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Dear Colleagues,

The 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia, September 11-15, 2017.

Please reserve this time period in your agenda!

Scope and History of this Symposium
This conference continues the series of international symposia on the biological control of arthropods held every four years. The goal of these symposia is to create a forum for biological control researchers and practitioners who conduct arthropod biological control programmes where they can meet to exchange information and discuss up-to-date issues relating to biological control. The scope of this symposium encompasses the use of parasitoids and predators and not on other natural enemy groups. The scientific sessions will cover the various approaches to biological control, e.g. conservation, augmentation, and importation of natural enemy species for the control of arthropod targets. They will also consider various transversal issues, including the uptake of biological control and socio-economic impact. In addition, there will also be one or two sessions designed to enhance inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Dr Roy Van Driesche was the founder of the symposia and held the first meeting in Hawaii in January 2002. The second meeting took place in Davos, Switzerland, in September 2005, the third in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2009 and the latest one was held in Pucón, Chile, in March 2013. The upcoming 5th symposium will follow the proven format and framework of the previous four symposia as they have all been very successful and highly appreciated by the participants.

Organisation and Format of the Symposium
Proposals for scientific sessions, themes and session organizers will be received and selected by the scientific committee. The selection of presentations will be the responsibility of the session organizers in collaboration with the scientific committee. Submissions not accepted as oral presentations due to time restrictions will still be considered as poster presentations.

The aim of the meeting is to stimulate ideas by presenting new information. Therefore, all presentations should present original project data rather than overviews, summaries, or well-known material. The scientific outputs from post graduate students and post docs are particularly welcome.

The meeting will span over one week (arrival Saturday/Sunday, meeting Monday through Friday), with four days devoted to talks and one (Wednesday) for field trips. There will be no concurrent sessions, in order to provide the greatest opportunity to interact, and posters will be displayed for the entire duration of the meeting.

International Participation
An important goal of these meetings is to be truly international, with good participation from all parts of the world. After previously being held in North and South America, Europe and Australasia, it is a great opportunity to be able to host the symposium in continental Asia and to be able to link in a number of colleagues from this region who have previously not had the opportunity to participate. As such, it is an excellent opportunity to create and expand networks.

To promote international participation, the local organizing committee will identify “Regional Coordinators” whose job will be to promote awareness of the meeting among biological control workers in specific geographic areas. Selected scientific session leaders will also be requested to ensure an international atmosphere during sessions.

Meeting Location - Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s north-western coast. Since 2008 the archipelago’s official title has been changed to Langkawi Permata Kedah (Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah), no doubt inspired by the island’s clear waters, relatively pristine beaches, picturesque paddy fields and intact verdant jungle. If guests venture just a little way off the main beaches then they will find the idyllic rural Malaysia with traditional kampung (villages) and a laid-back ambience. The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities. The weather in Langkawi is consistently hot and humid all year round, with occasional rainfall and cloudy skies that are thankfully never too drastic. As Langkawi is situated near the equator, the island enjoys a tropical nature with the Andaman Sea remaining relatively calm all year long. Due to its consistent climate the island can be visited at any time of the year.

Hotels
The conference hotel will be the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort, Langkawi, which has professional meeting facilities. Designed in the style of a traditional Malay village, the conference hotel sits alongside the white sandy beaches of the famous Cenang Beach in Langkawi, Malaysia. The 35-acre beach resort offers a relaxing atmosphere amidst a lush tropical environment. The guestrooms are housed in clusters of single- and double-storey wooden chalets built on stilts, each with spacious verandas overlooking stunning views of the ocean or the surrounding landscaped gardens. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. We were able to negotiate very competitive rates for the participants of the meeting and we can thoroughly recommend this place.

Additionally, we have arranged a block of rooms in the three-star hotel, Cenang Plaza Beach Hotel, Langkawi, which is within a 5 to 7 minute walking distance of the conference hotel/venue. This budget accommodation is nestled in the heart of Pantai Cenang, an ideal spot from which the participants can discover the city centre. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, daily housekeeping, and a 24-hour front desk service. The guestrooms feature a variety of comforts and most have a television and air conditioning. We can highly recommend this hotel as an excellent spot for participants with limited travel budgets.

Costs
The costs for participants will be comparable to previous symposia. Hotel accommodation will be RM 280 per night in the Cenang Plaza (budget option) and RM 600 per night in the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort (conference location). Early registration fee will be USD 550 (USD 350 for students).

We are looking forward to arranging a stimulating conference and hope that you will be able to participate. In case you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact the ISBCA Symposium Secretary ( ).

With kind regards,

Dr. Ulli Kuhlmann
CABI
Chair Scientific Programme Committee
u.kuhlmann@cabi.org
Dr Loke WaiHong
CABI Malaysia
Chair Local Organizing Committee
w.loke@cabi.org