Friday, December 5, 2014

Dr. G. Keith Douce makes invited presentation at European Invasive Alien Species information system meeting in Antalya, Turkey

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 ( also held in Antalya, Turkey on November 3-8, 2014.