Activities and events

Upcoming IUFRO meetings

Theory and Practice to address Defoliating insects, Invasive Pests and Biological Control of Insects and Pathogens in Forests; Tokyo, Japan; 21-23 August 2024. Units involved: Parties 7.03.06, 7.03.12 and 7.03.13. Conference homepage  

Past IUFRO meetings

  • Biological invasions in forests: trade, ecology and management; Prague, Czech Republic; 20-24 September 2021. Units involved: 7.03.07, 7.03.12, 8.02.04. Early alert - Conference homepage - Report   
  • 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress; Freiburg, Germany; Session on Invasive Alien Species and International Trade - Detection Prior to Introduction, Measures and Policy for Mitigation; 20 September 2017.$/
  • A Global Perspective on the Ecology and Management of Bark and Wood Boring Insects; Bariloche, Argentina; 1-4 September 2015. Units involved: 7.03.05, 7.03.12. Conference homepage   
  • Alien invasive species and international trade, 4th meeting of IUFRO Unit 7.03.12; Qingdao, China; 23 October - 1 November 2013. Conference announcement - Report
  • Alien invasive species and international trade, 3rd meeting of IUFRO Unit 7.03.12; Tokyo, Japan; 10-16 June 2012. Conference homepage1st announcement - Report
  • Alien invasive species and international trade, 2nd meeting of IUFRO Unit 7.03.12; Shepherdstown, United States; 26-30 May 2008. Conference homepage - Programme - Business meeting - Report
  • Alien Invasive Species and International Trade; Polish Forest Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland; 3-7 July 2006

Activities of interest

  • International Conference on Sentinel Plantings; Sursee, Switzerland; 9-12 October 2018. Conference homepage  

  • Preparing Europe for invasion by the beetles emerald ash borer and bronze birch borer, two major tree-killing pests; Vienna, Austria; 1-4 October 2018. Conference homepagePREPSYS project  

  • EU COST Action FP1002 PERMIT (Pathway Evaluation and pest Risk Management In Transport): the Action which deals with pathways for international movement of pests (both insects and pathogens) and what generic risk mitigation measures can be applied to reduce pest transfers. We are also looking at how people through their behaviour and perceptions can influence pest risks. More information can be found on the Action website (

    For those readers in COST countries (see there is the opportunity of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) for Early Stage Researchers (i.e. within 8 years of post doctorate or equivalent qualification) to spend time in other COST countries to gain experience and work on topics related to the aims of the Action. Essentially, a grant of up to 2500 Euros can be offered to fund travel and subsistence. More details can be found on the Action website or by emailing me or the STSM coordinator, Dr Rimvys Vasaitis in at SLU in Sweden (Rimvys.Vasaitis(at) - Officeholders of Units 7.03.04, 7.03.12 and 7.03.13 are involved in PERMIT.