Conference Programme

Session 1 – Challenges

09.40: Session Chair: Dr Sarah Webster, Defra

  • 09.50: What’s Europe Ever Done for Us? – Professor Max Wade, AECOM
  • 10.10: Invasive Weed Management in Ireland: Current Challenges – Professor Joe Caffrey, INVAS Biosecurity
  • 10.30: Yorkshire Invasive Weed Programme – Gavin Coe, River Stewardship Company (RSC)
  • 10.50: Update on Parliamentary Select Committee, Science & Technology – Robert Stevens, Nationwide
  • 11.10: Q&A Session

Session 2 – Solutions

11.45: Session Chair: Dr Karen Bacon, National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 11.55: Biological Control of Himalayan Balsam – Kate Pollard, CABI
  • 12.15: Accurate Risk mapping and Image Classification for Japanese knotweed: What have the Machines Learned? – Dr Oliver Pescott, CEH
  • 12.35: Work Like a Dog: Sniffing out Japanese knotweed – Helga Heylen, Conservation Dogs, Ireland
  • 12.55: Application Methods for Successful Japanese knotweed Control – Dr Dan Jones, Swansea University
  • 13.15: Q&A Session

Session 3 – Developments

14.30: Session Chair: Dr Lois Child, Loughborough University

  • 14.40: Profiling our Businesess: Is There Growth in Japanese knotweed – Kay Pemberton, Japanese Knotweed Ltd
  • 15.00: Training: What’s Next? – Dr Peter Fitzsimons, PCA
  • 15.20: Legal Update – Donna Dewberry, Charles Lyndon
  • 15.40: Q&A Session

Expert Question Time

“What good has research ever done for Japanese knotweed?” 

15.45: Introduction from ‘Expert Question Time’ Chair: Dr Olaf Booy, NNSS

Panellists: Dr Wayne Dawson, University of Durham, Dr Paul Beckett, Phlorum Ltd, Dr Karen Bacon, National University of Ireland, Galway, Dr Dan Jones, Swansea University

16.15: ‘A Penny for Your Thoughts’ – Trevor Renals, Environment Agency


Delegate prices

PCA Members
£100 +VAT

£150 +VAT

There will also be a Pre-Conference Dinner on the evening of 20th November and will cost £32.50 +VAT per head.

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