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Weed Science Society Meetings Will Focus on New Technologies, New Research and Regulatory Landscape

Weed Science Society Meetings Will Focus on New Technologies, New Research and Regulatory Landscape

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – November 7, 2017 –  The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and its affiliated weed science societies will use their upcoming annual meetings to highlight the latest research and developments for managing weeds and invasive plants.  The meetings are expected to draw a wide range of scientists, students, educators and other individuals interested in sustainable weed management and conservation of our natural resources. 

The WSSA’s annual meeting will be January 29-February 1, 2018, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to hundreds of weed science posters and presentations, six special symposia are scheduled:

  • Fostering Sustainable Programs to Improve Pesticide Applications and Promote Resistance Management
  • Grade Report for New Dicamba Technology
  • Pesticide Registration in the U.S. and How the WSSA Can Inform the Process
  • Herbicide Metabolism in Crops and Weeds: A Revisit, Current Understanding and New Insights
  • The State of the Weed Control Industry
  • Learning by Listening: Herbicide Resistance Listening Sessions

Other highlights include a weed science teaching workshop, a special breakfast for women in weed science, and a career workshop and other events especially tailored for students. Pre-conference activities include tours of both the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Botany Department at the National Museum of Natural History.

For the first time, the WSSA annual meeting registration fee will include a free one-year membership in the Society.  In addition, discounted rates are available for early-bird registration.  Details are available online at the Society’s website www.wssa.net.   

Weed Science Society Meeting Schedules

  • Canadian Weed Science Society/Société canadienne de malherbologie (CWSS-SCM) Meeting, November 20-23, 2017

CWSS will hold its annual meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at the Radisson Saskatoon. The plenary session entitled “Revolutionizing Weed Science with New Technologies” will focus on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and digital imagery in weed research, crop consulting and industry.  Afterwards, interactive sessions are planned on new technologies and on managing resistant weeds in agriculture.

A wide range of additional learning opportunities are on the agenda, including regulatory reports, discussions of weed management in various crops, and a session on the biology and ecology of invasive and noxious weeds.  Additional details and registration information are available at http://weedscience.ca/meeting-home.

  • North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS), December 4-7, 2017

NCWSS will convene its annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  Meeting details are posted at http://ncwss.org/annual-meeting.

  • Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS), January 9-11, 2018

NEWSS will hold its annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the Northeastern Plant, Pest and Soils Conference. The event will be held at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.  Meeting details can be found at www.newss.org/meeting.

  • Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS), January 21-24, 2018

The SWSS annual meeting is scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia, at the Hyatt Regency.  Registration information and meeting details are posted at www.swss.ws/annual-meeting.

  • Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), March 12-15, 2018

The WSWS annual meeting will be held in Anaheim, California, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Details are available at www.wsweedscience.org/annual-meeting.

About the Weed Science Society of America

The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.wssa.net.

Media Contact:                                             

Lee Van Wychen
Science Policy Director
National & Regional Weed Science Societies
[email protected]