About the Conference

The conference Detection and control of forest invasive alien species in a dynamic world will offer an engaging platform for researchers, policymakers and practitioners, working on early detection and control of forest invasive alien species (IAS).  Participants will be able to exchange knowledge on the latest developments regarding methods for early detection of alien species and aspects of early warning and rapid response systems. During the conference, we will organise workshops on advances in methods to detect IAS, management of IAS at hot-spots and on the development of institutional frameworks for the management of invasive species.

Topics of the Conference

1  Alert lists of alien species

2  Information systems to record alien species

3  Development of institutional frameworks for early warning and rapid response to IAS

4  Understanding and mobilising public participation for early detection and management of IAS

5  Mitigation and control of IAS


Save the Dates

The conference will be held from 25-28 September 2019. We will dedicate the first three days to presentations and workshops. On the last day, we will organise a field trip.


The conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Information on the venue will be communicated in January 2019. 


If you are interested in participating, please apply through our online registration form. The deadline for registration is 30 August 2019. The conference is organised in the framework of project LIFE ARTEMIS and is therefore free of charge for all participants. However, travel costs, accommodation and food are not included.

Key Dates

Call for abstracts: 15 January 2019
Abstract submission deadline: extended till 1 June 2019
Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2019
Registration deadline: 30 August 2019
Conference dates: 25–28 September 2019


Scientific committee

Maarten de Groot, Nikica Ogris, Lado Kutnar, Jana Kus Veenvliet, Marija Kolšek, Aleksander Marinšek

Technical committee

Maarten de Groot, Simon Zidar, Judita Malovrh, Jana Kus Veenvliet, Boris Rantaša

The conference is organised in the framework of the project LIFE ARTEMIS is to contribute to the reduction of the harmful impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity by increasing public awareness and by setting up an effective early warning and rapid response framework for invasive alien species in forests. More information on the project can be found on www.tujerodne-vrste.info

Call for Abstracts

We kindly ask authors to propose one or more papers (oral or poster) on any of the topics of the conference in accordance with the following instructions:  

  • Abstracts should be submitted in English.
  • The abstract should not exceed 250 words.
  • 4-5 keywords should be added to the abstract.
  • Add all names of the authors (first name only in initials) in order of how they will appear in the printed version.
  • Underline the presenting author.
  • Add affiliation; when there are more affiliations involved add a number to the affiliation and the author
  • Add the type of presentation (oral or poster).

In certain cases, the scientific committee can propose a different way of presentation than preferred by the authors.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended till the 1 June 2019. Please send abstracts as an attachment to e-mail life.artemis@ias-conference.si. 

Authors will be notified about the acceptance by 30 June 2019. The accepted abstracts will be printed in the book of abstracts.