Dr. G. Keith Douce, Co-Director of The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health made an invited presentation at the European Union Cooperation in Science & Technology [COST] Action TD1209: European Information System for Alien Species working group meeting held in Antalya, Turkey on November 2nd & 3rd, 2014.
The TD1209 COST Action meeting was attended by 84 country-level representatives from 27 European countries as well as representatives from Australia and New Zealand. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate the development of a European Invasive Alien Species (IAS) information system using enhanced knowledge gathering and sharing through a network of [European] experts. This will enable effective and informed decision-making about IAS issues EU-wide as well as country-levels. Other objectives were developing and implementing Early Warning and Rapid Response (EWRR) tools and protocols and incorporating Citizen Scientists into the reporting and decision-making process. Dr. Douce was the only U.S. representative at the meeting and his presentation was titled: EDDMapS Europe: A possible framework for a European / North American coalition to deal with invasive alien species.
After the COST Action meeting, Dr. Douce made a presentation titled: EDDMAPS & Bugwood Apps: Using Information Technology & partnerships to collect data and map invasive species across the U.S. at the 8th International NEOBIOTA Conference on Biological Invasions (http://neobiota2014.org/) also held in Antalya, Turkey on November 3-8, 2014.