Observatree/IPSN Conference on Tree and Plant Health Early Warning Systems in Europe


London, UK

Start Date:

Tuesday 23rd February


23-24 February 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


In recent years Europe has seen a sharp rise in the number of invasive tree and plant pests and diseases. This can lead to large scale environmental and economic damage.


Developing early warning systems is paramount to fighting future outbreaks as they can:

-Increase knowledge

-Raise awareness

-Monitor new outbreaks or spreads


Opening the conference will be Dr Gemma Harper, Chief Social Scientist for Defra. The first session will be chaired by Dr David Slawson, Imperial College OPAL Director. This will offer updates and insights from existing early warning systems including Observatree and International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN).


Following sessions will focus on perspectives from:

-Volunteers; chaired by Dr Gabriel Hemery, Sylva Foundation

-Scientists; chaired by Dr Richard Baker, Defra

-Policy-makers and funders; chaired by Dr Anne-Sophie Roy, EPPO


There is no fee to attend the conference but numbers are limited due to the venue size. If necessary, the conference organisers will select participants to ensure a wide geographical and thematic spread. All successful applicants will be informed by the end of November.


Abstract submission closes on Wednesday 14 October and you will be told whether you have been successful by the end of November.


Lunch and refreshments are included on both days. A drinks reception will be held at the end of the first day.


This conference is organised in co-operation with EPPO.

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