On behalf of the International Organizing Committee of 2nd ICBI, we have great honor to invite you to participate in this important congress.
In response to the global challenge of invasive alien species (IAS), the 1st ICBI was held in Fuzhou, China (2-6 November 2009) with an ‘overwhelming success’ by more than 500 participants from 44 countries. IBCI 2009 concluded with unanimous support for the ‘Fuzhou Declaration’ which includes a recommendation of ICBI becoming a regular international event on biological invasions with 4 year interval.
As agreed with the International Expert Committee, the 2nd ICBI has been deliberatively proposed to be held on 23-27 October, 2013, Qingdao, China. It will be jointly sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China Society of Plant Protection, CAB International, the Centre for Management of Invasive Alien Species of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Qingdao Agricultural University, Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network and in collaboration with other ten institutes.
We believe that international cooperation is very important in preventing and controlling the spread of invasive species globally. ICBI 2013 will provide a venue for participants with different background and from different countries to exchange and to explore collaboration opportunities. By openly sharing information and technologies and collaborative research, each country will benefit from each other and finally we can manage IAS ecologically and sustainably.
ICBI 2013 will continue to facilitate the exchange of cutting edge research and technical innovations among experts working in the field of biological invasions. It will cover every aspect of the discipline from fundamental research to field management of IAS. It will also address the global challenges of food security and part solutions in relation with IAS.
We warmly encourage and welcome you to join us in this landmark event. We look forward to your attendance and active participation at the ICBI in October 2013.
Dr. Wu Kongming
Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Trevor Nicholls
CEO of CABI