Invasive Weed Conference 2017

International Invasive Weed Conference:

‘Management, Understanding and a Look to the Future’

This conference has been allocated 6 BASIS points




Date & Venue:Venue for PCA Invasive Weed Conference 2017

Thursday, 23rd November 2017
The Møller Centre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DE (Sat Nav use CB3 0DS)

Conference Programme:

This years Invasive Weed Conference will explore a host of topics related to non-native invasive weeds, the challenges they pose and their management. The programme features a range of knowledgeable speakers and presentations will provide delegates with some valuable insights.

The conference will look at a variety of species, not just Japanese Knotweed. Once again the programme includes professionals from Europe who will be able to provide a European perspective on topics.

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** NOTE: Accommodation at Møller Centre sold out (as of 07/11/17) **


Session 1: ‘Management’

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Neil Strong, Environment Manager, Network Rail: “Management of buddleia on the operational railway”

Alex Brook, Senior Contracts Manager (Invasives), Ebsford Environmental Ltd: “Invasive non-native aquatic weeds: an often underestimated problem”

Tom Robinson, Tom Robinson Sprays: “Investigation into the performance of different spray nozzles used for controlling Japanese knotweed”

Dr Ken Thompson, Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield: “Propagules of invasive species – some biology”


Session 2: ‘Understanding’

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Maria do Rosário Pereira Fernandes, University of Lisbon: “Remote detection of giant reed invasions in riparian habitats: challenges and opportunities for management planning”

Jane Birch, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Environment Agency: “Impact of the invasive non-native species Hydrocotyle ranunculoides L.f (Floating Pennywort)”

Dr Uwe Starfinger, Julius Kühn-Institute, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants: “Risk assessment of invasive alien plants and the work of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation”


Session 3: ‘A Look to the Future’

Confirmed speakers:

Philip Santo, Philip Santo & Co.: “Japanese Knotweed: A legal update”

Barrie Hunt, Technical Development Manager, Monsanto: “What’s left to put in the sprayer?”

Craig Lee, Senior Policy Adviser, Invasive Non-native Species Team, Defra: “The future for Invasive Non-native Species Regulation in England”

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Panel debate:

The conference will conclude with a panel debate: “What would be the two main changes you anticipate in the management of invasive non-native plants in the next five years?”

Delegates will be able to pose their questions and share thoughts and experiences.

Confirmed panel members:

Kate Hills, Invasive Non-native Species Ecologist, South West Water
Camilla Morrison-Bell, Senior Policy Officer, British Ecological Society
Jonathan Newman, Managing Director, Waterland Management Ltd
Trevor Renals, Senior Technical Adviser Invasive Species, Environment Agency
Dr Richard Shaw, Country Director, CABI UK

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5 reasons to attend:

Delegates attending the Invasive Weed Conference will benefit from:

  • 6 BASIS points
  • CPD points
  • High calibre and insightful speakers, leaders in their field
  • Enhanced professional knowledge by hearing about some of the latest research on non-native invasive species
  • Extensive networking opportunities


Delegate rates:

PCA member: £85 + vat
Non PCA member: £150 + vat


Booking Form:

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The Booking form also includes the option to book a place at the Pre-Conference Dinner on the evening of 22nd November 2017 at The Møller Centre (£25 + vat per person)

Watch our video filmed at last year’s conference, including interviews with some of the delegates:

About the PCA Invasive Weed Control Group

(Buddleia image: GBNNSS)