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The International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) will be held Aug. 7-10 in Brazil. March 17 is the deadline for early registration and manuscript submissions.

| March 7, 2011

The International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) will be held Aug. 7-10 in Brazil. March 17 is the deadline for early registration and manuscript submissions.

The organizers of the forthcoming International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP), to be held Aug. 7-10 in Brazil, remind all authors that the deadline for submission of the manuscripts is March 17. Full details on how to submit spoken and poster presentation manuscripts are available at www.icup2011.com/manuscript.html

Delegates are also invited to register and benefit from the early bird discount which also ends on March 17. At this early rate a full registration for the entire ICUP conference is $500 or $200 for full-time students. Or, attendance at the two workshops only is $200 per workshop. After March 17 and until July 29, the rates increase to $690 for a full registration, $230 for full-time students and $230 per workshop.

This event builds on the success of the six previous conferences, and is held only once every three years. The next ICUP conference is, for the first time, to be held in South America at Ouro Preto, Brazil – itself a World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO.

This triennial conference offers an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and information on the biology and control of pests in urban environments. At the previous conferences, delegates included prominent entomologists, pest management and chemical company professionals, university scientists and authorities from all over the world.

The program will cover the full range of international urban pests, ranging from ants, houseflies, mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches and bedbugs, to spiders, scorpions, rodents and bats. Issues such as global legislation, insecticide resistance and the future of urban pest research will also be covered. In addition to the platform sessions, there will also be poster presentations. Plenary, general sessions and workshops will have simultaneous translation (English/Portuguese/English).

In addition to the conference plenary sessions, there are special workshops were the active participation of delegates is sought. The workshop on Aug. 8 will be a pest control operator day with the emphasis on updates on urban pests, whereas the workshop running Aug. 9-10 will discuss pests in historic buildings.

As at previous ICUP Conferences, delegates will receive a bound copy of the proceedings, containing the text of all presentations.

There will also be time for informal discussion between delegates, social events such as the conference dinner to be held at the Gold Mine, as well as opportunities to explore the stunning sites of Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto is one of the best conserved historic cities of Brazil. Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (meaning black gold) is a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a former colonial mining town located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture. As Ana Eugênia de Carvalho Campos, the conference chairperson explains:  “We selected Ouro Preto not only for the beauty of the town and the environs, but also because it has affordable hotels and is well known for its warm hospitality.”

For international travelers, the nearest airport is Belo Horizonte - Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport. There are direct international flights to Belo Horizonte airport from Europe (Lisbon and Paris), North America (Miami) and from Central America (Panama). There are frequent flights from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. The conference organisers will arrange for coach transfer buses from Belo Horizonte airport to Ouro Preto. These will either be at a reasonable price, or possibly free, depending on sponsorship.

The organizers have appointed the travel agency Mac Viagens to assist with air tickets, hotel accommodation and transportation.

For full details concerning the programme, registration, travel and accommodation see www.icup2011.com
Previous ICUP conferences were held in Cambridge, England (1993), Edinburgh, Scotland (1996) Prague, Czech Republic (1999), Charleston, USA (2002), Singapore (2005) and Budapest, Hungary (2008).
Access to presentations from the previous conferences are available at www.icup.org.uk.

For further information contact:
Ana Eugênia de Carvalho Campos – Chairperson
Instituto Biológico, São Paulo, Brazil
Email: icup@eventus.com.br
Or
Frances McKim, ActiveSolutions
Email: frances@activesolutions.uk.com
 

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