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WSSA and Affiliated Science Societies Share Plans for 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – January 13, 2021 – Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and two of its regional affiliates released details on their upcoming virtual annual meetings – each focused on research, innovations and best practices in weed control.

Details are below, listed in chronological order.

  • Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS), January 25-26, 2021

First up will be the SWSS annual meeting, based on the theme “Moving Obstacles.” The session will kick off on January 25 with a day of virtual talks by student weed scientists. A general session on January 26 will feature speakers from various backgrounds who will share the challenges they’ve faced in their careers, the paths they’ve traveled and the passions that have driven their success. A business meeting and annual awards presentation will wrap up the event. Registration information and further details are available online.

  • Weed Science Society of America, February 15-19, 2021

WSSA’s annual meeting will include an annual awards presentation, oral and poster presentations, a business meeting, and special networking sessions for both graduate students and women in weed science. Five special symposia will be offered, including:

  • Advances in sensor-based weed detection and precision management
  • A history, overview and plan of action on PPO-inhibiting herbicides
  • Beyond the boom – benefits of weed and brush management in grasslands
  • Optimizing invasive aquatic plant management, monitoring and outreach efforts to meet regional needs
  • Sustainable weed management – what is it and how are we doing?

Prerecorded presentations will be followed by live question and answer sessions. Further details and conference registration are available online.

  • Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), March 1-4, 2021

WSWS will host a joint meeting with the Western Aquatic Plant Management Society. Three symposia are planned for the joint event:

  • Updates from weed biocontrol: an unsung component of integrated weed management on land and in water
  • Annual invasive grass management
  • Are herbicide-resistant crops the solution to herbicide-resistant weeds?

The meeting will maintain popular components of previous face-to-face gatherings, including student contest presentations, student night out, an opening reception, awards presentations, a general business meeting and networking opportunities. Further details will be posted online as they become available.

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, Executive Director of Science Policy

National & Regional Weed Science Societies

[email protected], 202-746-4686