The 11th International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance (ISFFEI) will be held at Macquarie University in Sydney next week from 13 – 18 November. The conference is hosted by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and organised in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“Since the original symposium in Athens, Greece in 1982, the aim of these meetings has been to gather scientists, researchers, and those involved in plant protection agencies and phytosanitary programs to share knowledge, technologies and experiences regarding fruit flies,” said Dr Polychronis Rempoulakis, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee.
“Over the past 40 years, these symposia have contributed to the global development and improvement of environmentally-friendly control methods, management strategies that minimize the negative effects of fruit fly pests, and the development of a very strong network of tephritidologists,” he said.
Dr Rempoulakis also highlighted the value of the networking opportunities created by the ISFFEI. This year’s event will attract a strong overseas delegation who are keen to reconnect with colleagues, interact in person and to experience Australian hospitality.
“The event is also a fantastic opportunity for locals to engage in the fruit fly space and to attend and connect with the latest research and world leading experts,” he said.
Registrations are still open, click here.