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First circular

Dear colleagues,

The 14th International Symposium « Ecology of Aphidophaga » will be held at University of Quebec at Montreal (Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM) located in downtown Montreal (Quebec, Canada) from 16 to 20 September 2019.

It will be 20 years since the last Aphidophaga took place in the province of Quebec in Canada and we are grateful to the Scientific Committee of Aphidophaga and the International Organization of Biological Control (IOBC) for choosing Montreal as the venue for the 14th Symposium. We are also grateful to the IOBC for supporting the meeting. All symposium information will be provided in both English and French, Canada’s two official languages.

Site

Montreal is the most populous city in the province of Quebec and the 2nd most populous in Canada. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes by car from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which is connected by direct flight to 140 destinations offered by 30 carriers.

Montreal is a cosmopolitan bilingual city (French/English) where European and American cultures are mixed. Sightseeing include Old Montreal, Mount Royal, Underground City, Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, museums, Olympic Stadium, Botanical Garden, Biodome, Insectarium and Biosphere.

UQAM is a francophone public university and was founded in 1969 by the government of Quebec, through the merging of the fine arts school École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, the college Sainte-Marie and a number of smaller schools. UQAM has a population of about 40,000 students in six faculties (Arts, Education, Communication, Political Science and Law, Science and Social science) and one school (Management).

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Organizing committee

Local organizing committee is composed of Eric Lucas (professor, UQAM), Geneviève Labrie (researcher, OBV Yamaska), Annie-Ève Gagnon (research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Daniel Cormier (research scientist, IRDA), Olivier Aubry (lecturer, UQAM) and Julie-Eleonore Maisonhaute (lecturer, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières).

Professor J.P. Michaud (Kansas State University, USA), Chair of Working Group “Ecology of Aphidophaga”.

Symposium themes

The purpose of Aphidophaga is to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of research on organisms contributing to the mortality of aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Aphidophagous organisms include predators, parasitoids and pathogens of aphids. Acceptable topics include the following:

  • Systematics and Phylogeny
  • Morphology and Physiology
  • Chemical ecology
  • Behaviour
  • Voltinism and diapause
  • Seasonal adaptation
  • Climatic changes
  • Distribution in habitats
  • Population dynamics
  • Modelling
  • Food relationships
  • Impact of aphidophaga on aphid populations
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Aphidophaga natural enemies
  • Intraguild interactions
  • Tritrophic interactions
  • Invasive aphidophaga

The Symposium program will include invited plenary lectures (45 min), submitted oral presentations (15 min) and concurrent poster sessions. All submissions should be accompanied by an abstract and are subject to approval by the convenors. An abstract book of all contributions will be distributed to all registered participants. Only the abstracts of registered participants will be printed in the book. Proposals for organized symposia on special topics will be considered upon request.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be available in various hotels, ranging from 2-stars to 5-stars, near the Symposium venue at special rates for participants. Students or other interested people may request more economical accommodation in a student hostel. More details on accommodation alternatives will be given in the second circular.

Climate

The climate in Montreal during September is mild. In September, the temperature has an average low of 11 °C and an average high of 21 °C. The average rainfall is 83 mm.

Program

Sunday – September 15th, 2019 – Arrival of participants

Monday – September 16th, 2019 – Symposium opening + Talks, poster session

Tuesday – September 17th, 2019 – Talks, poster session

Wednesday – September 18th, 2019 – Excursion

Thursday – September 19th, 2019 – Talks, poster session + Conference banquet

Friday – September 20th, 2019 – Talks, poster session

Registration fees

Category
Early registration1

(until 31th May 2019)
Late registration

(from 1st June 2019)
Participant
595 $CA
750 $CA
Graduate student
395 $CA
500 $CA
Accompanying person *
350 $CA
400 $CA
1 Early price (participant): approximately 455 $US and 395 euros

* Fee includes: conference banquet + Excursion and lunch (Wednesday)

Registration fee includes:

·         Admission to Scientific Sessions

·         Conference Material (program, abstract book, conference bag, etc.)

·         Conference banquet

·         All lunches (midday) and coffee breaks

·         Conference excursion and lunch (Wednesday)

Students grants

Information for the student grants will be given in the 2nd circular. Applicants must be under the age of 35 and members of IOBC in good standing. Reimbursement is limited to travel and accommodation expenses. Application forms will be available on the web site in the near future.

Interest in participation

If you are interested to receive next circulars, please sent an e-mail to : aphidophaga14@uqam.ca

 

Registration form for the symposium and hotel information will be provided in the second circular that will be distributed in early January 2019, along with detailed travel information on how to reach Montreal by air, motorway and rail. All information will also be posted on the website.

https://www.aphidophaga14.uqam.ca/

We hope that the forthcoming Symposium will interest you and look forward to welcoming you to Montreal. Please forward this message to all colleagues who may be interested.

 

Steering committee, Ecology of Aphidophaga 14

J.P. Michaud, N.G. Kavallieratos, K. Giles, W. Weisser, E. Lucas

Organizing committee, Ecology of Aphidophaga 14

E. Lucas, G. Labrie, A.E. Gagnon, D. Cormier, O. Aubry, J.E. Maisonhaute