A very successful IOBC workshop was held in Engelberg, Switzerland, from 11-15 October 2015. The workshop brought together 19 participants from around the world to represent different aspects of biological control.
Pictured from left to right [bottom row]: Matthew Thomas; Kris Wyckhuys, Alberto Urbaneja, Jianqing Ding, Barbara Barratt, Franz Bigler; [row 2]: Joop van Lenteren, Jacques Brodeur, Roy van Driesche, George Heimpel, Cliff Moran, Richard Stouthamer; [top row]: Karel Bolckmans, Urs Schaffner, Peter McEvoy, Ulrich Kuhlmann, Jürgen Köhl; [not pictured]: Russell Messing, Matthew Cock
The context of the workshop was to address a number of scientific, economic, social and cultural impediments to wider implementation of biological control worldwide. In particular we wanted to
Participants were invited to give one or more presentations at the workshop, but the main purpose was for discussion. We wanted to draw together ideas from the participants on how we can address the main issues, and develop an action plan for the future. We are still working on drawing the outcomes from the workshop together, and agreement has been reached for a special issue of BioControl, which will involve all participants and document all aspects of the workshop.
Further to this, at the International congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, in September 2016 a symposium focussed on the outcome from the workshop will be held. This will allow further discussion with the biological control community.
The workshop was generously supported by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and Koppert Biological Systems.
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