A big event on the international pest calendar, ICUP 2020 will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

Held once every three years, the date and venue for the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) has been announced. The conference is, once again, to be held in Europe and will take place from June 29 to July 1 2020 at the prestigious Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona, Spain. This will be the tenth in the series of ICUP conferences.

As at previous ICUP conferences, the programme will address the science and management of a wide variety of urban pests and vectors, including those of hygiene, structural and medical importance. These include bed bugs, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, flying and crawling insects, birds and invasive species. Pests of rising significance that have caused researchers to revaluate management practices will also be addressed.

Other sessions will focus on the future direction of urban pest control, assessing current methods for chemical and non-chemical control. There will be a look at complementary technology including GIS, monitoring tools and public participation in scientific research. The impact of regulatory and stewardship challenges will also be discussed.

In addition to the main conference sessions, there will be break-out sessions and workshops, as well as the ever popular conference dinner.

Equally important are the informal networking times when views are freely exchanged between delegates and friendships formed.

This highly popular, non-profit conference is the leading international forum for sharing information and ideas on the impact, biology and control of pests in the urban environment. It is attended by entomologists, pest management professionals, and academic and government scientists from around the world. Uniquely, this event can boast a band of very loyal delegates, many of whom have attended either all, or virtually all, of the events since its formation in 1993.

Event organisers have put out a call for presentations, inviting all those working, or researching, within the eld of urban pest management to offer an abstract detailing their work to the organising committee. If accepted, their paper will be presented at the event and published within the proceedings. The deadline for offers of abstracts is September 16, 2019.

Those interested in submitting an abstract can do so via the ICUP event website. Accepted authors will be contacted in November with their final manuscript due by January 30, 2020. Presentations from the previous conferences can be found on the main ICUP website.

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