12th-14th September 2022

Venue, Swansea University, Wales UK

Images of insects, forestry and pesticide spraying. With the swansea University and ibm logo
image of ibma logo and swansea uni logo
image of Tariq Butt and Ian Baxter

’New IPM – a modern and multidisciplinary approach to crop protection’

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is undergoing a rapid change as modern technologies such as electronic sensors, robotic crop inspectors and low-energy lighting are becoming normalised in the horticultural sector.  Indeed, this ‘high-tech approach’ is not just reserved for protected crops as drone technology, satellite imagery and nutrient mapping are changing the way arable and fruit tree farmers approach problems by providing an almost unlimited level of detailed information that is helping the grower in new and exciting ways.  

This conference aims to recognise and disseminate the innovative programs that make up New IPM in today’s world and highlight the barriers to development and commercialisation.

Too often, IPM discussions focus on singular aspects such as the role of beneficial arthropods or biopesticides. However at a practical level implementation of IPM relies on a matrix of receiving accurate, timely and appropriate information which is channelled to a properly trained decision-maker who, ultimately, has access to a pest-management toolkit that is fit-for-purpose. 

To make all of this happen, it requires a combined effort and the collaboration of industry, academia and the regulatory authorities.

This conference will provide an opportunity for representatives from all of these stakeholders to communicate and build productive relationships that provide a launchpad for New IPM. 

Following the symposium there will be a free Collaborative R&D Funding Support Networking Day on Wednesday 14 September 2022. Organised by Swansea University’s Research and Innovation Services REIS, and supported by SCoRE Cymru, this free networking session will offer an opportunity for Welsh industry and academia to network with international partners.

The focus will be funding opportunities from UK and EU sources, in particular Horizon Europe Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and environment) and related calls around plant health, resilient infrastructure and low risk pesticides.